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Bengtskar Lighthouse Hotel, Hanko, Finland

Lovely panoramic view to the Baltic Sea: the hotel, restaurant, museum, sauna and a souvenir shop- that's a whole complex, which boasts the highest lighthouse in the Nordic countries. The Lighthouse rises on a remote island Bengstkar at the entrance to the Gulf of Finland, 25 kilometers from the city of Hanko. Hanko city, which is located at the Hanko peninsula, is the most southern resort of Finland, always attracting tourists during whole year with the curative mineral water. The Lighthouse was built in 1906, rises 52 meters on sea level and during the subsequent wars was partially destroyed.

All the interesting details about the historical path of the lighthouse are stored in its own museum so that visitors have a unique opportunity not only to enjoy the wonderful landscape, the fantastic sunset and the sunrise, but also to find out some interesting historical facts and information about the role of the lighthouse in both World Wars.

All hotel rooms have sea views. Bengstkar Lighthouse Hotel is also famous with its staircase, the 252 steps leading you to the tower from which you can admire majestic sea views and beautiful sunsets. Lighthouse restaurant will surprise you with seafood. You can reach the island Bengstkar by helicopter or by boat. A night stay in a single-room of this unusual hotel costs 110 Euro. From early May to end-September it is a popular tourists destination that is visited 13 000 to 15 000 people every year.

By Lilit Khalatyan,