Muutama esimerkki kierroksista, joita teen Helsingissä ja sen ympäristössä. Monia muitakin kohteita teen – kysy lisää!
Här är några av de mest populära turer i Helsingfors som mina gäster gör. Det finns mycket annat – jag ger gärna förslag!
Here are some of the favourite tours I do for my guests. There is much more to see – please let me know and I will prepare an itinerary just for you.
SCENIC HELSINKI CITY TOUR BY BUS – 3 HOURS
Exploring Helsinki – The Daughter of the Baltic – is best done by a private car or bus. Helsinki is located on a peninsula with 130 km of shoreline and the very reason for the city´s existence is the sea. We start from your hotel and drive along the coast passing the Market Square and the Olympia Harbour built for the 1952 Olympic Games that were held here. We see the Suomenlinna fortress island in the horizon and travel on to the south point of the city and have a photo stop at Löyly, the immensely popular sauna cum restaurant. Later you might wish to go to their sauna and take dip in the Baltic Sea. Next stop is the Sibelius monument, raised over our much-loved national composer Jean Sibelius. The monument is not what you would expect it to be!
Driving through the residential are of Töölö we arrive to the Church in the Rock, a most spectacular working church which has been built within a solid rock and has spectacular copper dome.
Next stop is the Stadium – where the Olympics were held in 1952. Passing the National Museum on Mannerheimintie we make a stop outside the Finlandia Hall, an important Conference hall and building by the well-known Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. It stands next to the Music Centre and the new central Library Oodi.
The Sibelius monument is not what you would expect it to be!
Photo: Markus Winkler
CITY WALK – 2 HOURS
We start the tour by the Railway station of Helsinki – an icon and a symbol with the Stonemen statues in front. By the station are also the Finnish National Theatre and Ateneum. Ateneum is our National Gallery of Art exhibiting the treasures from the Golden era of Finnish painting from the turn of the last century.
We move on to Alexander Street and pass two great Art Nouveau buildings on our way to the Senate Square. The harmonious square in neoclassical style was commissioned by the Russian emperor Alexander I and symbolises the period of Finland once being an autonomous grand duchy of Russia.
We visit some of the handicraft shops in the oldest street of the city, Torikorttelit and walk down to the Market Square, the lively heart of downtown Helsinki. Perhaps a coffee and meat pie in one of the coffee tents? By this prestigious Northern Esplanade street stand the City Hall of Helsinki, High Court and the President´s Palace. Uspenski Cathedral, one of the largest orthodox churches outside Russia oversees the activities in the market and the South Harbour.
The harmonious Senate Square in neoclassical style was commissioned by the Russian emperor Alexander I.
Photo: Julius Jansson
In its first year more than three million people visited Oodi!
Photo: Merja Wesander/
OODI – THE BEST NEW LIBRARY IN THE WORLD
Helsinkians and visitors alike took the library to their hearts from day one: 05 December 2018. In its first year more than three million people visited Oodi – compare this to the population of the metropolitan Helsinki – 1 million! But then Oodi is so much more than a library: This spectacular building in the very heart of the city and opposite the Parliament House symbolises the democratic and equal state of Finland. Our education, the literacy rate of Finns and the modern Finnish architecture combined with the (free) meeting rooms, makerspaces, sewing machines and 3D printers, make Oodi a great place to visit. Add two coffee shops and a large summertime open balcony – it may become your favourite Helsinki spot, too.