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5 Days in Helsinki

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A June 2007 trip to Helsinki by Joy S

Green Helsinki Photo, Helsinki, Finland More Photos
Quote: Midsummer in Helsinki - a perfect time to explore this beautiful city and take part in the Midsummer celebrations.

5 Days in Helsinki

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Overview

Green Helsinki Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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The Finnish capital Helsinki is one of Scandinavia's most alluring destinations. It is compact - an hour's walk takes you from the beaches to the suburbs and its grid layout makes it really easy to navigate. It is spread across a cluster of promontories and peninsulas. It has clean, wide avenues lined with architecturally beautiful buildings.Helsinki is the most densely populated area of Finland - it has 500,000 inhabitants. It covers 800 square kilometres but only half of that area is developed. The rest is parks, forests, shoreline, and lakes. It is one of the greenest cities I have ever visited. The air is really crisp and unpolluted and the waters are bright blue and clean. As an outdo...Read More

Apartments Rivoli Jardin

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Hotel

Apartments Rivoli Jardin Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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We booked this accommodation directly through their website - www.rivoli.fi.The people who own the apartments (there are four of them) also run the Rivoli Hotel. They say on their website "staying here is like having a luxury pad of your own in the city." This is entirely true. Normally they state a minimum stay of 6 nights - they did allow us to book for 5.Our apartment - C25 - was 68 square metres and had two bedrooms. Outside the building looks a bit austere and grim. You enter through a gate into a courtyard where there are several apartment blocks. We then had to drag our luggage up three flights of quite steep stairs (there is no lift)....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2007

Apartments Rivoli Jardin
Kasarmikatu 40
Helsinki, Finland 00130
+358 9 681500

Helsinki Churches

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Attraction

Inside the Church in the Rock Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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In Helsinki we visited three churches - all very different and all very interesting.We went first to Upenski Cathedral - you can't miss it on a rocky outcrop opposite the fish market. Many people have compared Helsinki to the city of St Petersburg - a close neighbour across the water. The exotic red brick orthodox cathedral Upenski, designed by Aleksei Govnostayev of St Petersburg in the late 1800s cements the Russian connection. At the front of the cathedral there is a statue of Tsar Alexander II as a memento of Russia's occupation of Finland until 1919. The building is magnificent with a golden onion dome. Once inside we were quite surprised at how small it was. It is very ornate and decorat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2007

Linnanmäki Amusement Park

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Attraction | "Linnanmaki Amusement Park"

Linnanmäki Amusement Park Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park is a good place to go for a fun afternoon out - particularly if you have children. The funfair is 2 miles north of the city centre - we got there on Tram 3T from Market Square. The tram stop is right by the entrance. A day pass for adults costs 20 euros or you can pay by ride. It is free to walk around. We bought 5 ride tickets for our son and he then selected those he wanted to try out.The amusement park is a bit like an old-fashioned funfair. It has merry-go-rounds, a ferris wheel, splashing fountains and a few thrill rides. It has several gentler rides suitable for young children. In total there are 37 rides - ranging from scary to easy-going. The wooden rollercoas...Read More

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Linnanmäki Amusement Park
Tivolitie 1
Helsinki, Finland 00510
+358 (9) 773 991

Suomenlinna

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Attraction

Suomenlinna Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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The ferry to Suomenlinna leaves from Market Square. It goes frequently - about every 20 minutes and it takes 15 minutes to get there.Suomenlinna is a historically significant fortress, not only a major military monument worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage list, but also home to 900 Finns who live in the renovated barracks. It was built during Swedish rule in the 18th century and is on an island at the entrance to Helsinki harbour. The fortification became a strategic military shipyard with one of the biggest dry docks in the world. The Russians successfully attacked it in 1808.The architecture is great but there are also plenty of other things to do. There are seven museums, a num...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2007

Suomenlinna
Suomenlinna (sea Fortress)
Helsinki, Finland

Things to Do in Helsinki

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Attraction

View of Helsinki from the sea Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki is a beautiful city - green, clean, and really friendly. There are lots of interesting sites to see, great shops, a beautiful harbour with all kinds of ships and boats forever coming and going as well as loads of parks and beaches.Esplanade Park is a good place to start sightseeing. It is always busy, buzzing with lots of street-performers and people strolling through. Amongst the more unusual buskers we saw included a lady performing with three cats and a poodle (it was great!) and a trio of Red Indians in full costume playing great music.At the end of Esplanade Park near the market is the Havis Amanda statue - the symbol of Helsinki. Helsinki's bustling Market Square, a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2007

Midsummer

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Attraction | "Midsummer at Seurassi"

Midsummer Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Midsummer is a really important celebration for the Finns. The actual festivities do not necessarily fall on the longest day itself but on the Friday closest to this date. Lots of people go off to the countryside, many couples get married but everyone parties.We were lucky enough to be in Helsinki for the Midsummer celebrations. All shops, restaurants etc. close on Friday lunchtime and do not reopen again until Monday. Helsinki's main Midsummer event was at Seurassi Open Air Museum. It is on a lovely green island, reached from the mainland by a footbridge. The museum has a collection of farmsteads, parsonages, rural churches, manor houses, and other old buildings all preserved and relo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2007

Midsummer

Helsinki, Finland

About the Writer

Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom