Fun things to do in Helsinki

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    The Kirpila Art Collection

    by gordonilla Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    The collection was recommended to me by one of my Finnish friends. It was created by a physician, Juhani Kirpila (1931 - 1989). It is located within his former home and it is made up of works of Finnish art and a small collection of Russian porcelain.

    My recollection of it was that there were many volunteer staff within the apartment and there is a guided tour which goes with your entry to the facility.

    I found it an interesting diversion from the other musuems within the city. It has limited opening hours call ahead for fuller details.

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    Natural History Museum

    by gordonilla Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    This is a research function of the University of Helsinki. Like so many of these type of museums, you may feel that you have seen it all before - you've seen one stuffed elephant, you've seen them all. However the Museum does from time create very interesting and worthwhile special exhibitions. If you can go and visit during one of these exhibitions.

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    Pihlajasaari Island - the perfect place to relax

    by King_Golo Written Feb 23, 2014

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    Pihlajasaari is an island in the Baltic Sea just off the coast from Helsinki. Unlike its much more famous and crowded neighbour Suomenlinna, the island is quite a secret tip. In summer, Helsinki's sun-lovers flock here to relax on the rocks, spend some time on the beach or swim in the sea. Others will just sit in a quiet place somewhere, watching the ships pass by the island. Among these ships are the huge ferries which connect Helsinki with Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Stockholm, so there's quite a lot to sea. In the middle of the island is a cafe where you can get some coffee or a snack. On Pihlajasaari's eastern part (called Itäinen Pihlajasaari, connected with the main part of the island with a bridge) there's a naturist beach, on its southern part is a sauna.

    You can reach Pihlajasaari by ferryboat. It runs every 20 or 30 minutes and costs € 5.50 for an adult return ticket. The ship leaves Helsinki from Merisatamanranta quai.

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    Hietaniemi Cemetery

    by gordonilla Written Feb 22, 2014

    It is not often that you suggest a visit to the cemetery - however it does seem that in some cities there are many key and influential people buried in the same place.

    It was worth visiting and looking around for some of the well known Finnish names who are no resting in the Hietaniemi Cemetery.

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    Kamppi Chapel

    by gordonilla Written Feb 22, 2014

    The chapel is operated by a partnership of the Helsinki Parishes and the city of Helsinki social services department. (There is also a link with the parish unions of Espoo and Vantaa.)

    http://wdchelsinki2012.fi/en/program/2011-07-01/kamppi-chapel-silence

    I have called in to the chapel a number of times since it opened, and I think on this last visit the staff indicated that they had seen some 650,000 visitors entre the chapel. You cannot get married, baptised or buried there but it is more of a city centre refuge for peace and quiet.

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    Sederholm House (City Museum)

    by gordonilla Updated Feb 16, 2014

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    This is one of the City of Helsinki museums. It is the oldest stone building in Helsinki, and does offer interesting exhibitions. During this visit I enjoyed "Night".

    Admission free; check opening times and exhibition schedule.

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    The Most Beautiful Square

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 25, 2013

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    After a big breakfast we took the short walk to Senate Sq. I think this is truly the most beautiful square in Helsinki....quite a change for the architecture we saw yesterday on our walk . Overlooking the square is the massive Lutheran Cathedral , with its impressive steps leading the way. There weren't many tourists , so we had lots of opportunity to get our pictures.

    Statue of Alexander 11 . Standing in the middle of the square is the imposing statue of Alexander 11 holding the Finnish Constitution.

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    The Three Blacksmiths and More

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 25, 2013

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    The Three Blacksmiths Statue
    We came upon this on the walk to our restaurant. It is a famous statue representing hard work and cooperation.

    There are some beautiful buildings in Helsinki. We weren't sure what all of them were but we enjoyed their beauty .Lots of amazing statues and engravings adorn many .The train station is huge and very ornate.

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    Kallio Church

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 25, 2013

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    kallio Church
    We spotted this when we were trying to walk off our lunch. It's a big climb to just arrive at the church , which is indeed built on a massive rock.
    Built in 1908 , it is much more impressive on the outside. Inside is rather stark , but has a beautiful organ and we sat for a bit and enjoyed the music.

