Must See Landmarks in Helsinki
We were able to get to Helsinki in 1 hour 40 minutes via a fast ferry ( Linda Line ) which operates throughout the day from Tallinn and vice versa. We felt immediately the distinction between the two capitals, from Tallinn's old town charm to the modern's Helsinki.
Fortunately on our most recent trip this early spring, the weather was far more cooperative than we thought before, blue sky even though it was still pretty cold for April, but still this capital of Finland is by far filled with excellent experiences.
We would recommend Helsinki as a great choice for a short stay before moving to other locations within Finland (and that will be for our next travel plan, hopefully soon) or to continue your trip to Baltic countries.
|HELSINKI CATHEDRAL - MUST SEE LANDMARKS IN HELSINKI|
The most famous landmarks of Helsinki are the two churches that located across the harbour from the small hills :
1. Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral is without a doubt the most famous church in Helsinki. This Lutheran cathedral located on the senate square. It is also known as St Nicholas' church, built as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland, Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. Free entrance if you would like to enter, however I would suggest you to enjoy this impressive building from the opposite location, you could admire the best of the church and its grand stairs from outside.
2. Uspenski Church
This large red church was the first church we saw once we arrived in ferry harbour, you wont missed this building as it sits on a hill overlooking the city. Obviously that Uspenski Church is the largest orthodox church in western Europe.
This is one of the symbol that remind us how close Russia from Finland and its influence has had on Finnish history too.
|Uspenski Church, from the Presidential Palace|
3. Temppeliaukio Church
This one is our favorite church in Helsinki, one of a kind really because it is literally built into a large rock, as well the interior walls created naturally by the rock.
The rock church was designed by architects Timo & Tuomo Suomalainen, opened its door in 1969.
Because of the excellent acoustic, this church is popular venue for concert.
This unique church is a must-see even if you only have several hours during your stay in Helsinki.
|The organ in Rock Church|
5. Central Market Square
The main harbor is considered to be the heart of the city, I love to hang around here especially during the day when the market square is open.
Market square is a great place to pick up fresh vegetables and fruits, also there is a food stalls selling a number of traditional Finnish dishes ranging from grilled salmon to reindeer meatballs, starting from € 10 Euro for a meal, it was a budget-friendly option for travelers.
|Life in a harbour|
6. The Sibelius Monument
This monument is worth a visit even though fair distance from the city but still achievable on foot. The Sibelius is dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This collection of organ was very nice to look at.
We came here around 5 PM and sit in the lovely park, many children with their parent spending their time together. From here you can easily get to the waterfront where there are some lovely cafes.
How To Get Around in Helsinki
# The public transport system in Helsinki is very well designed, you can use trams, metro and buses anywhere, the fare is pretty expensive at about €4.50 one-way. We used the Helsinki Card to make our way around, with this card all the public transportation is free of charge. However, most of the city sites are accessible by foot.
|Tram around the city|
# Ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki with Linda Line is €45 / person
Booking online is possible through this link .
|on Ferry leaving Helsinki to Tallinn|