Helsinki Off The Beaten Path

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Helsinki

  • 1. The Sibelius Monument

    This monument was created to honour the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). The designer of the monument was Eila Hiltunen. This monument (called 'Passio Musicae') was one of the first...

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  • 2. Vanhankaupunki (old city)

    The city of Helsinki is was founded by Gustavus Vasa, the king of Sweden, more than 450 years ago. He needed the city as a new trading post in southern Finland and a competitor to Tallinn in Estonia....

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  • 3. Bodom lake

    Probably the best moment for us in Helsinki was the evening we went for fishing at the Bodom lake!Bodom Lake(Bodominjärvi ) located at north suburbs of Espoo,...

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  • 4. daytrip to Porvoo

    Porvoo is a small touristic town 50km east of Helsinki. We took the bus from Helsinki but you also go there by train or boat.From the bus station we walked...

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  • 5. Espoo Tapiola

    Ok, I have to admit that Espoo wasn’t high on our list. It is the second largest city in Finland with about 250,000 inhabitants located just west of Helsinki....

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  • 6. Espoo

    Espoo is not actually in Helsinki. It's one of the towns next to it. I lived here at one time. There's not much to see in Espoo though it does have some nice...

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  • 7. Trains to/from Russia

    Helsinki's Central Train Station is served by three trains from Russia per day. Two of them serve St. Petersburg (Sibelius, Repin) and an over-night train...

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  • 8. Tähtitorninmäki (Observatory Hill)

    In the centre of the park, on top of the cliff stands an observatory. It was designed by C.L. Engel and built in 1833. The site, which is called Tähtitorninmäki...

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  • 9. Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

    Just west of the city centre is Seurasaari Island, home to one of Finland's better-known open air museums. Founded in 1909, it has a wide collection of...

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  • 10. Arabia factory

    Arabia is a Finnish porcelain company that has been established in Helsinki since 1873. The old factory is still operational today, and you can visit the Arabia...

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  • 11. Day trip to Porvoo

    Helsinki only emerged as a major city in the 19th century, and as such, has very few of the old buildings typically associated with European cities. For a...

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  • 12. Pihlajasaari

    Pihlajasaari (which translates as "Rowan Island") is the name of an outdoor recreational area covering two islands that are connected by a bridge, just off the...

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  • 13. Hietaniemi Cemetery

    Squirrels rule the vast, final resting place of some of biggest names in Finnish history: from legendary General C. E. G. Mannerheim and long-time president...

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  • 14. Hakaniemi Market

    The Hakaniemi district of Helsinki has given its name to both a market hall and a market square.Dating back to 1914, the Hakaniemi Market Hall is a two-story...

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  • 15. Serena indoor water park

    If you are visiting Helsinki in winter, or are simply looking for something to do on a cold, rainy day, the Serena water park may be the thing for you. Actually...

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  • 16. Aurinkolahti Beach

    At the far east end of Helsinki is one of the city's best-kept secrets: Aurinkolahti Beach. Set against the backdrop of a recent residential project, this...

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  • 17. Hakaniemi market hall

    Considered an absolute gem amongst the local residents when it comes to local and some international delicacies. You can find pretty much anything from reindeer...

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  • 18. City Parks

    There are small parks scattered throughout the city. These can be nice places to stop and relax after being in the busy city streets. They have some interesting...

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  • 19. Hietaniemi beach

    I was a bit surprised to stumble upon a beach, right near downtown Helsinki! I guess it's called the Hietaniemi beach and have heard it can get packed in the...

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  • 20. A walk along seashore in Lauttasaari

    Lauttasaari is located near city center and it will take just a couple of minutes to reach the island by a bus. Paths and bicycle roads go along shores so one...

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  • 21. Checkmate

    As you’re strolling along the pathway at the waterfront you can take in some chess games. No need to lean over the players shoulders here. The game boards are...

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  • 22. Kruunuvuori - splendid views and abandoned villas

    Another place for those who are interested in photography and nature. The area is rather small so it can be explored pretty quickly.Kruunuvuori is located on...

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  • 23. Uutela cape natural area.

    This is mainly for those who are interested in walking and other outdoor activities. Uutela cape is a large natural area located in eastern Helsinki south of...

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  • 24. Russian WWI fortifications in Pajamäki

    If you are interested in history you may want to visit this place. It's easy to reach and there is no admission fee.It is a part oh the defensive fortification...

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  • 25. German church

    The German Protestant church in the Kaartinkaupunki neighbourhood ranks amongst one of the prettiest in Helsinki. It was designed in the Neo-Gothic style by...

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