Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #2 in Helsinki, Finland


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Number of sights 29 sights
Distance 6.3 km
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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: Wise Mouse

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The Wise Mouse is a small sculpture by artist Jyrki Siukonen from 2000. It represents a mouse carrying a pen.

Wikipedia: Viisas hiiri (FI), Website

143 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 2: Johan Vilhelm Snellman

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The statue of J. V. Snellman is located in front of the Bank of Finland in Kruununhaka, Helsinki. The memorial, funded by fundraising, was unveiled on Snellman's Day, 12 May 1923. The memorial competition was held in 1913 and the statue was completed already in 1916, but the First World War and the Finnish Civil War delayed its unveiling. The statue was cast in Copenhagen, Denmark, and sculpted by Emil Wikström. The pedestal of the statue and the surroundings of the monument were designed by architect Eliel Saarinen. The statue was damaged during the Continuation War during the bombing of Helsinki in February 1944. The damage left by the shrapnel on the pedestal has been left as a reminder of the bombing.

Wikipedia: J. V. Snellmanin patsas (FI), Website

220 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 3: Helsinki Cathedral

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Helsinki Cathedral is the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki, located in the neighborhood of Kruununhaka in the centre of Helsinki, Finland, at the Senate Square. The church was originally built from 1830 to 1852 as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland, Emperor Nicholas I of Russia. It was also known as St Nicholas's Church until Finland declared its full independence in 1917. It is a major landmark of the city, and one of the most famous historical structures in Finland as a whole when viewed globally.

Wikipedia: Helsinki Cathedral (EN), Website

203 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: Alexander II

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Alexander II is a monumental statue located at the Senate Square in central Helsinki, Finland.

Wikipedia: Alexander II (statue in Helsinki) (EN), Website

214 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 5: Helsinki City Museum

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Helsinki City Museum is a museum in Helsinki that documents and displays the history of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Its mission is to record and uphold Helsinki's spiritual, material and architectural heritage. The museum features personal memories and everyday life of the city's residents. It also acts as the regional museum for central Uusimaa with a mission to promote and steer museum activities in the region.

Wikipedia: Helsinki City Museum (EN), Website, Website

437 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 6: The Fazer Rooster

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Fazer's Rooster is a sculpture created by Finnish artist Björn Weckström. The sculpture was commissioned by Fazer to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary in 1991. It is located in the centre of Helsinki on Kluuvikatu.

Wikipedia: Fazerin kukko (FI), Website

227 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 7: Eino Leino

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The Eino Leino is a statue of Eino Leino (1878–1926) sculpted by Lauri Leppänen in the Esplanadi Park in Helsinki, Finland. It is located in the northeast corner of Teatteriesplanadi, close to the intersection of the Pohjoisesplanadi and Mikonkatu streets.

Wikipedia: Eino Leino (statue) (EN), Website

32 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 8: Fact and Fable

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Fact and Fable veistos: Gunnar Finne, valokuva: Jason Jones / CC BY 2.0

Taru ja Truth is a sculpture by Gunnar Finne in Helsinki's Esplanade Park. Unveiled in 1932, the work is dedicated to the memory of Zachris Topelius and depicts the subject as naked maiden figures. The Maiden of Truth has the flame of truth in the palm of her hand, and Taru holds the crowned bird of the fairy tale.

Wikipedia: Taru ja totuus (FI), Website

92 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 9: Swedish Theatre

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The Swedish Theatre is a Swedish-language theatre in Helsinki, Finland, and is located at the Erottaja square, at the end of Esplanadi. It was the first national stage of Finland.

Wikipedia: Swedish Theatre (EN), Website

127 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: Usko toivo rakkaus

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Faith, Hope, Love is a sculpture by Swedish artist Eva Lange, unveiled in September 2019 on Helsinki's Erottaja Square next to Svenska Teatern.

Wikipedia: Usko toivo rakkaus (FI), Website

450 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 11: Lilla Teatern

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338 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 12: Luther-kirkko

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Luther Church in Helsinki is a church built for the use of the Finnish Lutheran Gospel Association (SLEY) at Fredrikinkatu 42. SLEY leases the property from its current owner, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company. The space returned to church use in May 2016 after twenty years as a nightclub and restaurant space.

Wikipedia: Luther-kirkko (Helsinki) (FI), Website

190 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 13: Lapinlahden puistikko

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Lapinlahden puistikko is located in the triangle between Lapinlahdenkatu, Eerikinkatu and Albertinkatu in Helsinki. In 2001, Latvian artist Oskars Mikans' sculpture Man Rises from a Garbage Bin depicting Arvo Parkkila was erected there.

Wikipedia: Lapinlahden puistikko (FI)

168 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Fila Church Helsinki

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Fila Church Helsinki / fair use

Fila Church Helsinki, full name Helsingin Filadelfia Parish, is a Finnish and English-speaking Pentecostal church in Kamppi, Helsinki. The parish was founded as a bilingual congregation in 1920. Helsinki Philadelphia is the second oldest Pentecostal church in Finland.

Wikipedia: Fila Helsinki (FI), Website

488 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 15: Elias Lönnrot

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Elias Lönnrot is a monument in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, by a Finnish sculptor Emil Wikström, unveiled in 1902.