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    Linnanmäki amusment park - Awesome!

    by Luckell Written Nov 23, 2013

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    I live in Helsinki, and I visit Linnanmäki amusment park (swedish: Borgbacken) every year with my family and friends. It's really something awesome! I recommend it definitely to families with children and teens, but also adults can have a whole lot of fun there! There are plenty of different machines and roller coasters. Linnanmäki is the greatest amusmentpark in the Nordic countries, when you look at the amount of rides!
    The park was founded 1950. The prices are pretty high, but don't worry, the entry is free (unlike other amusment parks in the world) and a big part of the money they get, are going straight to an organisation which is supporting and working for the children's best in Finland.
    If you visit Linnanmäki, I really recommend you to eat "Softis" (soft ice) and "Hattara"! It's lovely! And one thing about my pictures, don't belive those attractions are the only ones, I don't just have pictures from others.
    I hope you can visit the park, and have fun!

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    Sea Life Helsinki

    by Luckell Written Oct 29, 2013

    Sea Life Helsinki is an awesome place to spend your day, or a few hours, if you like the underwater life. It is located inside the amusement park Linnanmäki pretty central in Helsinki, but you don't have to pay to get into the Linnanmäki area. You can take a tram (number 3) or bus (number 23 from Rauatientori) from downtown, or walk from Pasila Railwaystation.
    Sea Life Helsinki offers you a lot of different cool species, everything from sharks to clown fishes and seahorses. If you want to know when they feed the fishes, you can check it up on the website. I visited Sea Life once, and I look very much forward to do it again!
    There are a lot to see, and it's really worth a visit! It's good for families with children, as well as for adult singles or what ever. Enjoy your visit and have fun!

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    Helsinki Music Centre

    by Luckell Updated Oct 21, 2013

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    Helsinki Music Centre (Finnish: Helsingin Musiikkitalo) is a big and pretty newly built music center in the heart of Helsinki. The building is mainly made of copper and glass. It's a wonderful and green building, near the beautiful Töölönlahti (Toolo Bay). The building maybe don't seem enormous from the street, but the truth is that most of the whole construction is underground! There are many different, bigger and smaller, halls and areas inside, and the architecture is gorgeous!
    The music centre was a great investment, and it has been very successful and popular. There are a lot of events every single day. You can see and listen to a big variation of music, concerts and other performances there, and I heartily recommend it for tourists as well as for the city's residents!

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    Töölönlahti (Toolo Bay), a wonderful place

    by Luckell Written Oct 20, 2013

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    Töölönlahti (Toolo Bay) is a beautiful and famous bay in central Helsinki. You can walk around it, and many are doing it, some with their friends, some with their strollers, some with their dogs and some are jogging around the bay. The nature around Töölönlahti is wonderful, and if you want you can take a coffee on a cafe during your walk. This is definitely a recommendation from me, if you are in Helsinki. Take a walk, or two, around the Toolo bay. You won't regret it!

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    Fireworks

    by Luckell Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    Every year there are different kind of firework shows in Helsinki. If it's not New Year or the World Championship, is it something else. Personally I love fireworks. The New Year firework show usually take place at the Senate Square. My pictures are from Merikannontie (Merikanto street) near the Rajasaari island in Helsinki. I don't remember what event it was but something nice at least. I hope you like my pictures! I have also two videos. You find them under "Videos" on my profile. Enjoy!

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    Central train station

    by mindcrime Written Aug 20, 2013

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    Central train station (rautatieasema) is the main transport hub in Helsinki with every train to other towns departing from here but also the local bus station on both sides of the train station, also most local trams pass in front of the station and also the metro station Rautatientori is there…
    Even if you come by bus from the airport it will terminate here so considering the fact the train station is located in the heart of Helsinki it will be a surprise of not seeing it :) The surrounded area is full of hotels, restaurants and business offices, always pretty busy.

    The station is smaller than I expected with 19 platforms so it’s easy to orient yourself, the ticket hall, an info booth, some café, kiosks and some small stores. We also took some pictures of the exterior, it was designed by Eliel Saarinen in early 20th century, the station opened in 1919. the tower with the clock (pic 1) is something that worth to be seen along with the famous male statues that hold the lamps (under renovation in 2013).

    We visited the station the first day not because we wanted to take a train but because we used the lockers, they are located at the basement (pic 3), the big ones cost 4euros for 24hours and the smaller ones 3euros.

    We also visited a small art exhibition at the station (pics 4-5), the info was in finnish but I think the title was rahan muuttaminen onneksi, a series of photos showing people bonds through the eyes of different artists, I liked that each of them had a different style.

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There is lot to do in Helsinki. I love history, so my favourite places are Kansallismuseo (National museum), Seurasaari (outdoor museum with old houses) and Suomenlinna Island.

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