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Observatory Hill, Helsinki

Observatory Hill, Helsinki

Observatory Hill is the location of the institution that used to be in Turku. This spot was actually Finland’s first observatory. It was built in 1819. Sadly though, a huge fire destroyed the city in 1827, including this institution. So, Tsar Nicholas I ordered the location to be moved to Helsinki, along with the University that was being developed.

The famous architect Carl Engel drew up the design that was used for the place. He is well known for many buildings that still reside in downtown Helsinki. The new observatory was completed in 1834, and was considered one of the best built to that point in history.

The hill itself is also quite famous, as it used to be the place where signal fires were lit when danger was approaching the city. The fires from “Fire Hill”, as the locals called it, could be seen for miles. Eventually, this place was developed into a lovely park also. While you are here, you may also want to see the famous sculpture “shipwrecked” by Robert Stigell. It is part of the park that surrounds the observatory on the hill.

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Sight Name: Observatory Hill
Sight Location: Helsinki, Finland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Helsinki, Finland

Create Your Own Walk in Helsinki

Create Your Own Walk in Helsinki

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Helsinki's Architectural Jewels

Helsinki's Architectural Jewels

There are many examples of great architecture in Helsinki. The predominant styles are Art Nouveau (Jugend in Finnish) and Neo-Clasical. Much of the city's architecture has social and cultural significance, particularly buildings such as the Academic Bookshop, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki Central Railway Station and Erottaja Fire Station. This tour presents some of the most beautiful buildings of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Ullanlinna District Tour

Ullanlinna District Tour

Ullanlinna is a district in the south part of Helsinki. The name of the district comes from the town fortifications that were standing in this place during the 1700s. During the 19th century the residential wooden houses were replaced by stone buildings, mainly designed in the Jugendstil style. This tour will show you the most interesting places of this area.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

As the capital, Helsinki is the cultural center of Finland. The city is famous for its concerts and shows. It is also home to some internationally-known artists. There are three major theaters in the city and a couple of cultural centers. Take this tour to find out more about Finnish culture.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Helsinki Introduction Walk

Helsinki Introduction Walk

Helsinki, the capital and the largest city of Finland, is a multi-faceted place unique in many ways with much to offer to any visitor. While the greater Helsinki comprises peninsulas and large bays, the city center is very symmetrical with well-organized streets and straight boulevards. On this orientation walk you can visit some of Helsinki's not-to-be-missed attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Helsinki Museums

Helsinki Museums

Helsinki is the cultural capital of Finland. The city hosts some of the most famous museums in Europe, including the Ateneum, Kiasma, and the National Museum of Finland. This tour of Helsinki museums will help you learn more about Finnish culture and history.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Helsinki's Historical Churches, Part 2

Helsinki's Historical Churches, Part 2

As the capital of Finland, Helsinki has a wide variety of churches to support the relatively large population. The majority of churches in Helsinki are Lutheran or Orthodox, but there are also Catholic and Jewish congregations, as well as smaller religious communities. With the help of this guide you will visit some of the most beautiful and interesting religious buildings of Helsinki.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 Km or 4.3 Miles

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