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Beautiful place

The Esplanade Park has long been lined by cafés and restaurants. Down each side are lively shopping streets, the North (Pohjois-) and South (Etelä-) Esplanades. The Park runs from Erottaja in the west to the Market Square in the east. In the centre of the park stands Helsinki's first public monument, the statue of Finland's national poet J.L. Runeberg (1804-1877). At the western end of the park are statues to the writer Zacharias Topelius (1818-1898) and the poet Eino Leino (1878-1926).

Esplanadi es el paseo mas representativo de la capital tanto para sus habitantes como sus visitantes desde hace mas de 200 años. Antaño, la gente paseaba y se dejaba ver por él. Hoy nos podemos sentar en sus terrazas y disfrutar de un refrigerio.
En medio del parque está la estatua del poeta finlandes J.L.Runeberg. En el escenario de Espa se celebran conciertos de mayo a septiembre.

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Aug 15, 2014

Beautiful Esplanadi

Without a doubt, my favourite area of Helsinki was the Esplanadi. It is a beautiful stretch of two streets known as Pohjoisesplanadi (North Esplanade) and Eteläesplanadi (South Esplanade), separated by luscious greenery and a cute, little water fountain served by 2 open-mouthed seals (you'll see). The buildings that are found on the right hand side walking north are an architectural wet dream. So much so, you could easily be in Paris, Milan, Barcelona, etc. The Cafe Kappeli found near the water fountain, adds to the chilled atmosphere which is great place to unwind and just watch people go by on a hot summer's day (yes, it can get hot in Helsinki!). I wish my girlfriend and I had had a chance to try it out, but unfortunately we didn't have time.

As a bonus, the eastern ends leads you to the Market Square which is great place to buy fresh fish, homemade jams and other local delights by the port. From here, you can catch boats to the little islands which are dotted about and can be seen from the Market Square itself.

Why not buy a nice little treat, then head back to the Esplanadi to chill out, soaking up the southern European atmosphere, coupled with the charm of being a stone's throw from the Baltic Sea? That's hopefully what I'll be doing this summer!

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Apr 12, 2014

Great For Window Shopping

The Esplanade
We walked along the park which parallels this ...a nice break for the feet ,to walk on a gravel path .. Then we crossed the street to walk along this upscale road and do some window shopping.I especially loved taking a look at the 2000.00 euro. hand bags at Louis Vuitton .

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Jan 05, 2014

The Esplanade Park & Boulevard

It is said that the Esplanade, constructed in the 1800's, served as a political dividing line of sorts when certain inhabitants of the country could not decide whether the Finnish or Swedish language should dominate!!

Proponents of the Finnish viewpoint ambled on the south side (Etelaesplanadi) while the Swedish-speaking Finns did so on the north side (Pohjoisesplanadi). Happily, this is no longer the case. This beautiful park runs between the north & south sides of the boulevard, beginning at the harbor and ending at the Swedish Theatre and today the park is a joy to those fortunate enough to visit it. We visited some of the market stalls near the harbor end before taking a stroll along the Esplanade's length. With its excellent location putting it within walking distance of some of Helsinki's favorite tourist attractions, it is a very popular place.

The Esplanade itself is a very wide, pea-gravel walkway lined with trees, foliage, flowers and seating areas. At night elegant street lamps illuminate the walk way and statuary in this beautiful area. In the Summer there are free jazz concerts and in December the traditional Christmas Market appears.

The Esplanade is not only a grand place for a beautiful afternoon stroll but also is adjacent to some of the finest hotels, restaurants and shops in Helsinki. Marimekko alone has 3 shops on the boulevard and Scandinavia's largest department store, Stockmann's will more than delight all true shoppers. You'll also find the upscale Savoy restaurant, and the historic "Kappeli" restaurant which is famous for its "Sibelius" menu featuring smoked artic char and beetroot mousse. For a little nightlife, try the hip Teatteri restaurant, bar and nightclub occupying the same building as the Swedish Theater. Don't forget the upscale Finnish souvenir shops along the way, but bring plenty of Euros for any shop you might slip into.

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Apr 26, 2013
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Esplanadi (and Havis Amanda)

The Champs Elysee of Helsinki with a park area in the middle, flanked by neo-renaissance buildings on both sides, containing some of the most expensive shops and cafés. You wil find ice cream parlours and cafés in this park as well as a couple of fountains and monuments. One of them is dedicated to the poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg who wrote the text later used in the Finnish national anthem („Maamme“). A fountain, showing a mermaid, is known as Havis Amanda (1908) and is regarded as a sylmbol of the city. She receives a graduation hat when the students of nearby Helsinki University celebrate their graduation. Kids love to ride the seals on each square of the fountain.

