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National Museum Helsinki Finland
The National Museum in Helsinki

Helsinki is a relatively young city by European standards. Founded in 1550, it became the capital just about 200 years ago. Yet Finland itself is ancient. This contrast is nowhere better explained and demonstrated than at The National Museum, or the Suomen Kansallismuseo as it’s known to the natives. Separated into different sections, it offers […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Tuomiokirkko Cathedral
The Lutheran Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko)

Tsar Peter of Russia had a well-known impact on St. Petersburg, Russia, the city that bears his name. What is less well-known is the strong influence he had on Helsinki. Peter had been dead for more than a hundred years by the time construction began on Helsinki’s famed Lutheran Cathedral. But the architectural stamp his […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Island Fortresses of Suomenlinna
The Island Fortresses of Suomenlinna

Suomen is derived from the Finnish word for the people of Finland. In Swedish, they’re known as Finns. Yet, ironically, the island fortress off the coast was founded by Swedes but carries the Finnish name. Confused? In the mid-18th century, Finland was still part of the Swedish kingdom, as it had been for 600 years. […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Esplanade Helsinki Finland
The Esplanade in Helsinki

Esplanadi Boulevard, Esplanade Park… However it’s called, everyone agrees that this section of Helsinki near the center of town is a tourist delight. A hundred years ago, and for the hundred years before that, Finland struggled for identity. Long a province of Sweden, then later of Russia, with Lapland in the north, it is a […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Temppeliaukio Church
Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki

Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church in Helsinki is an architectural marvel, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Carved from solid rock in a setting that looks like the surface of the moon, it is both a functioning place of worship and a tourist delight. Constructed in 1969, the church is only partly visible from above ground. What projects […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Porvoo oldtown
Porvoo in Helsinki Finland

Helsinki has been the capital of Finland for about 200 years. Yet, Finland is an ancient land. Some of that history is well-captured in Porvoo, about 30 minutes outside the city. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1760, the town has been restored to resemble its original look from the Middle Ages. There’s a spectacular […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Nuuksio National Park
Nuuksio National Park in Helsinki

Few major cities can offer a natural, forested park as a tourist attraction. Nuuksio National Park in Helsinki is a great exception to that fact. Full of astounding plant and animal life, it is just one more thing that makes Finland’s capital exceptional. Brimming with lakes and ponds tucked inside thickets, it is a great […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Linnanmäki Amusement Park
Linnanmäki Amusement Park

One of the big challenges on any vacation to a foreign city is how to find things to do that will be fun for the whole family. Younger children don’t usually have much interest in museums or fine restaurants. But child-oriented science museums or playgrounds aren’t what the adults traveled so far to see. But […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Uspenski Cathedral
Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Finland

One of Helsinki’s most notable landmarks, the Uspenski Cathedral should be on everyone’s list of things to see in Finland’s capital. Completed in 1868, it is reportedly the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe. Though Finland may not exactly qualify as ‘west’. But whatever the status of that record, the church is a spectacular sight. […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
Kauppatori Marketplace
Kauppatori in Helsinki Finland

At Market Square, known locally in Helsinki as Kauppatori, visitors and natives alike can get everything from fresh salmon steak to reindeer meat. But there’s much more than just great food. Market Square is located on the shoreline and offers great views, great food, and an outstanding atmosphere. The bright orange cloth-covered stalls are a […]

By : Our World Cities Date : December 23, 2020 Category : Helsinki Our World Cities Comments :
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