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City Break in Helsinki The Daughter of the Baltic Sea

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One of the northern pearls is the capital of Finland Helsinki. While visiting Tallinn it is very convenient to have an extension to Helsinki. Easiest way to go to Helsinki would be the hydrofoil or so called speedboat. By some boats the arrival will be in the heart of town where there is no need for additional transfer. Duration of the journey is 90 min. In the winter when the sea is frozen and the speedboats don’t operate the boat trip takes ca 4 hours. There is plenty of entertainment available on the boats so you won’t even notice when you are already on the other side of the gulf.

We offer 3 hour general city tour or 5 hour guided tour that includes a visit to Suomenlinna castle.

The Helsinki city tour consists of the main sights of the capital  - The "Daughter of the Baltic Sea". The tour takes you to the open Market place and on the neoclassic Senate Square with the elegant Lutheran Cathedral from year 1852. The tour goes along the Esplanade shopping streets to the park area where most of the embassies are situated, then to the ship yards. Ship construction is one of the Finnish main industries. Many cruise ships and ice breakers have been built at this ship yard. The tour continues on the main street called Mannerheimintie, where are located the Parliament House, the National Museum, the Opera house and the Finlandia Hall designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Next important and famous sights to be seen are the Olympic Stadium, the scene of the Olympic Games in 1952, visit the unique Temppeliaukio Church blasted into solid rock, the Sibelius Park where you can see and photograph the monument of 527 steel pipes, which honors the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Suomenlinna
Tour to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. This tour takes you first to the Market Square, from where you will have a short trip by a ferry-boat to the island. Suomenlinna is a unique historical site. The 250-year old sea fortress, built on the islands off Helsinki, is the most significant monument in Finland. Her museums, parks, architecture, galleries, restaurants and cafes offer unforgettable experiences.

The history of Suomenlinna is closely knit with the history of Finland and entire Baltic Sea. The growth and development of Helsinki is also connected to Suomenlinna. The constructions on the fortress began in 1748, when Finland was still part of the Swedish empire. The fortress was named Sveaborg, Viapori in Finnish. In 1808 Russia attacked Finland, and the supposedly unconquerable fortress surrended. The following year Finland became a part of the Russian empire. The Russians continued building the fortress for over a hundred years.

The name Suomenlinna was taken into use in 1918, the year after Finland gained independence. Today the fortress is a historical part of the city, in which around 900 people live. Suomenlinna is active throughout the year, and is only a fifteen minutes ferry trip away from the centre of Helsinki.

Suomenlinna is on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites which consist of the most remarkable buildings, cultural treasures, natural formations, animal- and plant life in the world.

Helsinki was selected World Design Capital for 2012

Helsinki’s World Design Capital year 2012 will comprise a wide range of events and projects related to design and its manifestations. In 2012 Helsinki will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of becoming the capital of Finland, when the country was a grand duchy of the Russian Empire.

Design is a factor deep-rooted in the urban lifestyle of Helsinki. Design is manifest in the everyday lives of Helsinki citizens in many ways, ranging from home furniture and items that represent old Finnish design traditions to modern urban solutions in the city and contemporary interior design.

The creative sector is re-shaping Helsinki’s economy and enhancing the citizens’ quality of life. Design seen from a broad perspective – in city planning, architecture, industrial design and service design – plays an integral role in the development of Helsinki, city services and consumer products.

Further information: www.wdc2012helsinki.fi


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