Kajaani Castle Ruins

A castle ruin on a small island photographed from above. There is a road leading across the river and the castle.

In the centre of Kajaani, in the park along the river, you will find the northernmost stone castle in the world. It was built in the 17th century on the eastern border region of the kingdom in a remote wilderness. Hear the calls of swans living on the Linnanvirta and the stories still told about the persistence of the people who lived in the wilderness castle centuries ago, defying cold, hunger and enemy besiegers. The castle ruins and their surroundings take you back in time, while at the same time you can enjoy the pulse of the town centre.

Castle Ruins in the Heart of the Town

Location of Kajaani Castle Ruins in Finland

Location: Kainuu, Kajaani. Address: Linnankatu 27, 81700 Kajaani

Visit: The Kajaani Castle ruins are open to visitors free of charge all year round, but there is no winter maintenance.

Instructions and rules: The Kajaani Castle Ruins is a fixed relic site, which may not be excavated, covered or damage in any way under the Antiquities Act (nba.fi). Campfires are also prohibited.

Sights and Activities: The castle ruins are a suitable destination for day trips which, together with the services provided in the surroundings, offers visitors a versatile cultural experience.

Services: There are no services in the castle ruins. Not an accessible destination.

Some guided tours (visitkajaani.fi) provided by the Kajaani tourist guides also include a visit to the Kajaani Castle ruins. The café, restaurant and accommodation services of the town centre and the refreshing Rantapuisto Park along the river are within a walking distance of 500 metres.

The Linnanvirta fishing area (kalallakainuussa.fi) both riverbanks at the castle ruins. It also provides accessible fishing opportunities.

Passenger steamship Kouta (oulujarviristeilyt.fi, in Finnish) offers cruises on Lake Oulujärvi in the summer, departures from Kalkkisilta.

Suitability: Ideal for the whole family. Suitable for walkers.

The area is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/kajaani

Customer Service

Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola
Tel. int. + 358 206 39 6380

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