Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #10 in Helsinki, Finland


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Number of sights 30 sights
Distance 11.3 km
Ascend 0 m
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Experience Helsinki in Finland in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in HelsinkiIndividual Sights in Helsinki

Sight 1: Sibelius Monument

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The Sibelius Monument by Eila Hiltunen is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957). The monument is located in Sibelius Park in the Töölö district of Helsinki, Finland.

Wikipedia: Sibelius Monument (EN), Website

314 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 2: Ilmatar and the Scaup

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Ilmatar and the Scaup Patsas: Kuvanveistäjä Aarre Aaltonen. Valokuva: Käyttäjä:Htm / CC BY 3.0

Ilmatar ja sotka is the best-known work by Finnish sculptor Aarre Aaltonen, which depicts the birth of the world from the perspective of the Kalevala. The epic subject matter has been depicted in a way that refers to art deco and classicism. The statue is located in Helsinki's Sibelius Park, east of Mechelininkatu, which cuts through the park.

Wikipedia: Ilmatar ja sotka (FI), Website

495 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 3: Töölön kirkko

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Töölön kirkko Paju, Finland. / CC BY-SA 3.0

Töölö Church is a Lutheran church in the Taka-Töölö district of Helsinki, Finland. The building represents Nordic Classicism and was designed by Hilding Ekelund following an architectural competition. Completed in 1930, it originally served as a parish center and was dedicated as a church when Töölö parish was created in 1941.

Wikipedia: Töölö Church (EN)

625 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 4: Tram Museum

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The Tram Museum or Tram Museum is a special museum operating under the Helsinki City Museum in Taka-Töölö, Helsinki. The museum presents the history of tram traffic in Helsinki. It is housed in Helsinki's oldest tram hall, dating back to 1900, designed by architect Waldemar Aspelin.

Wikipedia: Ratikkamuseo (FI)

615 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 5: Paavo Nurmi

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Paavo Nurmi

The Paavo nurmi statue is a whole-body sculpture of runner Paavo Nurmi, the most successful Olympic athlete in Finland, made by sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen. The bronze sculpture was made in 1925 and there have been four additional casts of it. The statue has become a symbol for Finnish sport and the independent Finnish nation as well as an envoy of the image of Finland.

Wikipedia: Paavo Nurmi statue (EN), Website

482 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 6: Winter Garden

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Helsinki Winter Garden is a greenhouse open to the public in the Zoo area north of Töölönlahti Bay at Hammarskjöldintie 1 A. The Winter Garden displays a wide range of plants, most of them from the tropics.

Wikipedia: Talvipuutarha (FI), Website

385 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 7: Mäntymäki

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Mäntymäki is a rocky and forested hill in Helsinki, on the southern edge of the Zoo area near Töölönlahti. Helsinginkatu runs past it to the south and east, and Mäntymäentie to the north. On the west side in front of the hill is a wide square, the Mäntymäki field.

Wikipedia: Mäntymäki (Helsinki) (FI)

381 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 8: Finnish National Opera

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The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is a Finnish opera company and ballet company based in Helsinki. It is headquartered in the Opera House on the coast of the Töölönlahti bay in Töölö, which opened in 1993, and is state-owned through Senate Properties. The Opera House features two auditoriums, the main auditorium with 1,350, seats and a smaller studio auditorium with 300–500 seats.

Wikipedia: Finnish National Opera and Ballet (EN), Website

280 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 9: Hesperian puisto

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Hesperia Park is a park located on the western shore of Töölönlahti Bay in Helsinki, belonging to the districts of Etu-Töölö and Taka-Töölö. It borders Mannerheimintie in the west, Finlandia Hall in the south and the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in the north. On the beach, however, the park extends in a narrow strip all the way to Helsinginkatu, on the other side of which is the Zoo park area. South of Töölönlahti is the Töölönlahti Park, opened in 2016. The entire Töölönlahti park zone can be counted as part of Helsinki Central Park.

Wikipedia: Hesperian puisto (FI)

1143 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 10: Diakonissalaitoksen kirkko

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The Helsinki Deaconess Institute Church is a church building owned by the Helsinki Deaconess Institute (HDL) in the Deaconess Institute complex in Kallio, Helsinki. The church was consecrated in May 1898.

