Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #7 in Helsinki, Finland


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Number of sights 29 sights
Distance 9 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: Liisanpuistikko

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Liisanpuistikko is a small park in Kruununhaka, Helsinki. The park is bounded by Pohjoisranta, Maneesikatu, Maurinkatu and Liisankatu.

Wikipedia: Liisanpuistikko (FI)

873 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 2: 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

313 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 3: 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

187 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: Holy Trinity Church

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The Holy Trinity Church is a Finnish Orthodox Church located in the Kruununhaka district of Helsinki, on the corner of Unioninkatu and Rauhankatu. The church was built in the neo-classical style in 1826 under the direction of the architect Carl Ludvig Engel, and was dedicated and opened in the following year. The Holy Trinity services the city's orthodox community with Divine Liturgy held in both Church Slavic and Finnish.

Wikipedia: Holy Trinity Church, Helsinki (EN)

284 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 5: 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 6: 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

181 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Helsinki University Museum Flame

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Science Museum Liekki is a museum maintained by the University of Helsinki. The Observatory on Tähtitorninvuori, which has been converted into a public centre, is also part of the Liekki Science Museum, as is the Drawing Room.

Wikipedia: Helsingin yliopistomuseo (FI), Website

185 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Kluuvinlahti Fossils

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Kluuvinlahti fossils is a work of art by Tuula Närhinen completed in 2003 on Aleksanterinkatu in Helsinki. The work features recessed 8.5-centimetre-wide copper strips running across the sidewalks. They bear the Latin names of plants and animals on the grassy seashore.

Wikipedia: Kluuvinlahden fossiilit (taideteos) (FI), Website

60 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 9: 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

138 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: 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)

346 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 11: 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

170 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 12: 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)

391 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 13: 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

274 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: Lilla Teatern

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268 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 15: The Three Smiths

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The Three Smiths Statue is a sculpture by Felix Nylund, situated in Helsinki, Finland, in Three Smiths Square at the intersection of Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie. This realistic statue, unveiled in 1932, depicts three naked smiths hammering on an anvil.

Wikipedia: Three Smiths Statue (EN), Website

320 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 16: Ateneum

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Ateneum is an art museum in Helsinki, Finland and one of the three museums forming the Finnish National Gallery. It is located in the centre of Helsinki on the south side of Rautatientori square close to Helsinki Central railway station. It has the biggest collections of classical art in Finland. Before 1991 the Ateneum building also housed the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and University of Art and Design Helsinki.

Wikipedia: Ateneum (EN), Website

282 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 17: Aleksis Kivi Memorial

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Aleksis Kivi Memorial

The Aleksis Kivi Memorial is a statue dedicated to the Finnish author Aleksis Kivi (1834–1872), designed and sculpted by Wäinö Aaltonen.

Wikipedia: Aleksis Kivi Memorial (EN), Website

271 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 18: The Lantern Carriers

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Lyhdynkantajat is a group of sculptures at the front door of the Helsinki Central Station in Helsinki, Finland. The sculptures were designed by Emil Wikström and completed in 1914. Lyhdynkantajat is part of the facade of the Art Nouveau station designed by Eliel Saarinen.

Wikipedia: Lyhdynkantajat (EN), Website

95 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 19: Metro Lines

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Metro Lines seinämaalaus: Jouko Christiansson, valokuva: Kulttuurinavigaattori, joka on Heikki Kastemaa / tekijänoikeuslain 25 §

Metro Lines is a painting by Jouko Christiansson at the Railway Square metro station in Helsinki. The work is placed at the top of the station's escalator. It was unveiled on October 30, 1985. The work won the general competition held to find a work of art for the station.

Wikipedia: Metrolinjat (taideteos) (FI), Website

385 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 20: Kiasma

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Kiasma Valtion taidemuseo / Kuvataiteen keskusarkisto / Petri Virtanen / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Museum of Contemporary Art building Kiasma was designed by American architect Steven Holl, who won the architectural competition for the museum's design in 1993.

Wikipedia: Kiasma (rakennus) (FI), Website

49 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 21: Marsalkka Mannerheimin ratsastajapatsas

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Marsalkka Mannerheimin ratsastajapatsasGuillaume Baviere from Copenhagen, Denmark / CC BY 2.0

A bronze equestrian statue of Field Marshal Gustaf Mannerheim stands in the centre of Helsinki, Finland. It was made by Aimo Tukiainen and erected in 1960.

Wikipedia: Equestrian statue of Marshal Mannerheim (EN), Website

191 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 22: Amos Rex

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Amos Rex Amos Rex / PD

Amos Rex is an art museum named after the publisher and arts patron Amos Anderson and located in Lasipalatsi, on Mannerheimintie boulevard in Helsinki, Finland. It opened in 2018 and rapidly reached international popularity, attracting more than 10,000 visitors in a matter of weeks.

Wikipedia: Amos Rex (EN), Website

246 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 23: Kamppi Chapel

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The Kamppi Chapel is a chapel in the neighbourhood of Kamppi in Helsinki, Finland, located on the Narinkka Square. It is also known as the "Chapel of Silence" since it is intended to be a place to calm down and have a moment of silence in one of the busiest areas of the city.

Wikipedia: Kamppi Chapel (EN), Website

465 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 24: 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 25: 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)

424 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 26: Helsingin itsenäinen evankelisluterilainen seurakunta

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The Independent Evangelical Lutheran Parish of Helsinki is a parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Finland in Helsinki. Parish services are held at the Koinonia Centre of the Luther Foundation of Finland.

Wikipedia: Helsingin itsenäinen evankelisluterilainen seurakunta (FI), Website

404 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 27: Lastenlehto

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Children's Grove is a triangular park in Kamppi, Helsinki. It is bordered by Lapinlahdenkatu, Lapinrinne and Ruoholahdenkatu. The name of the park derives from the children's home of the Lady's Folk Association that was once located nearby.

Wikipedia: Lastenlehto (FI)

763 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 28: J. V. Snellman

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J. V. Snellman

Johan Vilhelm Snellman was an influential Fennoman philosopher and Finnish statesman, ennobled in 1866. He was one of the most important 'awakeners' or promoters of Finnish nationalism, alongside Elias Lönnrot and J. L. Runeberg.

Wikipedia: Johan Vilhelm Snellman (EN)

1057 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 29: The Hotel and Restaurant Museum

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The Hotel and Restaurant MuseumJean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France / CC BY 2.0

The Hotel and Restaurant Museum specializes in the history of Finnish hotels, restaurants, cafés, tourism and culinary culture. The museum is located in Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland. The museum was first opened in 1971 but has operated in its present premises since 1993. The museums collection includes about 20,000 artifacts and other objects from restaurants, bars, diners, spas and hotels. Museum's archives include about 38,000 photographs, menus and other documents. Museum also takes care of the Alko store museum's collection.

Wikipedia: Hotel and Restaurant Museum (EN), Website, Url


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