Now you know that if you chose to visit a capital city in Europe like Helsinki which is the largest city in Finland as well you can never see everything that you would like to see. Helsinki in southern Finland sits on the Gulf of Finland which is an arm of the Baltic Sea. So I have chosen some must see attractions to give you an idea of what you can expect when you visit Helsinki.
The largest collection of art in Finland can be found in the Ateneum Art Museum. Here visitors can delight in seeing 20,000 art works ranging from the 1750s to the 1950s. The museum also organizes different workshops, guided tours and other programs. The museum building was designed by architect Theodor Hoijer and was completed in 1887. The Atenueum is part of the Finnish National Gallery.
To take leisurely strolls and enjoy the great outdoors right in the heart of Helsinki is the Esplanade. This park is a favorite among residents and tourists. On the Espa Stage different popular events take place such as the Marimekko Fashion Show and raising of the Midsummer pole along with folk dancing in June and all through July the Jazz-Espa concert series.
Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelical Lutheran Church that is lovely and historically significant. It was designed by architect Carl Ludwig Engel in the 19th century and completed in 1852.
One of the oldest zoos in the world is the Helsinki Zoo Korkeasaari. Here you can see animals that live in the artic tundra and those whose natural habitat is the tropical rainforest. In the zoo there are around 200 various animal species and about 1000 different species of plants. The zoo also preserves a number of species and gives refuge to endangered species.
You’ll find the Kamppi Chapel of Silence in the Narinkkatori Square in a corner right by the entrance to the Kamppi Shopping Center. Here in the chapel people can find a moment of silence and quietly meet one another. The entrance to the chapel serves as an exhibition area where visitors can meet the priest and the social worker.
Entertaining people since 1950 is Linnanmaki Amusement Park where there are many fun rides for families to enjoy. One of the most popular rides is a wooden roller coaster that is more than 50 years old. There are also lots of arcade halls for gaming fun and an outdoor stage for entertainment.
Popular with tourists is the Market Square known as Helsinki’s most famous and international market. Here you can purchase traditional market foods and treats and handicrafts and souvenirs. Sit down and relax and have some coffee in the heated café tent even on the coldest winter days.
Take a trip to the Old Market Hall serving people since 1889. Here you can purchase all kinds of foodstuffs like shellfish, fish, cheese, vegetables, coffee and tea and a lot more.
If you’re interested in getting to know the history of Finland from prehistoric times to the present you must visit the National Museum of Finland. You will get to see lots of archeological finds. There is a special interactive exhibition for children Workshop Vintti.
If you want to get to know about life in Finland from days gone by and learn about Finnish folk tradition then head over to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum. Here all of the buildings and interiors have been brought from Finnish provinces and show how life was for the peasants, crofters and gentry from the 18th to the 20th century. You’ll find guides in national costumes showing the museum to visitors in the summertime. There are also craft demonstrations, concerts and Midsummer festivities.
In 1967 the Sibelius Monument was unveiled. It honors the world famous composer Jean Sibelius and was designed by Eila Hiltunen. The monument looks like organ pipes and is made of welded steel with the bust of the composer to one side. It is one of the most popular statues in Helsinki and one of the most well known tourist attractions. The monument was built with more than 600 pipes and it weighs 24 tons.
So you can see that there is much to do and see in Helsinki and of course these are just some of the highlights. Helsinki has been referred to as the “Daughter of the Baltic” and sits on the tip of a peninsula and 315 islands. A great deal of Helsinki is made up of postwar suburbs all of which are separated from one another by patches of forests. Just like in Central Park in New York City in the U.S. residents and visitors enjoy spending leisure time in Helsinki Central Park. The major islands are Seurasaari, Vallisaari, Lauttasarri and Korkeasaari where you will find the Helsinki zoo. In the summertime a popular island to spend time on is Pihlajasaari and it’s been compared to Fire Island off of New York City. So take the time to explore Helsinki and enjoy all that it has to offer.