THE FINNISH MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The Cable Factory - Kaapelitehdas
Address: Tallberginkatu 1 C 85, 00180 Helsinki
Selected Helsinki "Goodies" going on now. Courtesy of Helsnki City Museum.
The new & popular HELSINKI MUSIC CENTER
Address: Helsingin Musiikkitalo Oy
Mannerheimintie 13a, 00100 Helsinki
Central location, easy to get to, close to all transportation. Neighboring landmarks: Across the street from the Parliament & nest to the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.
Check out the annual HELSINKI FESTIVAL
More information about HELSINKI
-Classical, jazz, rock, etc. Locations,
equipment, stores, dates, you name it.
Address: Meritullinkatu 33 00170 Helsinki
Phone: -(358)- 09-440 224
PLENTY of information & links for
POPULAR MUSIC VENUES: clubs & bars
GOOD LIST of current cultural events.
Choose one genre or all, and the current events will show up below. You can also choose to have them shown on a map. Pretty cool.
See also: "WHAT'S ON" - current events.
HVITTRÄSK a.k.a. Eliel
Address: Hvitträskintie 166
FI-02440 Luoma, Finland
Phone: -(358)- 9 4050 9630
Built 1901-1903 by artists
Eliel Saarinen, Herman Gesellius
and Armas Lindgren. The National Romantic styled main
building, was a studio / home for Eliel Saarinen &
Armas Lindgren. Herman Gesellius lived in the courtyard building.
Saarinen's residence now serves as the museum. Wonderful!
Hvitträsk on fb
Address: Hvitträskintie 166, 02440 Luoma
Phone: -(358)- (0)9 297 6033
National Museum's list of its Museums, Manors and Castles. Plus online shop, etc.
Searchable MUSEUM COLLECTIONS in one website.
The City of Helsinki Cultural Office, venues.
MunStadi / MyCity - website run by the City of Helsinki Youth Department, which offers information on recreational venues, hobbies and events as well as advice for young people living in Helsinki.
Some Finnish museums on an interactive, enlargeable map. You can zoom in or out, and move the map. Click on the marks to get each museum's website. Same as a list, organized by location. COurtesy of the "Museum card".
SUOMENLINNA FORTRESS ISLAND
Historic sea fortress island (group), on the World Heritage List.
See also: My Best Helsinki Photos 5:
Suomenlinna Fortress Island photos.
Uunisaari is an easy, circa 3 minute long taxi boat ride from the popular Merisatama shore. There is a beach, nice walking paths, rolling, smooth rocks, and on the other side, the open sea. Get a blanket, some picnic food and your bathing suit. Your hotel or the travel information will give you directions.
Zoomable, movable coastal & archipelago map with lots of information. You can "see" all the way to Estonia.
Another COASTAL / ISLAND GUIDE, with images and info & taxi boat info in PDF form. Takes a while to download. Unfortunately in Finnish only, but the charts show timetables for various boats / various islands. At the end there is a map of the islands surrounding Helsinki.
Nice image and info brochure about Helsinki about Helsinki. Made me miss it so much! Wonderful! Take your time and "leaf" trough it.
And this right here is what I miss so, so much about Finland! Sniff...
Some Helsinki archipelago PUBLIC WATER TRANSPORT - info
LIUSKASAARI scroll down for info about Liuskasaari
| Liuskasaari guest harbor | Liuskasaari on fb |Liuskasaari sailing club
From Uunisaari you can walk to Liuskasaari - or take a boat, also from Merisatama. The amazing thing is that all this stunningly beautiful nature & sea scape is virtually in the center of Helsinki. We used to go to these islands all the time, and still go when we visit in the summer.
Click photo for larger view:
Meditation on Liuskasaari island.
Forgot your picnic basket?
Try restaurant BOATHOUSE
Web site in Finnish
only. But by clicking on the links you see different photos from the island. Wonderful! Picnic, swimming, sun bathing, camping, etc. Kids love it, and so do the adults. There is a and a great terrace patio.
The main beach with its colorful changing booths
is a really nice place to swim. There is also a
sauna that can be privately rented.
Pihlajasaari consists of two separate islands
connected with a bridge. The islands can be
reached by boat only. A privately-operated
commuter boat from Kaivopuisto gets you
there. Check out:
THE BOAT TO PIHLAJASAARI
Pihlajasaari picture gallery
(the background image of this page
is from Pihlajasaari)
Pihlaja = Rowan in English.