Wikipedia: Elias Lönnrot (monument) (EN), Website

132 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 16: Helsinki Old Church

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The Old Church of Helsinki, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel and completed in 1826, is an Evangelical Lutheran church in Helsinki. The oldest existing church in central Helsinki, the church was originally planned as a temporary building as the Ulrika Eleonora Church constructed in 1727 had become too small for the congregation and the new church, Helsinki Cathedral, would not be completed until 1852. However, the city's rapid population growth from the early 19th century onwards ensured that the church would remain needed, and also necessitated the construction of many other churches.

Wikipedia: Helsinki Old Church (EN), Website

47 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 17: Vanha kirkkopuisto

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Old Church Park is a park and historical cemetery in Kamppi, Helsinki, surrounding the Old Church, covering an area of one block. The old church is located on the edge of the park along Lönnrotinkatu. Other streets surrounding the park are Annankatu, Bulevardi and Yrjönkatu.

Wikipedia: Vanha kirkkopuisto (FI)

72 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 18: Memorial to the Estonian volunteers

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The Estonian Visitors' Hero's Tomb is a joint grave of the Finnish volunteer troops of the Estonian War of Independence located in Helsinki's Old Church Park, where approximately one fifth of the Finnish heroic dead of the war rest.

Wikipedia: Vironkävijäin sankarihauta (FI), Website

239 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 19: Tellervo, Tapios daughter (Diana)

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Tellervo, Tapio's daughter is a bronze sculpture by Yrjö Liipola from 1928. It is located in Helsinki's Kolmikulma Park in the Kaartinkaupunki district.

Wikipedia: Tellervo, Tapion tytär (FI), Website

15 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 20: Kolmikulma

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Kolmikulma, also known as the Diana Park, is a small, rectangular triangular-shaped park located in the Kaartinkaupunki district in the city center of Helsinki, Finland. It is limited by the Yrjönkatu, Uudenmaankatu and Erottajankatu streets. The park was renovated in 2006 and 2007.

Wikipedia: Kolmikulma (EN)

170 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 21: Merkki

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Merkki Annika Johansson / Attribution

Media Museum and Archives The sign is a special museum located in the former premises of Helsingin Sanomat on Ludviginkatu in Kaartinkaupunki, Helsinki. It is part of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

Wikipedia: Median museo ja arkisto Merkki (FI), Facebook, Website

210 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 22: Savoy Theatre

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Savoy Theatre is a guest theatre for Finnish and foreign performers in Helsinki's Kaartinkaupunki. The theatre is connected to the Savoy restaurant. It is especially known as a concert venue for world music. Savoy Theatre is one of the locations of the Helsinki Cultural Centre.

Wikipedia: Savoy-teatteri (FI), Url

145 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 23: Esplanadi Park

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Esplanadi, colloquially known as Espa, is an esplanade and urban park in downtown Helsinki, Finland, situated between the Erottaja square and the Market Square. It is bordered on its northern and southern sides by the Pohjoisesplanadi and Eteläesplanadi streets, respectively. Aleksanterinkatu runs parallel to Esplanadi. Esplanadi is well known as a popular walking area, and street performances are also often held in the park.

Wikipedia: Esplanadi (EN)

429 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 24: Old Market Hall

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The Old Market Hall is the oldest market hall in Helsinki, Finland. It is located along the Eteläranta street near the Helsinki Market Square in the Kaartinkaupunki district. By 2013, the hall had also become a popular tourist attraction.

Wikipedia: Old Market Hall, Helsinki (EN), Website

268 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 25: Market Square

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Market SquareUser:JGHowes / Attribution

The Market Square is a central square in Helsinki, Finland. It is located in central Helsinki, at the eastern end of Esplanadi and bordering the Baltic Sea to the south and Katajanokka to the east. HSL maintains a year-round ferry link from Market Square to Suomenlinna, and in the summer there are also private companies providing ferry cruises, both to Suomenlinna and to other nearby islands. The Presidential Palace, Helsinki City Hall, Swedish Embassy and the Stora Enso Headquarters building are all located adjacent to Market Square.

Wikipedia: Market Square, Helsinki (EN)

173 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 26: The Stone of The Empress

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Keisarinnankivi is a monument located at the Market Square in Kaartinkaupunki in central Helsinki, Finland. The monument, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, is the oldest public monument in Helsinki. It was revealed with celebrations on the name day of Nikolai on 18 December 1835 to commemorate the first visit to Helsinki by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Emperor of Russia Nicholas I. The monument was erected at the spot where the imperial couple stepped ashore from the steamship Ischora on arrival in Helsinki on 10 June 1833. The monument was funded by a national collection of funds and by a grant given by the Imperial Senate of Finland.

Wikipedia: Keisarinnankivi (EN), Website

476 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 27: Uspenski Cathedral

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Uspenski Cathedral is a Greek Orthodox or Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, and main cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Finland, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos. Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word uspenie, which denotes the Dormition. It is the largest Greek Orthodox church in Northern Europe.

Wikipedia: Uspenski Cathedral (EN), Website, Website

174 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 28: Tove Janssonin puisto

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Tove Janssonin puisto

Tove Jansson Park is a 7,433 square metre park next to Uspenski Cathedral in Katajanokka, Helsinki.

Wikipedia: Tove Janssonin puisto (FI)

389 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 29: Päivikki ja Sakari Sohlbergin kotimuseo

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Ville Sakari Sohlberg was a member of the Supreme Court from 1952 to 1955 and from 1957 to 1975 and a prominent industrialist, son of Wilhelm Aleksanteri Sohlberg and a member and chairman of the board of directors of Oy G. W. Sohlberg Ab from 1938 to 1984.

Wikipedia: Sakari Sohlberg (FI)


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