Wikipedia: Helsingin Diakonissalaitoksen kirkko (FI)

429 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 11: Tarja Halosen puisto

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Tarja Halonen Park is a small park next to the Helsinki City Theatre in the Kallio district of Helsinki. The park was named after President Tarja Halonen when she turned 70 in December 2013. Halonen, who loves theatre and hails from Kallio, "could not have imagined a better gift than a park named after her next to the Helsinki City Theatre".

Wikipedia: Tarja Halosen puisto (FI)

239 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: Tokoinranta

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Tokoinranta is a park in Kallio, Helsinki, on the shore of Eläintarhanlahti Bay. In the south, the park borders Eläintarhanlahti and in the north Eläintarhantie. In the east it ends at Hakaniemi. To the west, the park borders the old villa area of Linnunlaulu and the main railway.

Wikipedia: Tokoinranta (FI)

274 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 13: Ilolanpuisto

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Ilolanpuisto Park is located in the Kallio district of Helsinki. It is built on a slope that rises north from Eläintarhantie towards the Second Line. To the west, the park is bordered by Castréninkatu and to the east by the Kallio office building. The park was designed by Harald Carstens in 1966. It covers an area of approximately 1.9 hectares and is seamlessly intertwined with Tarja Halonen Park. Between the park areas lies the massive building complex of the Helsinki City Theatre. The name Ilolanpuisto derives from the villa plot called Ilola. The northwestern part of Ilolanpuisto Park has been built as a playground.

Wikipedia: Ilolanpuisto (FI)

848 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 14: Torkkelinpuistikko

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Torkkelinpuistikko J-P Iivonen

Torkkelinpuistikko is a small and peaceful park in Torkkelinmäki in Kallio, Helsinki, which also has a children's playground. The park was designed by Elisabeth Koch. The park is a good example of the regular and symmetrical park ideas of the 1920s.

Wikipedia: Torkkelinpuistikko (FI)

199 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 15: Pengerpuisto

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Pengerpuisto is located in the Kallio district of Helsinki. It is built on top of a cliff in the middle of the Torkkelinmäki sub-area. The park is bordered on the west by the low 1920s apartment buildings on Torkkelinkatu and on the east by the row of high-rise blocks of flats on Pengerkatu. The differences in altitude in the easterly direction, on the slope leading to the seashore, are great. To the northeast and southwest, the park borders the school buildings. The area of the terraced park is approximately 1.3 hectares.

Wikipedia: Pengerpuisto (FI)

524 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 16: Katri Valan puisto

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Katri Vala Park is located in Sörnäinen, Helsinki, on Vilhonvuori. Marjatanmäki Park was named after poet Katri Vala in 1953. From 1931 to 1933, Vala lived with her husband Armas Heikel near the park in Vilhovuorenkuja in the so-called Marjatta House.

Wikipedia: Katri Valan puisto (FI)

558 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 17: Pyhien lapsimarttyyrien Pistiksen, Elpiksen, Agapen ja heidän äitinsä Sofian kirkko

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The Orthodox Church of Finland or Finnish Orthodox Church is an autonomous Eastern Orthodox archdiocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The church has a legal position as a national church in the country, along with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Wikipedia: Orthodox Church of Finland (EN), Website

150 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 18: Silver Tree

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The Arvo Ylpö Memorial or Silver Tree is a monument to archbishop Arvo Ylpö located in Vallila, Helsinki. The monument, erected in 2010, is located at the intersection of Mäkelänkatu and Hämeentie in front of the Medical House.

Wikipedia: Arvo Ylpön muistomerkki (FI)

373 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 19: Dallapénpuisto

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Dallapénpuisto Park is a park in Vallila, Helsinki. It was built on the site of the former railway yard area of the Sörnäinen harbour railway; the park is located next to Harju Youth Centre in the area bounded by Aleksis Kiven katu, Teollisuuskatu and Kustaankatu.