See picture of the Finnish Rowan tree.
Helsinki, Seurasaari Island.
A collection of historic buildings (18th to 20th century) from different parts of Finland, demonstrate life in the Finnish rural areas.
Unlike most other Helsinki islands, you do not need to take a boat to get here. There is an old quaint bridge, almost next to the bus stop.
Beautiful island, beautiful walk.
SAARI = ISLAND in Finnish.
SÄRKÄNLINNA event space.
Address: Särkänsaari, 00130 Helsinki
Phone: (358)- (0)9 1345 6756
Click photo for place names & larger view:
Taxi boat arriving at Särkkä Island pier.
CAFE CHAPMAN -on Suomenlinna Fortress Island - our review
WALHALLA -on Suomenlinna Fortress Island
Address: Suomenlinna A10, 00190 Helsinki
Phone / Fax: (358)- (0)9 - 668 552
Email: walhalla at kolumbus.fi second link
Address: Uunisaari, 00150 Helsinki
Phone: (358)- (0)9 636 870
RESTAURANT SAARI -on Sirpalesaari Island
Address: Sirpalesaari, 00150 Helsinki
Phone: (358)- (0)9 7425 5566
RESTAURANT PIHLAJASAARI -on Pihlajasaari Island. Address: Pihlajasaari, FI-00150 Helsinki
Phone: (358)- (0)45-129 2000
(358)- (0)40-546 5350
The footbridge to the lovely Seurasaari Outdoor Museum island, a great place to visit and spend a leisurely day or afternoon.
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The "Tori Quarters" - Tori Korttelit
("Tori" = Market square) are the historical center of Helsinki: The old town meets the new buzz of the city. Located close to the sea and the South and North Harbors, btwn the Market & Senate Squares, the Tori Quarters blend old and new. Popular area with bith locals and travelers.
Töölö BAY - TÖÖLÖNLAHTI - On the map
- Second link to Töölö Bay
- Wikipedia info & photos | More photos
Nice images of Töölö bay on Google images
Google images of the Finlandia House concert Hall on Töölö Bay
Walking / biking routes in Helsinki. You can measure your distance by clicking once for starting point, drawing your route and double click for the end point.Some running events.
Pretty detailed walking / cycling map - possible routes in Helsinki and surrounding areas.
Sea Life Helsinki
Voted one of the most popular places to visit.
Linnanmäki Amusement Park
Still very amusing.
Terrific place to visit any time of the year. Getting there is already fun: since it is located on an island (Korkeasaari means, after all, High Island), you get there by a small ferry and get to enjoy the beautiful sea views of central Helsinki. The ferry leaves from
Another way to get to the Zoo, is via Kulosaari,
a suburb that is located close to the
center of Helsinki. From Kulosaari you can "island hop", i.e. walk (or drive) over a bridge to
(Blueberry land) island, which is a popular picnic &
recreation destination for locals; and again, walk over another bridge, to Korkeasaari Zoo. It is quite a schlep, but if you love walking, and like to see areas outside the center, why not.
Helsinki saunas | SAUNA INFO
Public Swimming indoor pools.
Outdoor pools & public beaches in Helsinki
OLYMPIC STADIUM -OLYMPIASTADION
KAAPELITEHDAS art & culture center
Historic cable factory (designed by architect
Wäinö G. Palmquist & built 1939-1944)
turned culture factory.
Unfortunately their English web site is not. But you
can call them and ask which activities, courses
(including for children) or events & exhibitions are
going on, or starting in the near future.
Mailing address: Tallberginkatu 1 C 15,
The administration office of Cable Factory is
located on the 2nd floor. Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.
Information: (358) - (0)9 -4763 8300 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm), fax (358) - (0)9-4763 8383
There is also a popular cafe & restaurant, "Hima & Sali"
Tallberginkatu 1 C 15, Helsinki 00180, Finland
Tel: (358) - (0)9 4763 8305
HEUREKA SCIENCE CENTER
Fun & interesting & entertaining
for adults and children alike.
ARKKI -ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL for CHILDREN & YOUTH.
Offers clubs & classes in a variety of artistic activities, includes among others, a HUT BUILDING DAY CAMP. Located in the Kaapelitehdas building.
Address: Tallberginkatu 1 C 106, 5th Floor
00180 Helsinki, Tel: (358)- (0)9 685 642
Arkki on fb
List of MARKETS and MARKET HALLS.
