Roam the Knight's Hall and the solars, live the part of a soldier in the hallways with loopholes, and admire the scenery from the vantage point. Raseborg medieval castle is one of the most grand castle ruins in Finland. It tells the story of the fascinating Middle Ages, when Finland was part of the Swedish kingdom. The life in Raseborg didn't stay the same; the castle was used as an administrative centre, but also hosted the glamorous everyday life of the court.
Open: 1 May - 31 August every day, weekends in September
Admission: 5 € / adults, 1 € / children under 12 years, guided tours 5 € / person
Raseborg Castle was built in 1370s on a rock that was surrounded by water at the time. The castle was constructed as the administrative centre of Western Uusimaa and was meant to keep watch over the shipping and trade in the Gulf of Finland. The castle was an important military base, and was presumably meant to defend Swedish interests against the successful Hanseatic town Reval (Tallinn, Estonia). The heyday of Raseborg was in 1450-1460. The castle was abandoned in 1558 after Helsinki and Ekenäs were granted town charters. It laid deserted for more than 300 years, until the first restoration began in 1880s. Today Metsähallitus manages the operations and preservation of the castle ruins.
Chatelaine Katarina will introduce you to the castle and its history
Today, the area offers a wide range of programme options. You can explore the castle on your own or participate in a dramatized tour where Chatelaine Katarina takes you through the castle and its premises. You can also travel back in time to the Middle Ages or to the turn of the century by wearing clothes from that period. Guided tours are offered mostly during summer, make your reservation at Slottsknektens stuga. You can also find the guided tours in our Events calendar in summer.
Recreational days for groups as well as weddings and birthday parties are also organised in the castle.
Midsummer celebrations, ancient markets, medieval events, high-class concerts and theatrical performances in Swedish are organised at Raseborg every summer. The restaurant and cafe in Slottsknektens stuga serve local food and other delicacies throughout the summer, during winter according to agreement. Did you know that Slottsknektens stuga is one of Finland's first tourist facilities? It was opened in 1893 with the name Turisthyddan, 'Tourist hut'.
To Snappertuna village centre along the Lovers' path
The scenic Lovers' path (500 m) leads from the Raseborg castle ruins to the folk museum Snappertuna Forngård, an old fisherman/farmer's house in the centre of Snappertuna village. In the house museum you can learn what life was like in the 1850 insular farm. The museum consists of a main building and various sheds, granaries, and lofts. All the buildings are originally from Halstö island.
Also the artist Helene Schjerfbeck liked to stay in Snappertuna. On a guided dramatized walk you can get to know more about her life in the fairytalelike village.
Malmbacka, the charcoal village
Malmbacka charcoal village is a short drive from Raseborg Castle Ruins. Here you can learn how charcoal was produced in the 17th and 20th centuries for the use of the ironworks in Western Uusimaa. The area contains three old charcoal hearth bases, one of which has been restored. On this base a charcoal hearth is built every autumn and lit in September during the Charcoal Weekend.
In Malmbacka you can enjoy and experience beautiful nature, treks, bicycle tours, vacation days as well as peace and quiet at its best. The village consists of charcoal worker's huts and small timber cottages, without electricity or plumbing. Food is prepared over an open fire, there is a sauna for washing, and the toilet is a good old outhouse. Therefore, it is good if the guests staying over night have outdoor skills.