Helsinki tourist – Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. Helsinki offers a wide range of historical, cultural, and open-air attractions for tourists. Most of Helsinki is located on a granite peninsula on the north coast of the Gulf of Finland overlooking the Baltic Sea. The peninsula also has many small and large islands off the coast and a small bay. Although Helsinki is almost a flat city, there are scattered hills in the middle of which stunning views of the sea can be seen from above. One of the most attractive ways to explore this city is on foot or by bike. The Swedish king Gustav Vassa built Helsinki in 1550 northeast of the current city center at the mouth of the Vantan Yuki River as a rival to the commercial city of Tallinn. In 1816, Karl Ludwig Engel was commissioned to rebuild it based on a design by Johan Albrecht Ehrenström. The renovated city was built in the neoclassical style, and the city center boasted beautiful wide streets and numerous boulevards and parks. After the collapse of the Russian Empire on December 6, 1917, a republic was formed in Helsinki. The 1952 Summer Olympics were also held in this city. In the following, we will introduce you to some of the attractions and day trips from Helsinki.
1. Mannerheim Street – Helsinki tourist
From the end of the Helsinki Promenade, Mannerheimintie Street begins and extends northwest, passing through the Central Railway Station and the Central Post Office. The Central Railway Station was built in 1919 and its beautiful building, the work of the famous architect Eliel Saarinen, will be very spectacular with its 48-meter clock tower. The surrounding restaurants are all of high quality and slightly expensive. Next to the post office is the equestrian statue of Marshall Mannheim, arguably the most important figure in Finnish history. Right behind the building, you will find the stunning Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Walking along Mannheim Street, you will pass many of the main cultural sites that we will introduce below. Attractions such as the Parliament Building, numerous shops, and some of the best restaurants in the city. This street provides access to all the trams and buses that take you anywhere in the city or anywhere in Finland.
2. National Museum of Art of Finland (Athenaeum)
The Finnish National Museum of Art, also known as the Ateneum, is also home to the Finnish Academy of Arts. Designed by Theodor Heuer and completed in 1887, it houses Finnish art and historical artifacts as well as contemporary art. The Finnish section of the museum includes works by Edel Felt, Yarnenfelt, Halonen, and Galen Kalat. Among the works of foreign masters in the collection are “The Monk Studying” by Rembrandt and the painting “A Street in Oversurvaz” by Van Gogh. Another 650 international works of art are housed here. In the sculpture hall, you will see works by prominent Finnish artists. In front of the entrance, you will find a bronze statue of “Albert Edlefelt” by “Wal Green”. Be sure to check the museum site before you visit because visiting the museum is free on several days of the year.
3. National Museum of Finland
The National Museum of Finland (Kansallismuseo) was built in 1912 in the national romantic style. This building is very easy to identify when you go north on the street because it is the only building on the left that has tall minarets. The National Museum has a coherent and good collection of Finnish culture and ethnography. The prehistoric section is the largest permanent archeological complex in the country. There are various sections that document the development of Finland from the Middle Ages to the time of the Swedish government, the Russian Empire, and the modern era. The entrance hall is decorated with a wonderful ceiling painting that is inspired by the national legend of Finland, “Kalehwala”. These paintings were created by Galen Kalehla, the most famous artist in the country. In front of the National Museum, you can find the Municipal Museum.
4. Finnish Forum – Helsinki tourist
Finlandia Hall is located north of the Helsinki Municipal Museum on the shores of Töölö Bay. A concert and meeting hall designed by Alvar Alto and built-in 1971 with a white marble door. The details of the building are made of hard and ceramic wood. The main concert amphitheater is a stunning venue known for its acoustic system. Another notable feature will be the wide Venetian staircase. To the north of the hall is a magnificent park, followed by the Finnish National Opera House, which reopened in November 1993. For information on events, prices, and hours, it is better to visit the official website of the Finnish Forum.
5. Central Park
Helsinki Central Park (Keskuspuisto) is a very large park right in the middle of the city. The park covers an area of more than 10 square kilometers and starts from the Olympic Stadium and extends from the north to Vantaa in the Paloheinä forest. This park is more of a pristine grove than a landscaped garden. Here you will find many bicycles and hiking trails. The idea for the park was conceived in 1911 by an architect named Bertel Jung and developed over the decades. Finally, in 1978, this idea was codified and included in the main map of the city.
6. Linnamaki Amusement Park
To the east of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, along the railway line, you can see the Linnanmäki Amusement Park with its blue tower, huge carousel, and winding rails. The amusement park reopened in 1950 and is constantly undergoing renovations, games, shows, shops, and restaurants. Prices and arrival times vary throughout the year, so it’s best to visit the official Linanomaki website and get the latest information before you go.
7. Board area
On the south and east coast of the main railway station is the 1952 Olympic Rowing Stadium, which rents kayaks and boats, where you will see the beautiful sandy beach of Hietaniemi. In addition to this area, there are several outdoor fields that are used for football, various restaurants, and public saunas. After this area, there is an amazing cemetery that houses the heroes of the country. Marshall Mannheim was also buried in this cemetery. Part of this cemetery belongs to the Jewish community of the city.
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