MARKET SQUARE by the SOUTH HARBOR
MARKET SQUARE = KAUPPATORI in Finnish.
The busy Market Square by the South Harbor. You can buy fruit, berries, vegetables, fish, bread, flowers, clothes, artifacts, etc. There are several food stands, offering surprisingly tasty food, and also very popular outdoor cafes.
statue & fountain
at the Helsinki South
Harbor Market Square.
SENAATINTORI - The Senate Square
VANHA KAUPPAHALLI - THE OLD MARKET HALL
HAKANIEMEN KAUPPAHALLI - HAKANIEMI MARKET HALL
HAKANIEMEN TORI - HAKANIEMI MARKET SQUARE
HIETALAHDEN KAUPPAHALLI - HIETALAHTI ANTIQUE & ART HALL
HIETALAHDEN TORI - HIETALAHTI MARKET SQUARE
...and yes: SUOMENLINNA, which is not just a historic sea fortress island (group), but also a neighborhood where people live. Visitor center
Images & views from Suomenlinna, see: Suomenlinna is quite a popular picnic / walking destination among Helsinki natives.
One of our favorite walking routes in Helsinki starts from the area of the Esplanade Park, via the South Harbor Market Square.
It mostly follows the shoreline, past Kaivopuisto to Ullanlinna and to Eira and beyond.
Sometimes we walk all the way past Hietalahti Market and back to the center along Bulevardi (the Boulevard) and bringing us back to Mannerheimintie (Mannerheim Street) and the Esplanade Park.
HERE, a great HELSINKI
MAP, so that you can see
where you are.
Very easy to use. Have fun.
Also, a link to our Photo Page 2, where most of the photos are taken while walking along this route. Remember to click on the photos, most of which open to a very large view, some with text.
Guide to DIFFERENT TOURS in HELSINKI
Route map with stops. You can zoom in our out.
The red brick Market Hall on the right is a delightful place to shop for food, snacks, goodies, to grab a small bite or a cup of coffee or tea, or to just browse. You could even shop for picnic food here, before heading out for one of the pretty islands.
SPÅRAKOFF -tram. The
pub on "wheels", or the "bar on the move". It offers a
sightseeing tour of the city that takes a little less than an
hour, during which the passengers can enjoy refreshments.
"Spåra" is a Finnish slang word for tram. It is derived from the Swedish word "spårvagn" (transliteration = rail wagon) The Finnish word is "raitiovaunu".
VISITOR INFO -
How to use local transportation
Helsinki.fi page with a wide variety of information, to tourists and residents alike.
Helsinki University News - page, articles in Finnish, sorry.
SHOPPING ALONG THE ESPLANADE:
You could walk the length of Pohjoisesplanadi (the North Esplanade, which is a great shopping street, and not very long:
Start from Mannerheimintie and stroll at your leisure, out the different design shops, and enjoy a nice bite, at some of the splendid cafes or little restaurants on your way.
When you arrive at the South Harbor Market Square you have reached the end of the Esplanade. The Market Square also is a nice place to check out -and to do some shopping. You can stroll back along the other side of the Esplanade Park (South Esplanade -Eteläesplanadi).
Btw. While walking along the North Esplanade, you will pass the historic Kämp hotel (the composer Jean Sibelius & his cultural crowd used to hang out at Kämp bar). Kämp has been on Conde Nast Travelers
Top World hotels -list for years now.
BUT IF YOU PREFER TO SHOP AT A DEPARTMENT STORE, GO TO: Stockmann (the Bloomingdales of Helsinki).
And IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GO CRAZY, CHECK OUT KAMPPI SHOPPING CENTER
FOR TABLEWARE & KITCHEN STUFF:
ARABIA Beautiful Finnish Tableware
Arabia's MOOMIN TROLL tableware collection(We have a lot of them :-)
IITTALA - Store in Helsinki
Iittala Factory Outlets
Arabiakeskus (= Arabia center, i.e. the factory)
Hämeentie 135, 00560 Helsinki
tel +358 (0)204 39 3507
fax +358 (0)204 39 3511
Hover over the dots on the map, and it will display the name of a store / business. If you click on a dot, information with the exact street address, telephone number and URL for the business will show in a dialog box. Nice.
