Helsinki Attractions

Helsinki had a devastating fire in 1808 and when it was rebuilt it was modelled on the Russian city of St Petersburg with Neoclassical buildings fronting wide boulevards. Some of this grandeur has endured, particularly around Senate Square and this is a great place to start a walking sightseeing tour. Places to see are the exquisite Tuomiokirkko or Helsinki Cathedral, Government Palace and Helsinki University all facing the square. Close by is Sederholm House, the oldest stone building in the city and City Museum with its interesting history of Helsinki.

Walk west and you reach Kauppatori or market square with its colorful stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables. From here Esplanadi leads to the shopping paradise of the Stockmann Department Store, Europe's largest department store and the close-by Forum shopping mall.

North from here is the Rautatieasema or the Railway Station designed by architect Eliel Saarinen. To the north-east is the imposing Suomen Kansallisteatteri or the National Theater, to the east the city bus terminal, and to the south-east is the Ateneumin Taidemuseo or the Art Museum. From here north along Mannerheimintie there is much to see. First there is the post office and postal museum. Further on are the Suomen Kansallismuseo or the National Museum, Finlandia Hall, the Opera House and the Olympic stadium.

A scenic highlight is the Sibelius Park with its fascinating monument. Then there is the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, the centuries-old fortress and its museums are well worth a visit.

Senate Square

Unioninkatu 29

Amalgamation of Power, Turmoil & Progress...
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Sederholmin Talo

Aleksanterinkatu 16-18

Merchant Johan Sederholm's House from 1757...
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Kauppatori

Eteläsatama

The best market in Helsinki...
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Stockmann

Aleksanterinkatu 52

Best department store in Helsinki...
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Rautatieasema

Rautatientori

Renowned architectural masterpiece...
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Suomen Kansallisteatteri

1 B Läntinen Teatterikuja

Art Nouveau Stone Castle...
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Ateneumin Taidemuseo

Kaivokatu 2

Art hidden between the pages...
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Suomen Kansallismuseo (National Museum of Finland)

Mannerheimintie 34

Finnish History & Art...
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Sibelius Park & Monument

00250 Helsinki, Suomi
Mechelininkatu

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Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress

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Suomenlinna

Historic Military Island...
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Kaisaniemen Puisto

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Kaisaniemi

One of Helsinki's most beautiful parks...
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Sibelius' Home and Aalto's Architecture Day Trip from Helsinki

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Day Trips...
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Lakes and Forests Tour

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Lönnrotinkatu 7 B
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Nature in its full glory...
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00130Gallery

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27 Korkeavuorenkatu
(Sisäpiha)

Budding Artists...
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Porvoo

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Lönnrotinkatu 7 B
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Guided tour of the old city of Porvoo...
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Suomenlinnan Nukke- ja Lelumuseo

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Suomenlinna C 66

Doll & Toy Museum...
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Ehrensvärd-museo

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Suomenlinna B40

Suomenlinna & Its History...
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Vanha Kirkko

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Lönnrotinkatu 6

Oldest church in Helsinki...
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Hietaniemen Hautausmaa

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20 Hietaniemenkatu

For people who love the Père Lachaise...
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Linnanmäki

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Tivolitie 1

The Place to go for Summer Fun...
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