Landmarks Tour of Helsinki, Helsinki

Landmarks Tour of Helsinki, Helsinki
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Helsinki Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Helsinki Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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.

Landmarks Tour of Helsinki Map

Guide Name: Landmarks Tour of Helsinki
Guide Location: Finland » Helsinki (See other walking tours in Helsinki)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km
Author: naomi
Kaisaniemi Park

1) Kaisaniemi Park (must see)

This famous place is also located in the central part of town, in the Kluvi region. It is an extremely popular place among locals. If you are looking to get outside for a bit, you will want to check this place out.

It is full of some of the most beautiful plants in Helsinki. In fact, part of the park was given to the University of Helsinki in 1829, to be used as a place for gardening. The first greenhouse was added here in 1889, and is still around today.

Besides the botanical aspects, the...   view more
Helsinki Senate Square

2) Helsinki Senate Square (must see)

Located in the center of the city, Helsinki's Senate Square contains numerous examples of Carl Ludvig Engel's architecture. The Palace of the Council of State was completed on the eastern side of Senate Square in 1822. The main university building, on the opposite side of Senate Square, was constructed in 1832. A statue of Emperor Alexander II is located in the center of the square. The statue, erected in 1894, was built to commemorate his re-establishment of the Diet of Finland in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kauppatori Market

3) Kauppatori Market (must see)

The Market Square is centrally located in Helsinki, and is very famous among locals and travelers alike. The locals also call this the “Kauppatori.” If you take a trip down to the market on the famous Esplanadi Street, the location is on the east end, very close to the Baltic Sea. There is also a ferry here that you can take to Suomenlinna, as well as some of the other small islands in the area. If you take a trip to the market, be prepared to find some of the best fresh food in town. There...   view more
Havis Amanda

4) Havis Amanda

Havis Amanda is a nude female statue that was sculpted by Ville Vallgren (1855-1940) in 1906 in Paris. It was not erected at its present Market Square location in Kaartinkaupunki until 1908. It is cast in bronze, and the fountain in which it resides is made of granite. Havis Amanda is a mermaid who stands on seaweed as she rises from the water with four fish spouting water at her feet. She is surrounded by four sea lions and is depicted leaning backwards as if to say goodbye to her element....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

5) Esplanadi (must see)

Esplanadi was laid out by Engel in 1812, and it consists of two broad parallel streets separated by a green area. The two streets are full of restaurants and shops that stock a range of products from internationally-known brands to local merchandise. The green area between the streets is often home to different fairs, as well as the open Christmas market in the winter. If you are looking for a place to enjoy the true colors of Helsinki, then Esplanadi is the place to...   view more
Three Smiths Statue

6) Three Smiths Statue

The Three Smiths Statue is a sculpture by Felix Nylund, located in Three Smiths Square at the intersection of Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie. This realistic statue, unveiled in 1932, depicts three smiths hammering on an anvil. The smiths are naked. The statue was donated to the city of Helsinki by the Pro Helsingfors foundation, which had acquired it with the help of a monetary donation from the businessman Julius Tallberg. Tallberg's commerce house is situated at the northern end of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Temppeliaukio Church

7) Temppeliaukio Church (must see)

The Temppeliaukio Church is one of the largest and most important Lutheran Churches in the city of Helsinki. The team of Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen were the architects. It was opened in 1969, so it is actually a very young church. The local congregation had started plans for the building all the way back in the 1930s, but the issues faced by the nation in the Second World War caused plans to be put on hold for a time. The original design was also changed by the Suomalainen brothers. The church...   view more
Sibelius Monument

8) Sibelius Monument (must see)

The Sibelius Monument is one of the most beautiful and yet controversial pieces of artwork in Finland. It was designed in tribute to Jean Sibelius, a famous Finnish Composer, and is located in the park in Helsinki that also bears his name. It stands just outside the Bank of Finland.

The artwork was revealed to the local community in 1967, and almost immediately started a debate. The issue was that this piece was the first public abstract monument ever built in the whole country. Many people...   view more
Helsinki Olympic Stadium

9) Helsinki Olympic Stadium (must see)

One would be hard pressed to find an attraction in Helsinki that means more to the Finnish people than the Olympic Stadium. The country began participating in the Games even before they had been declared an independent nation (circa 1917.) In 1927, a commission was formed to begin the process to bring the Summer Games to Helsinki one day. As such, the Stadium Foundation was formed.

The physical complex itself was finished in 1938, and was formerly inaugurated in June of that year. The 15th...   view more

10) Kulttuuritalo

Kulttuuritalo, or The House of Culture in English, is a building in Alppila, Helsinki. The building was designed by Alvar Aalto and is considered to be one of his most notable works. The building combines a concert hall, an office building and a lecture-theater block that connects the two. The House of Culture was originally built for the Finnish Communist Party. Famous artists who have played in the venue include: Jimi Hendrix in 1967, Eric Clapton in 1967 and 1969, Led Zeppelin in 1970, Frank...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Helsinki City Theater

11) Helsinki City Theater

The Helsinki City Theater was founded after the 1964 merger of Helsinki's two oldest theaters, the Labor Theater and the Popular Theater. The present theater building was designed by architect Timo Penttili. The theater presents plays by local and foreign artists and aims to promote young actors, producers and play-writers. In 2000 the Pieni Suomi Children's Theater became part of the City Theater. Its purpose is to provide great experiences for the entire family: children, parents and...   view more


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