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Apr 20, 2013

Esplanadi Park

Stretching between Pohjoisesplanadi (North Esplanade) and Eteläesplanadi (South Esplanade) streets, Esplanadi Park is THE place where everyone seems to gather when the weather is nice. It runs from Erottaja Square (at Mannerheimintie) to the Market Square and is host to outdoor concerts, special events and exhibitions, as well as hundreds of people lazing around picnicking and eating ice cream.

At its eastern extremity, near the Market Square, you will find Helsinki's most famous statue: Havis Amanda, a charming naked mermaid surrounded by four sea lions. She is said to increase men's sexual performance; all you have to do is wash your face with water from the fountain and shout "Rakastaa!" (Finnish word for "Love") three times.

You will also find many cafes, shops and restaurants on either side of Esplanadi Park. If you want to beat to the rhythm of Helsinki, this is certainly a good place to start.

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Nov 04, 2012


Esplanade Park was a really nice park, located between two main streets and surrounded by beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings, which replaced the old wooden houses in the latter half of the 19th century. One of the best, is the Kamp Hotel on the corner of Kluuvikatu.
We walked the whole length of the street, and saw many statues of Finnish Poets.
There were plenty of Cafes and shops, and when we were there, they were setting up for a concert. The park has plenty of lawn and benches to sit on, plus ice-cream kiosks.

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Feb 08, 2012


Referred to as Esplanadi, this wide avenue with a park in the middle is the living heart of Helsinki. In fact, it consists of two avenues, Pohjoisesplanadi, (i.e., "North Esplanade") and Eteläesplanadi ("South Esplanade") and they run east-west from Market Square ( Kauppatori) to Erottaja Square. The park and the avenues were created during the 19th century urban development that turned Helsinki into the city it is today. Belle Epoque buildings thus line the sides of the Esplanade and include some of the city's most expensive real estate and shopping. As one would expect, the park becomes alive with activity during the short warmer months in Helsinki.

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Oct 01, 2011

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In summer the Esplanadi is a long pedestrian garden where everyone seems to be: it’s full of people and buzzing with activities: concerts, mimes, people having a chat, a picnic and/or a beer… It also has a couple of cafès and restaurants. The park was originally opened in 1812 and officially it is made of two gardens. The Pohjoisesplanadi (Finnish for the North Esplanade Street) and Eteläesplanadi (Finnish for the South Esplanade street).

In the park there is a statue and a fountain: the statue is that of Johan Ludwig Runeberg, a well-known Finnish poet who wrote in Swedish verses about life in rural Finland whereas the fountain is the Havis Amanda fountain, was sculpted by Ville Vallgren, which represents a bronze maiden who standing on seaweed surrounded by four spouting sea lions (or seals)

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Aug 24, 2010

Popular promenade

Laid out by Engel in 1812 Esplanadi consists of 2 broad parallel streets separated by a green area. This is a popular promenade, it is a great place to sit & relax too. In the summer months there are plenty of concerts & open-air shows here. The area is surrounded by bars, restaurants & shops.

As I visited Helsinki in mid summer I especially enjoyed being here late at night when it just didn't get totally dark.

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Jun 17, 2008


The Esplanadi park is located in the centre of Helsinki, between two streets the northern Esplanadi and the southern Esplanadi. The park is opened in 1812.
In the middle of the park, you can find a statue of Johan Ludwig Runeberg. His name can´t be found on the statue, but you find the lyrics to our national anthem. Runebergs famous work was an epic poem Vänrikki Stoolin tarinat, it tells of the Finnish war with Russia in 1808-1809. The first poem "Maamme" (Our land), became the Finnish national anthem.
In summer time Esplanadi park is filled with people sitting on the grass having picnic or just enjoying the sun.
Helsinki harbour and the market square are just 10-15 min walk from the statue of Runeberg.

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Jun 05, 2007

Enjoy a Beautiful Summer Day at Esplanad Park

Perfect way to start is to go to Kauppatori and buy some fresh, sweet Finnish strawberries, peas, cherries or an ice cream and go to sit on a bench in Esplanadi Park and just watch to world go by. There is a statue of a lady called Havis Amanda just next to Kauppatori so you know that you are going to right direction. After a while you can have a class of beer or wine either in Kappeli or Teatteri terrace.

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Apr 12, 2007

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