It also has a "photo" option, showing you photos of different targets, like architectural sites. Hover over the text tag on the upper right corner of the map, and the tag will open up to give you more options, like displaying photos on the map. Click on the image and it will enlarge.
FOR TRENDIER SHOPPING:
The shopping map above does not list every new shop or boutique. For trendier shopping / brands & occasional unique finds, we recommend walking along Uudenmaankatu, Fredrikinkatu & Eerikinkatu.
(katu = street)
Periodically, these shops have great sales.
Check out these examples:
ASUNA Fredrikinkatu 24,
00120 Helsinki, Tel (09) 611 543
GAUDETE (Fredrikinkatu 35,
00120 Helsinki, Tel (09) 608 635
SAMUJI - two locations:
SAMUJI ESPA - Pohjoisesplanadi 37, 00100 Helsinki
Tel +358 40 140 3280, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMUJI EROTTAJA Erottajankatu 9, 00130 Helsinki
Tel +358 40 350 7976, Email: email@example.com
Samuji on fb
Also check out, in different location:
BEAMHILL Yliopistonkatu 5, 00100
Helsinki, Tel +358 (0)9 622 2653
DESIGN DISTRICT HELSINKI
Represents a wide array of Finnish quality design, consisting of fashion stores, museums, art galleries, design and antique shops, showrooms and even restaurants and hotels in a relatively small area in the center of Helsinki.
Design District promises "interesting names, classics, trend-setters and so much more ..."
MORE SHOPPING RESOURCES
Helsinki's "Church in the Rock", in Finnish: Temppeliaukion Kirkko. A.k.a. Rock Church.
If you encounter a link that does not work that we have not noticed yet, we will be happy
to fix it as soon as we
Link to lighthouse / church. The church steeple houses a beacon for air and sea traffic. The beacon emits four consecutive blinks which in Morse code stands for the letter H, for Helsinki. Wikipedia link with more info.
A LINK to Finnish Lighthouse Society, unfortunately mostly in Finnish. Here a page with links to (on the left) to different lighthouses. Click on their names for photos of each individual lighthouse.
USPENSKI ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL (in Finnish only)
a.k.a ”the Rock Church” wikipedia link see image, above.
OLD CHURCH - VANHA KIRKKO
See photos of the pretty old church on My Best Helsinki photos 4 -page
Uspenski Cathedral, designed by A.
M. Gornostajev, built in 1868. It is the largest Eastern Orthodox church in
Europe. Click photo to enlarge.
The Finnair bus from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to the center of Helsinki (to the railway station, which is the last stop) takes about 35-40 minutes each the safe side, reserve 1 hour each way, since especially if the trip is to be made during a rush hour.
The Helsinki-Vantaa airport check in is usually very efficient, so we have never had to endure any super long waits in a check-in line. (Nothing close to the abysmal waits here in NYC).
General about Finnish Cuisine and Helsinki Restaurants:
For years, Finland has been one of our top destinations partly because of its excellent and constantly evolving culinary scene, that encompasses not just the Scandinavian way of cooking, but also integrates international flavors and styles.
Every time we travel back to Helsinki, there is something new and exciting going on in the restaurant scene. The culinary know-how and the skill level of many of these chefs is truly impressive and often delights even the most demanding and spoiled patrons.
We live in New York and are spoiled rotten by the abundance of high culinary skills, both in "fancy" and casual restaurants here, but we still find dining in Helsinki restaurants quite enjoyable. And just like everywhere else, of course there are also bad restaurants in Helsinki. But to hear someone bash the culinary skills of all Finnish chefs, based on one or two bad experiences (or based on ignorance), is just plainly silly.
wine pricing in Helsinki Restaurants:
Be aware that Finnish restaurants generally appear to mark-up their wines to a higher degree than comparable American restaurants.
Also good to know: A smoking ban in Finnish restaurants took effect June 1st, 2007.
INFORMATION ABOUT: emergency numbers, some hospitals, pharmacy, lost & found, post, taxi info, currency exchange, some banks, public restrooms, etc.
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LOOKING AT SUOMENLINNA FORTRESS ISLAND SHORELINE & ITS OLD LIGHTHOUSE. INCDREDIBLE BLUE LIGHT OF A NORDIC MIDSUMMER NIGHT.
VIEW FROM SÄRKKÄ ISLAND (= PART OF SUOMENLINNA ISLANDS) AFTER DELICIOUS DINNER AT SÄRKÄNLINNA RESTAURANT.