Helsinki in Finland

By | October 6, 2021

The capital of Finland has many interesting sights to offer. Helsinki is right by the sea and has an extremely attractive coastal landscape. In the center of the city is the Töölösee. It’s actually not a lake, but rather a bay. Right on its banks are two of the city’s main attractions. The Finnish National Opera (open since 1993) and the Finlandiahalle, which is a congress center with a concert hall and a restaurant. The marble construction is considered to be one of the most beautiful convention centers in Europe. Visit for great destinations in Finland.

There are green areas and parks in the city to measure. The Esplanaden Park, which is located in the center of the city, is definitely worth seeing. There are mostly crowds tourists and locals on the go. Various street musicians can be heard at the east end of the park. In winter the park has a special attraction and that is where light shows are shown. The Esplanade Park is divided into the south and north planades. The north planade is particularly easy to stroll through in winter, as the sidewalks are heated and therefore remain free of snow.

The Hietaminen hautausmaa is a cemetery, but still worth a visit. Here you can experience a wonderful landscape and also the Graves famous Finns like Alvar Aalto, Urhu Kekkonen etc.

You should have seen the Kaisa-Niemi-Park. It is right behind Helsinki Central Station. In the park itself there is another attraction, namely a botanical garden. It is owned by the university and has the largest collection of native flora in Finland. There are also some tropical plants to admire in the greenhouses. From Kaisa-Niemi-Park you have an excellent view of the impressive building of the main train station.

Other green areas and parks in the city are the Kaivopark, the Hesperiapark, the Stadtgarten and the Sibeliuuspark.

The oldest covered market in the whole country is the old covered market in Helsinki. It is also called Kauppahalli by the locals. It is located directly on the southern harbor. The market hall was built by Gustav Nyström in 1889. In the red and white brick building you can buy culinary specialties from all over the world. Regardless of whether it is reindeer ham from Finland or sushi from Japan.

Train stations are not really sights, but Helsinki train station is an impressive building in itself. The architectural style alone, the transition to the neo-objective style, is something special. On both sides of the train station there are two huge sculptures with lanterns in their hands. But the interior of the train station is certainly not uninteresting either. It is definitely worth going on a discovery tour here as well.
Helsinki Railway Station was designed by the architect Eliel Saarinen and put into action in 1919.

The Lasipalatsi is worth seeing. The building by the architect Viljo Revell is almost futuristic and is one of the most modern buildings in the city. Helsinki’s media and information center is located here, as are some cafes, galleries and shops. The Lasipalatsi is also home to a branch of the city library.

The parliament building is also worth a visit. It was created in the 1920s in the classicism style by JS Siren. The parliament building is open to the public. You can even watch the public meetings that take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Helsinki has even more interesting buildings to offer, such as the Findlaniahalle, the Kulturhaus, Havis Amanda, the Mannheimerdenkmal and the Olympic Stadium.

There are also some sacred buildings in the city. So you shouldn’t miss the cathedral. Helsinki Cathedral is the city’s landmark. It is located in the center directly on Sentasplatz. The cathedral was designed by the Berlin architect Carl Ludwig Engel. The nearby sights, such as the government palace, the main building of the university and the university library are also works by him.
Most people could not believe that the cathedral would last for a long time, as it was built on very swampy ground. When it was built, bets were even made as to which side it would fall over over the years. Engels’ successor, Ernst B. Lohrmann, came up with something and erected four stable side towers on the cathedral, which has significantly improved the statics of the cathedral and it will not collapse anytime soon.

The Temppeliaukio Church is also worth a look. The church was not built from individual stones, but hewn out of a twelve meter high rock. The church is a round church with a dome, which gives it excellent acoustics. As a result, the Temppeliaukio Church is also often used for concerts. It was built in 1969 according to the plans of Timo and Tuomo Soumalainen.

Other sacred buildings worth seeing in the city are the Uspensky Cathedral, the German Church, the Trinity Church, the Anglican Church, etc.

You shouldn’t neglect education when visiting Helsinki, as the city has a whole range of different museums to offer.

There would be B. the Amos Anderson Art Museum. In the museum you can see Finnish art from the twentieth century, but also European art from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
This museum also has special exhibitions on modern art from time to time.

The Arabia Museum is also worth seeing.
Arabia is one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers in the country. Therefore, one can imagine that one can view all of the company’s products from several years.

But these are not all the museums in the city, there is the Ateneum Museum for Finnish Art, the Design Museo, the War Museum, the Mannheim Museum, etc.

Just as there is a lot to improve education here, there is also the opportunity to learn about the country’s culture. The city has a whole list of different theaters and opera houses to offer, such as the Sibelius Academy, Storvvilie, Savoy Theater or the Swedish Theater.

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