Helsinki, from The Stone Age to The Present
Helsinki Travel Guide.
The capital of Finland, Helsinki, is renowned for its elegance and sophistication. While it flaunts amazing architecture, it is still in proximity to nature.
This island city houses great museums, churches and other tourist attractions. The best part – you can enjoy all this while also appreciating the beautiful scenery surrounding the city.
Here are the best places to visit in Helsinki.
Also known as Church of the Rock, Temppeliaukio Kirkko was indeed built into solid rock. This 20th-century work of art has excellent acoustics. The Church hosts many concerts. Morning is the best time to visit here. Sunlight streams down a copper dome to light up the entire place naturally. It is a remarkable experience.
National Museum of Finland
Inspired by Finland’s romanticism style, this museum resembles a church. It is the best place to learn about Finnish history, along with its people and traditions. The artefacts and objects exhibited in the museum are rare. Some even date as far back as the Stone Age.
One of the most famous tourist attractions was once a naval base. This impressive fortress was built in the 18th century by Sweden for protection against Russian invaders. Now it is a popular place to enjoy a picnic with your loved ones. Suomenlinna fortress spans over six rocky islands and can only be reached by ferry.
The Uspenski Cathedral was built in the honour of Virgin Mary’s death. It is located on the Katajanokka peninsula, overlooking Helsinki. The impressive structure is composed of red bricks. 13 green onion domes rest on the roof, representing Jesus and the 12 Apostles. The church houses beautiful icons and chandeliers inside.
Located in Senate Square, the Helsinki Cathedral partly resembles an ancient Greek building. Its white exterior looks breathtaking under a clear blue sky. On the roof of the church, zinc statues of the 12 Apostles stand impressively. A fun trivia – the café in the church used to be a crypt.
Linnanmäki is an amusement park for a good cause. The money it raises goes to child welfare projects. This is among the best places to visit in Helsinki with kids. It also caters to adults with a wide variety of rides. Roller coasters, circus, haunted houses, game arcades, 3D Cinema – this amusement park has it all.
Sipoonkorpi National Park
This national park is very close to the bustling city of Helsinki. It is the perfect retreat. The park is ideal for hiking, with diverse trails from easy to more difficult terrains. Greenfields and serene villages surround this national park. Rivers flow gently through the grounds. You will also see some wildlife in their natural habitat.
Helsinki possesses some of the most experimental architecture in the world. It has many fun activities for tourists. Planning a vacation here will be worth it.