Wikipedia: Dallapénpuisto (FI)

343 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 20: The Kindergarten Museum

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The Kindergarten Museum Aukusti Heinonen / CC BY 4.0

The Kindergarten Museum, maintained by the Ebeneser Foundation, is the only professional museum in Finland specialising in the history of kindergarten work. The Kindergarten Museum was opened in the Ebeneser House designed by Wivi Lönn in Sörnäinen, Helsinki, in 1998. In 2009, a completely renewed permanent exhibition was opened. The exhibition begins on the first floor of the Ebeneser House, where, in addition to yard games at different times of the year, the history of the Sörnäinen area is explored more generally. The exhibition continues on the third floor of the building, where the history of kindergarten work and the cultural heritage of kindergartens are approached through architecture, play, work education, handicrafts and Friedrich Fröbel's pedagogy. The exhibition is functional, and special attention has been paid to children under school age.

Wikipedia: Lastentarhamuseo (FI), Website

108 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 21: Siiloan-seurakunta

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Siiloan Church is a Pentecostal church founded in 1969 in Helsinki. Doctrinally, the background church belonged to the Pentecostal movement, and Shiloh Church is also doctrinally close to the Pentecostal movement. The teaching of the congregation includes, among other things, considering adult baptism as the only correct form of baptism and speaking in tongues as a sign of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Wikipedia: Siiloan-seurakunta (FI), Website

133 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 22: Kotiharjun sauna

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Kotiharju sauna or Harjutori sauna is a public sauna founded in 1928 at Torkkelinmäki, Harjutorinkatu 1 in Kallio, Helsinki.

Wikipedia: Kotiharjun sauna (FI), Website

674 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 23: Pyhän Sydämen kappeli

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The Chapel of the Sacred Heart is an Art Nouveau chapel of the Finnish Lutheran Gospel Association (SLEY) located on Kirstinkatu in Kallio, Helsinki.

Wikipedia: Pyhän Sydämen kappeli (FI)

239 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 24: Tauno Palon puisto

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Tauno Palo Park is located in the Kallio district of Helsinki. In the north, it borders Helsinginkatu, from where it is separated by a low stone wall. To the south and west, the park area rises into a slope with an asphalt-paved staircase/embankment for pedestrians, which curves southwest towards the intersection of Alppikatu and Wallininkatu. To the east, the park borders the courtyard of a residential apartment building. Tram line 8 runs past the park along Helsinginkatu. The park is located approximately halfway between the stops of Linnanmäki and Urheilutalo.

Wikipedia: Tauno Palon puisto (FI)

16 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 25: Tauno Palo

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The Tauno Palo Memorial is a monument to actor Tauno Palo created by sculptor Kain Tapper in Kallio, Helsinki. The multi-part memorial and the associated environmental artwork are located in Tauno Palo Park along Helsinginkatu, and they were completed in 1993.

Wikipedia: Tauno Palon muistomerkki (FI), Website

245 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 26: Josafatinpuisto

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Josafat Cliffs is a rocky green area in Harju, Helsinki, north of Helsinginkatu.

Wikipedia: Josafatin kalliot (FI)

697 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 27: Vuoristorata

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Vuoristorata is a classic wooden roller coaster located at the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. It was built in the winter of 1950 by Linnanmäki's staff on the basis of drawings by Valdemar Lebech, a Danish builder specialising in fairground rides. The construction work was led by the Danish ride operator Svend Jarlström, who at the time owned most of Linnanmäki's rides. Opened on 13 July 1951, Vuoristorata was the largest roller coaster in the Nordic countries and the tallest in Europe at the time. Expected to last up to 15 years, it was originally designed as a temporary attraction for the amusement park, opened in 1950. One of the main reasons for its construction was to attract tourists from the 1952 Summer Olympics held in the city. Since then, its temporary status was renewed for extended periods, until it was eventually regarded as a permanent structure.

Wikipedia: Vuoristorata (EN)

359 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 28: Linnanmäki

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Linnanmäki is an amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. It was opened on 27 May 1950 and is owned by the non-profit Children's Day Foundation, which operates the park to raise funds for Finnish child welfare work. In 2023, the foundation donated €4.5 million, and so far has donated a total of over €130 million to this cause.

Wikipedia: Linnanmäki (EN), Website

56 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 29: Kirnu

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Kirnu is a steel roller coaster located at the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. Kirnu is Intamin's first ball coaster.

Wikipedia: Kirnu (EN)

112 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 30: Taiga

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Taiga is a steel roller coaster located at the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. Taiga is the tallest (52m), fastest (106km/h) and longest (1,104m) roller coaster in Finland.

Wikipedia: Taiga (roller coaster) (EN)


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