Helsinki Journals

Helsinki - Skandinavian Venice

A travel journal to Helsinki by Koljan

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Helsinki - Skandinavian Venice

Overview

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When you come here, you'll have an impression that you are in a small town, or in a small cute building with cozy atmosphere. All things are so nice and small. These green trams and small streets, the sight of the gulf with small sightseeing boats. And, of course, it's the city - Daughter of the Baltic Sea. Prepare yourself to dive in and explore!Quick Tips: There is one thing, that's required when you visit Helsinki - take a water tour - either to Suomenlinna or a sightseeing one. Without it, you won't see the real Helsinki. The weather of Helsinki is difficult to understand, so you just better take warm clothes, if the temperature goes down.Best Way To Get Around: Helsinki is a sma...Read More

Eurohostel

Hotel

Eurohostel Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Eurohostel is the classic budget place to stay in Helsinki. Frankly speaking I'm a bit disappointed with it now, but it still has its pros: -Moderate prices -Relatively good quality of service -You pay only for the things you need -Great view of the Helsinki bay and ferry terminals from the window (it will remain until next year - they're building a house in front of the hotel) -Great location (it's on the Katanajokka island - just a 5-minute walk from the Kauppattori) -An idyllic surronding: ferry terminals, old brick houses and small parks -The morning sauna is included in the price. Drawbacks: -Well, it's a real hostel. The bathrooms a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2000

Eurohostel
Linnankatu 9
Helsinki, Finland 00160
(358) 9 6220470

Hotel Fenno

Hotel | "Fenno"

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A cute, small, and comfortable hotel. It's great, good and budget class, inexpensive. Room has a TV, radio, cooker, fridge, toilet with bath. Situated not very far from the centre (10 minutes walk), it is perfect for night Helsinki walks.

There are some cafes a 5-minute walk from Fenno, but if you need a good eatery, you have to head for the centre.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 22, 2000

Hotel Fenno
Franzeninkatu 26
Helsinki, Finland
358-9-774980

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Academica turned out to be a completely renovated "hotel-looking" hostel. The rooms are a bit more expensive than in Eurohostel, but you get an in-room bathroom, a sink, and a stove. Plus, the breakfast in a neighbouring restaurant is included in the price. Rooms are well furnished - the designers seem to like genuine Nordic style. All the rooms are available for direct online reservation. Just check their site at http://www.hostelacademica.fi. The only drawback is that the place is a bit far from the city centre. The 10 minutes walking from the Mannerheimintie can be tiring after strolling through the city the whole day. On the whole, I would highly recommend staying in Acad...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Summer Hostel Academica
Hietaniemenkatu 14
Helsinki, Finland
+358 (0)9 1311 4334

Katajanmarja

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Restaurant

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Katajanmarja is situated in the same building with Eurohostel. In the morning, it serves breakfast to the hostel guests, and all the other times, it operates just like a normal restaurant. There's a wide choice of different pizzas and a selection of traditional Finnish sandwiches (what I liked most) with some difficult-to-say Finnish names. These things are really great! The service is very fast and friendly. The restaurant is fully licensed. Katajanmarja also has an outdoor terrace, but it's in the yard of Eurohostel, so there's hardly any view. Katajanmarja itself is also situated in the basement, so you have to admire the interior design of the place. It’s not bad after all. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Katajanmarja
Eurohostel
Helsinki, Finland 00160
(09) 6220 4744

Greenbike

Attraction

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A big base of citybikes and motorbikes in lines. Good Service and nice people. Recommended. As a deposit you can leave a document, like your passport or id card.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2000

Greenbike
Not far from Finlandia House
Helsinki, Finland

Korkeasaari

Attraction | "Korkeasaari Zoo"

Korkeasaari Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Your first action on your arrival here must be buying a map. It's really vast and you can easily get lost here. For sure, you'll spend more than 3 or 5 hours, exploring the island or just relaxing. Don't worry for the time, Korkeasaari is worth it!

For additional info, consult

www.hel.fi/tourism/html/english/artikkelit/artikkelit/korkeasaari
www.hel.fi
www.hel.fi/hkl/english/aikataulut/bussit/eng11
for the water bus and bus timetable.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2000

Korkeasaari
Korkeasaari island
Helsinki, Finland
+358 9 169 5969

Tram Museum

Attraction

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Great, Great, Great! A large tramway hall with 5 rows of pure tramways! An unforgettable impression for a tramway fan! It's 10 minutes to walk from the Finlandia Hall.

UPDATE: the museum is closed for summer 2005 for renovation.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2000

Tram Museum
Töölönkatu 51 A
Helsinki, Finland

Serena Water Park

Attraction

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The park consists of two parts--indoor and outdoor.

Indoor contains: tubes, whitewater stream, big pool, children's pool.
Outdoors: half-pipe water slides, pool
Breathtaking experience!

Saunas (Turkish and Finnish) also available.

I personally would recommend coming there at 16.00 to buy a reduced price ticket. 4 hours will be enough to see and try all the fun and not to get bored.

Getting there:

The bus 339T leaves from Kamppi (central Bus Station) every 1.5 hours. But be sure to check the timetables first.

For more info visit http://www.serena.fi

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2000

Serena Water Park
Tornimäentie 10 FIN-02970
Helsinki, Finland

Suomenlinna

Attraction | "Suomenlinna (Sveaborg)"

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It's an old Finnish fortress, built by Russians to protect Finland (at this moment Russia's province) from Sweden. Ouf. It's a little bit complicated. But, don't worry. It'll be unforgettable impression from your trip to Helsinki. You can troll 'round it, fire from the canons (in your imagination, of course) and sit in cafes inside or on the walls of the fortress, drinking beer. This is now a part of the city where people live. You can get there by taking a water bus from Kauppattori. It's like a usual transport, so you must follow the timetable and you can use your usual ticket (if it's valid). Useful URLs http://www.hel.fi/tourism/html/english/artikkelit/artikkelit/suomenlinna.html http://www.he...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2000

Suomenlinna
Suomenlinna (sea Fortress)
Helsinki, Finland

Free City Bikes

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Attraction

Free City Bikes Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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There's a great activity in Helsinki for active people, for those who don't want to see the city from the bus seat. Strolling through Helsinki, you may have noticed people cycling on strange green bikes with yellow wheels. They are a part of City Bikes, a bike-rental system. It works like this: there are several places around the city centre where these City Bikes stand. To take it, you should just insert a 2€ coin into the lock and off you go, exploring Helsinki in an unusual way. Cycling is widely spread in Finland, so there are plenty of bike paths throughout Helsinki and the drivers respect cyclists. When you're finished, you should cycle to the nearest City Bike stand an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Free City Bikes
20 places in the City Centre
Helsinki, Finland

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Attraction | "Kiasma - the museum of contemporary art"

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Frankly speaking, I haven't understood anything in the museum. Maybe I'm not a connoisseur of contemporary art?

There are some interesting and funny things, but I would have not paid 6€ for the entrance. The fact is that I got there on a Museum Day, when the tickets were free.

The only thing I admired in Kiasma was the "Spider" and the building itself. I wonder if it's the famous Finnish designer Aalvar Aalto who designed it.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
Mannerheiminaukio 2
Helsinki, Finland 00100
+358 9 1733 6501