Kallio Walk (Self Guided), Helsinki

Sample a little something of what the locals call the "Kallio-spirit", a phrase that describes the bohemian atmosphere of this artsy neighborhood. The spirit is characterized by such traits as edginess, tolerance and solidarity among locals who are a mixture of the young, the old, the ultra cool and lost causes. This welcoming neighborhood is a little off the well-trodden Helsinki tourist path, but you will be glad you made the effort to come here.

A good place to start your visit and familiarize yourself with the engaging and friendly residents is the market square of Hakaniemi. This popular meeting place and shopping destination is a century-old market hall where you can purchase fresh foods, fish, baked goods, jewelry, clothing and much more. Stay here for a delicious lunch or just for a pit stop with a cup of coffee.

After your shopping trip, relax in Karhupuisto (Bear Park) which features a statue of a bear standing on an anthill. One of Kallio's must-see architectural highlights is the early 20th-century Church of Kallio with its Art Deco influences. A visit to Kallio is a very pleasant way to spend a few hours or more. There's good shopping, great dining, captivating architecture and fascinating locals.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,000 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Kallio Walk Map

Guide Name: Kallio Walk
Guide Location: Finland » Helsinki
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: Helen

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