Katajanokka

Katajanokka, Helsinki: Address, Katajanokka Reviews: 4.5/5

Katajanokka
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Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland20,738 contributions
Idyllic seaside neighborhood
Dec 2020
Katajanokka is actually an island. The Katajanokka channel separates it from the mainland, to which it is connected by four bridges.

The area by the bridges is known as Kanavaranta. Here you can find many charming restaurants.

Walking the streets, you can see beautiful Art Nouveau buildings constructed in the early 20th century.

Other important buildings are the Merikasarmi complex from 1825 (architect Carl Ludvig Engel) and the Finnish headquarters of Stora Enso from 1962 (architect Alvar Aalto).

However, the most popular sight is Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe.

The Finnish icebreakers with their mythical, powerful names such as Kontio (Bear), Otso (Bear), Voima (Strength), Urho (Braveness), and Sisu (Grit) are moored side by side here.

There is also a busy passenger harbor with Viking Line ferries to Tallinn and Stockholm.

From SkyWheel you can have a panoramic bird's eye view of the capital. Next to SkyWheel, you can swim in the year-round outdoor swimming pools.

There are three hotels in Katajanokka. The biggest one is Scandic Grand Marina in a former warehouse from the early 1900s. The most interesting hotel is an old prison dating back to 1837. The newest hotel is Noli Studios located in the former head office of Kesko.
Written 15 December 2020
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arzka
Helsinki, Finland76 contributions
Nice quiet area with jugend style buildings, good eats etc.
Apr 2020
A quiet (mostly) residential area with a few nice restaurants, some bars and the Viking Line terminal (if you're going somewhere). If you like architecture you can walk around for a while or just enjoy the waterfront area - or have a drink or lunch in any of the restaurants in the area. Uspenski cathedral is also here.
Written 12 July 2020
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland4,845 contributions
Pearls of architecture
Mar 2020
Some of the best examples of our Art Nouveau architecture built a hundred years ago when the area was released from military and shipping use are situated on the small island of Katajanokka. The yellow Empire buildings by the icebreakers designed a century earlier as part of Helsinki City Central Plan by C.L.Engels for the Russian Czars army were restored for the Foreign Office. The white cube, Stora Enso paper mill headquarters, controversial in 1962 when Alvar Aalto designed it is now an admired jewel among his works visible from all around the Market Square.
Written 31 March 2020
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Hara p
20 contributions
Perfect hotel very near to the city centre
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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Judi M
Trafalgar, Australia376 contributions
Helsinki, Katajanokka
Jun 2019
A wonderful area of Helsinki to walk around. From the cathedral to the ferry terminal and everything in between.
Written 2 January 2020
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Ritva M
Helsinki, Finland122 contributions
An Art Nouveau treasure
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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Heather C
Wokingham, UK196 contributions
Interesting church
Nov 2019
Very different to cathedral - interesting to see the differences in styles
However 2 euros for a candle! Really!
Written 24 November 2019
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TbT
Cedar Rapids, IA329 contributions
Beautiful Area
Jun 2019
A beautiful area filled with restored/converted harbor warehouse buildings. My hotel, the Scandic Grand Marina, was one of these.
Written 23 November 2019
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,203 contributions
Great area to visit
Jul 2019
See many art nouveau buildings, the gold-domed, red-brick Uspenski Cathedral and there are several upscale seafood restaurants. The Allas Sea Pool is a busy outdoor swimming and sauna complex.
Written 13 November 2019
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USABRAZIL
Miami, FL20 contributions
Fun Hotel
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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