Katajanokka
Katajanokka
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Hara p
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Business
Excellent location, a good 10 min walk to the port.
The hotel itself is perfect and very nicely renovated as it used to be a former prison.
Rooms on the ground floor as well. Clean bathroom, comfortable bed, excellent breakfast. I will definately visit again!
Written 5 January 2020
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL15,437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
From the Market Square area, you can easily see the large Ferris Wheel. That cape or small peninsula area is known as “Katajanokka.” If it is a nice day, you are rewarded with several interesting sights.

Do not miss noticing the famous Presidentinlinna building—painted in bright yellow--is where President Trump and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin meet in 2018. Presidentinlinna is diagonally across the street from Market Square.

Walking right of Uspenski Cathedral is a two storied platform which overlooks a large pool. The views take in the entire harbor area.

The Uspenski Cathedral—i.e. the red church—dominates the area. Even if it is closed, there is a beautiful high rock area with rewarding views. On a nice day, people gather to capture the sunset.

If you go to the left of Uspenski Cathedral along the northside harbor area you are rewarded in seeing a fleet of “Ice Breakers.” This fleet is docked here for the summer. There are several displays by the fleet which fully explains the history and what they do. Finland is the largest producer of “Ice Breakers.”

Along the way is a small bridge filled with “lover-locks” and a restaurant with a large anchor and a very large propeller in front of it. Don’t miss the “Mine Monument,” dedicated to all the people who lost their lives due to mines in the Baltic Sea during WW II.

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Written 14 August 2019
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Ella A
Helsinki, Finland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012
To walk around this little peninsula or almost an island, houses are gorgeous, so much jugend architecture that i don't think there is anywhere else a small suburb like this. Also popped into the Old Customs Warehouse at Katajanokanlaituri 5, where Finnish Design Shop has made their "nest" with beautiful examples of Nordic design from across decades and lovely café, my Helsinki experience was just raised in new level: Excellent!
Written 6 July 2012
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Carolyn Spencer Brown
Chestertown, MD490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Early on in his career, my husband worked in Katajanokka, and has good memories of the neighborhood. We've wandered through from time to time, as we did last night, and it's just the most beautiful residential neighborhood in Helsinki. It's a nice place to see upper-crust life here (one of Finland's former presidents still lives in a flat here). The location is fantastic, bounded by harbors on both sides and literally ten minutes stroll from the Esplanade. It's not the most happening place -- which is why it's such a lovely place to take a respite from the frenetic city -- and there are few restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, etc. Lovely. When we make our next million maybe we'll buy a flat here!
Written 1 January 2015
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Ritva M
Helsinki, Finland107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Katajanokka is a rather limited peninsula just next to the center of the city in 5- 10 minutes walking distance from the open market place, presidential palace, town hall etc. The architecture is a bit mixed but in the front part dominated by the Art Nouveau houses from 1890-1920. Walking around do not forget to look up: there are all kinds of ornaments on the walls. Many of the houses are designed by famous Finnish architects of the national romantic period. The big brown orthodox cathedral dominates the "entrance" to Katajanokka. If you walk around the peninsula along the seaside you can see the quest harbor for private boats, the home port for the Finnish ice breakers and one of the terminals for Helsinki- Stockholm ferries. There are quite many small shops and restaurants, small parks - one of them dedicated to the "Mom of the Muumins" Tove Jansson. Absolutely worth to wander around.
Written 29 December 2019
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USABRAZIL
Miami, FL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had no idea we were going to stay in a former prison. It is a very comfortable and cozy hotel with nice rooms and a decent restaurant for breakfast. Our only concern was the height of the bathtub to the floor. It had to be at least one foot. A very walkable location for decent restaurant and shops. It was nice not to stay downtown by the train as the shops, etc. we’re more eclectic and personal with a neighborhood feel. We would recommend with little hesitation.
Written 20 October 2019
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derekfr
Paris, France235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is a nice area for an interesting walk and an insight into (upper middle-class) Helsinki life. The Art Nouveau/Jugenstil buildings are interesting and varied. Towards the far end of the peninsula you can visit the Finnish ice-breaking fleet - impressive!
At the city end there is a park dedicated to the great Finnish writer Tove Jansson, although it's nothing special! All in all, a pleasant walk combining interesting architecture and views of the harbour.
Written 7 October 2019
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898frank
Virginia400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Katajanokka is a nice area for a walk, especially in summer. It is often windy because it is next to the sea. The typical Finnish art nouveau style houses are interesting, as well as the area with the large ships. It is a quiet area, since not many tourists visit this residential area. In total it will take less then an hour to go around the island
Written 17 August 2019
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TrinityFrance
France86 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
The old neighborhood of Katajanakka populated by poor and not recommanded people is a nice place today. Walk through the streets, lift up your eyes and see the buildings. Don't forget, in this island, Ouspenski cathedral and the old jail.
Written 11 December 2018
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suey48
Bognor Regis, UK72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Such an interesting building and history. We very much enjoyed our stay. The room was well equipped, the beds comfortable and the breakfast was of a high standard. We encountered only one problem and that was the bathroom flooded when one took a shower. This was due, apparently, to the narrowness of the pipes and the age of the building. It did not spoil our stay. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Dinner was excellent.
We had quite a late departure, so it was great to have a very pleasant place to wait.
Although, not in the centre, the no 4 tram stop is outside the hotel and they run frequently.
I would recommend this hotel.
Written 13 March 2018
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