Helsinki Points of Interest and Top Attractions to Visit
The city of Helsinki is spread with many interesting places. They are both attractive and enjoyable. People who like to see amusing things enriched with history and delights, these Helsinki points of interests and the top attractions will surely lure the tourists and travelers toward them.
A sea fortress, a humongous eatery, a nature inhabited museum, a lovely park, a historic museum, a trademark point of Helsinki, some public recreations, two other renowned museums, and a world famous church; all the places a person can ever ask from his or her holiday trips are available in Helsinki.
These are the most interesting places and the top attractions in the whole of Finland. Go now and see these landmarks and enchanting places to experience some the most elegant moments of your life. Don’t miss out on the once in a lifetime opportunity to see these scenic and prominent places for being more than just pleased.
Helsinki Points of Interests and Top Attractions to Visit
Table of Contents
- 1 Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
- 2 Old Market Hall
- 3 Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
- 4 Sibelius Park and Monument
- 5 Ateneum Art Museum
- 6 Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral
- 7 Senate Square
- 8 Public Saunas in Helsinki
- 9 National Museum of Finland
- 10 Sederholm House
- 11 The best way to see ALL of Helsinki’s tops attractions
- 12 Where to stay in Helsinki?
- 13 #YOURTHOUGHTSMATTER
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Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is a priceless treasure of Finland and surely, among the best Helsinki points of interest. Being built somewhere around the middle of the 1700s, this fortress consists a great history and archaeology of the medieval military and defense of Finland. The fortress is constructed on islands and accompanied by six nearby islands in the Helsinki neighborhood. It has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991 and has been on top of the Helsinki attractions for tourists around the world.
The Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is also called Sveaborg or Viapori by the locals in Helsinki. Ferries are open till the late night for Helsinki to Suomenlinna and reverse route. Alongside many archaeological specimens, the cannons for naval defense and the walls of the fortress are the interesting things to see inside Suomenlinna. Take a walk around the area to discover the biggest sea fortress of the world and be more and more amazed as you keep exploring. The underground tunnel is also an exciting place to see in here.
Old Market Hall
The place is a very wide building consisting of eateries and stalls on both sides of the main corridor, selling some quality food. Starting with a cup of coffee to the delicious Finnish dishes, anything and everything related to food has a high chance of being caught here. The prices are a bit high but the quality is worth for sure. It started its journey from the late 19th century and now, it’s much rather a fascinating place, has got a huge collection of foodstuffs. After the revolutionary change in the Finish markets, when, Finland joined EU in 1995, the inventory of cheese and dairy products started significantly rising to the highest extent. Food enthusiasts around the world make sure to include this place in their Finland travel guide and Helsinki tourism to experience a fine feast and cuisine.
Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
The name easily gives an idea that the museum is in the sweet nature rather than a definite construction. If you ask the local inhabitants of Helsinki what to see here, they will surely refer you this wonderful tourism destination. With a good number of buildings somewhere around 85, each of the markings represents establishments from the Lapland of Finland.
The environment is very lovely with a diversity of exotic birds and squirrels. Antique, wooden buildings with a precise sense of art, is what allures everyone to visit the place while in, a Helsinki sightseeing. Many enchanting events are held here during summer for attracting the tourists and pleasing her visitors. Don’t forget to wander around and observe the cafeteria, the museum shop, and of course, the attracting church; by having a clear look as you go inside them. Seurassari Open-Air Museum is one of the prime Helsinki tourist attractions.
Sibelius Park and Monument
The Sibelius Park and Monument is established in the memory of the renowned Finnish composer, Johan Julius Christian (or, Jean) Sibelius. Jean Sibelius is widely known to be the best composer ever born in the Finnish territory, as he could express his feelings for the country very touchingly. He also inspired the Finnish independence and their soldiers through his writings. The center of all attraction inside the park is the huge monument; made by the Finnish artist Eila Hiltunen, also entitled, Passio Musicae.
The monument looks like a silver tree which is made of 600 steel pipes. The pipes used in the monument resembles the Finnish forests and the pores are made in order to create a whistling music, as the wind blows by. The monument is massive, so you can easily walk around and underneath. The sculpted head or bust of Jean Sibelius is just beside the monument. A similar monument can also be found at the United Nations headquarter in New York and, also at the UNESCO headquarter in Paris due to its charming elegance.
Ateneum Art Museum
The largest museum of classical arts inside the whole of Finland. It upholds the artworks of even some world’s most renowned artists, like Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh. The museum lies in a vast construction that is architectural, very appealing. It includes in the compilation of the tree museums that generates the Finnish National Gallery. Paintings from the 18th century to the 21st century, all are available in the vast exhibition inside her.
This museum being established in 1887, is certainly, amongst the most unique places to visit in Helsinki. People who are fond of great artists and paintings, must go there and look around to see, what this historic and artistic place, has to offer for her visitors.
Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral
This cathedral is commonly known as the Helsinki Cathedral at the Senate Square. The establishment was done somewhere around the 1850s. Now, more than 350,000 tourists come to see the place every year and the place has most probably become the highest photographed building in the entire Finland. Travel to Helsinki Cathedral for spending some quality time at this church and historic place.
The interior design is as beautiful as the exterior architecture. Visit Helsinki Cathedral during the day; from 9 am to 6 pm, exceptions the months of June, July, and August, when it is open until midnight. With a number of 1,300 seats inside the church and 70 in the chapel, activities in Helsinki Cathedral include frequent prayers alongside with free of charge weddings and funerals.
Also, have a look at the cathedral crypt and the shop for enjoying a nice cup of coffee or buy a souvenir to take back home from the place.
This picturesque space is enriched with some of the most historic Helsinki landmarks. The credit of creativity goes to Carl Ludvig Engel, who accepted death while managing the constructions of this place. The chief constructions of Finnish knowledge, government, and religion lie in the same boulevard center, the Senate Square.
The Helsinki cathedral, known as one of the most beautiful and ancient places in the whole of Finland; the main building of the University of Helsinki, one of the most decorative centers of studies in the state; and also, the Government Palace, which is prior to being the Senate of Finland till 1918. The Sederholm House, the National Library, and the sculpted Statue of Alexander II are the other famous tourist attracting establishments of the place. Be sure to come here for day trips from Helsinki, closely see the landmarks, and also click some selfies with friends and family.
Public Saunas in Helsinki
It is said that innovations are invented due to the necessity of inventions. Maybe that is why great people came to liberate oppressed regions and also men advanced towards modernization. Similarly, the people of Finland had been experiencing the dire coldness of the cool weather, which gradually led them towards the radical change in the history of the entire world by the invention of the first sauna.
Now there are saunas in almost every modern house of Finland. But, Finnish public saunas are the best place with so many services to give you a great sauna experience including massages and other mysterious healing treatments. The warmth sure feels so great and relaxing after a really cool day in Finland.
People who are looking for things to do in Helsinki at winter, without literally being almost frozen at -15 to -3 degrees, must visit the comfy and cozy public saunas in Helsinki. The Sauna Arla, servicing from 1929, is one of the most highly recommended saunas inside Helsinki. Other renowned saunas in Helsinki are Löyly Helsinki, Sompasauna, Kotiharjun Sauna, Kulttuuri Sauna, and the Kaurilian Sauna.
People who are living distant from the center, but near the town of Vantaa, they should visit the sauna2 Malmi. These public saunas are always in the list of Helsinki points of interest among the tourists of Helsinki.
National Museum of Finland
If you are looking for what to see in Helsinki that will take you back to the stone-ages of even 10,000 years before, make sure you include the National Museum of Finland in your Helsinki travel guide. Be surprised at the sight as you see the bear statue in front of the entrance, coming from 1910. Near about 60 meters high tower stands beside the museum as it makes her look more historic.
The new Prehistory Exhibitions include a Russian Imperial Throne, which is currently, the most interesting specimen to see. There is a huge collection of vintage materials that draws tourists from all over the world to this lovely museum. The Elk’s Head of Huittinen is another 8 to 9 thousand years dating sculpture that can be found inside this renowned museum. Go and buy something from the café or the museum shop when you are actually feeling exhausted after browsing through so many artworks and relics of this museum.
The oldest stone made structure in central Helsinki, dating from the mid eighteenth century, is now a charming museum and kid’s playground. The place was owned by a rich merchant known as, Johan Sederholm and his offspring until 1995. It is also in the historical Senate Square with the other reputed landmarks. Every tourist should include the place in their trips to Helsinki. Visit the place, as it is among some the most impressive, Helsinki points of interest. Better if with any children, but, also you can go there with family and even with friends to enjoy some funny moments with the other cute children playing there. Here you can also find some lovely paintings hanging on the walls of this museum alongside some study rooms for the kids. If you have a kid who is bored of visiting the historical places and museums in Helsinki, just take ‘em there for a surprise trip, and, just count the smiles in his face.
The best way to see ALL of Helsinki’s tops attractions
Most of these Helsinki points of interest are free of charge but tons of museums, galleries, and other top attractions come with an entrance fee. For instance, most museums in Helsinki costs 15USD per entrance and if you’re a culture and history buff, your wallet may cry for help. Nevertheless, there’s always a way to see most of these attractions for only one fee but you’ll have to see them in the span of few days.
How you may ask?
Like in most cities in Europe, or the world rather, the local tourism board often gives their foreign visitors the opportunity to see the cities using a tourist card that will give you the access to enter most top attractions in the city you’re visiting.
In this case, Helsinki Card Region is what you must get if you’re interested in experiencing Helsinki city in a unique way.
What’s included in Helsinki Card Region?
- Free city tour
- Public transport
- Free entry to the city’s main sights and museums
- Discount and bonuses on dining, shopping, and tours
How much does it cost? 60USD. Check it out yourself!
Where to stay in Helsinki?
Hotel Lilla Roberts
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Hotel Indigo Helsinki-Boulevard
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