Cultural Tour of Helsinki, Helsinki

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.
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Cultural Tour of Helsinki Map

Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Helsinki
Guide Location: Finland » Helsinki (See other walking tours in Helsinki)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: naomi
Aleksanterin Teatteri

1) Aleksanterin Teatteri

The Alexandrian Theatre is a premiere institution that is named after Czar Alexander II of Russia. It is located in the Heitalahti Square in Helsinki. It was built to be the first theatre for the Russian people of Finland. Sinebrychoff Park is located nearby.

It was organized in 1875 by Count Nikolay Adlerberg, who got permission to construct the local theatre from Alexander II. The overall architecture of the building was done so that it would mimic the Marinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg,...   view more

2) Tennispalatsi

Tennispalatsi is a cultural and recreational center in the Kamppi district. It houses a Finnkino movie theater, the Art Museum Tennis Palace, the Museum of Cultures, and small shops. Tennispalatsi was built in 1938 in preparation for the 1940 Summer Olympics. The functionalist building, which had four tennis courts, was designed by Helge Lundström. In the 1952 Summer Olympics the basketball preliminary games were held in Tennispalatsi. Finnkino has a 14-theater multiplex in Tennispalatsi....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tavastia Club

3) Tavastia Club

The Tavastia Club is a popular rock music club in Helsinki. The club was built in 1931. From early on, it was actively rented for entertainment purposes, including plays and dances. By the 1980s the club had achieved a legendary status in the Finnish rock music scene. The 1990s saw a number of popular new domestic acts rise to fame from the stages of the club. These include Don Huonot, Kingston Wall and The 69 Eyes. In 1994 a "little brother" club named Semifinal was opened in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Amos Anderson Art Museum

4) Amos Anderson Art Museum

In the heart of central Helsinki lies the Amos Anderson Art Museum. This institution houses one of the single largest art collections in the entire country. It was started by the famous Finnish politician and entrepreneur Amos Anderson. Amos was a long time patron of the arts. He owned several publishing firms in the country, including the Hufvudstadsbladet (a Swedish language daily newspaper.)

The building is actually the old home of Anderson. It was built in 1913. For many years, the...   view more
Swedish Theatre

5) Swedish Theatre

This Swedish Theatre was the first such national stage for the country. It was started in 1827, and the first home of the company was completed in the same year. It is located at the Erottaja Square, which is at the end of Esplanadi Street. Unlike the National Theatre, this local company specializes in Swedish language performances.

The group quickly outgrew its location, as the popularity of the place grew. A new location was started in 1860. It was built on the current site of the Svenska...   view more
Finnish National Theatre

6) Finnish National Theatre (must see)

The National Theatre has been an integral part of Finnish national culture since the 1800s. It got its start in 1872 in Pori. Today, it is located in the north-central section of Helsinki, near the Central Railway Station. It is the oldest known theater of its kind that does performances in Finnish. Up until the year 1902, it was simply called the Finnish Theater.

The current building was completed in 1902 and was done in a Romantic architecture style. At this point in history, the whole...   view more

7) Lasipalatsi

Lasipalatsi is a functionalist office building designed in the 1930s, which is located on Mannerheimintie in the Kamppi district of Helsinki. Lasipalatsi, which houses offices, restaurants and a movie theater, was originally designed as a temporary building, later to be torn down to make room for a larger office building. After decades of deterioration, Lasipalatsi was granted protected status and renovated into a cultural and media center in 1998. A number of cafes and media corporations moved...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Finlandia Hall

8) Finlandia Hall (must see)

Located in central Helsinki, Finlandia Hall is the proverbial Las Vegas Show Center of Finland as it is host to many of the finest conferences, concerts and art exhibits you will find anywhere in town. If you plan on coming to Helsinki, you will want to get a list of what is happening there right away. Thousands of people visit it each year. The largest hall can seat 1700 people.

Designed to be similar to the concert hall in Essen, the building is an architectural thing of beauty. Asymmetry...   view more
Finnish National Opera

9) Finnish National Opera (must see)

The Finnish National Opera represents the summa of all such companies of singers in the country. It makes its home base the Töölönlahti Bay Opera House in Helsinki, so you may want to get a chance to visit this famous group while in town. The theater section has over 1350 seats for main events, though they also use a 500-seat auditorium for presenting smaller performances. Chances are you will be able to catch a show.

Ongoing performances were first performed here in 1873, with the...   view more

Walking Tours in Helsinki, Finland

Create Your Own Walk in Helsinki

Create Your Own Walk in Helsinki

Creating your own self-guided walk in Helsinki is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Buildings Tour of Helsinki, Part 2

Religious Buildings Tour of Helsinki, 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: 7.1 km
Architecture Tour of Helsinki

Architecture Tour of Helsinki

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 Helsinki.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Nightlife Tour of Helsinki

Nightlife Tour of Helsinki

Most of Helsinki's nightlife is concentrated in the center of the city around the main train station. Almost all the establishments are a mix of bar, disco and concert venue. Finnish people are great lovers of live performances. No matter what band or artist is playing, they always enjoy the show. So, take this tour to experience the vibrant nightlife of Helsinki.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Religious Buildings Tour of Helsinki, Part 1

Religious Buildings Tour of Helsinki, Part 1

Helsinki features many impressive places of worship where you can enjoy a peaceful moment and admire the beauty of the religious buildings. Helsinki has two main religious denominations: Lutheran and Orthodox, but there are also some beautiful Anglican and German churches. Take this tour to see the most interesting religious buildings in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Tour of Helsinki's Seurasaari District

Tour of Helsinki's Seurasaari District

Seurasaari is a district in Helsinki that is located on an island. The island is home to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum. The museum provides an overview of life in the Finnish countryside by showcasing houses from different parts of the country. This tour will show you some of the most interesting buildings in Seurasaari.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Landmarks Tour of Helsinki

Landmarks Tour of Helsinki

As the capital of Finland and one of the major cities of Scandinavia, Helsinki has a great and interesting history. The city is full of sculptures and monuments dedicated to some of the most important people and events in its history. This self-guided tour will help you visit some of Helsinki's greatest landmarks.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km

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