The Esplanadi Park
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  • Rautatientori • 5 min walk
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 6 min walk
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Lahari S
1 contribution
Oct 2022
I love this place. Nice park with a lot of benches to sit on, beautiful flowers around it, and a photogenic waterfront. I have been there every season and it is always beautiful. And the most awesome thing is harbour is just around the corner.
Written 21 October 2022
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GS1501
Athens, Greece173 contributions
Jun 2022
It is one of the characteristic places one must visit to have a walk among the trees and maybe relax on one of the benches there.
Written 2 October 2022
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Kaye N
Provo, UT2,124 contributions
Jul 2022
This was a nice park adjacent to the waterfront area where there are food and souvenir vendors. The park has large grassy areas to relax and listen to local music. Beware of the birds though - if you buy ice cream cover it with your hand - we saw a bird swoop down on a lady and tear off the top of her ice cream!
Written 28 September 2022
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Hugh
South Ozone Park, NY1,210 contributions
Jul 2022
Take your time and stroll along this green strip that begins at the harbor. It is a beautiful park that will take you from one end of the city center to the other.
Written 9 September 2022
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sc0042
Cape Town, South Africa58 contributions
May 2022
The esplanade is one of the main attractions in Helsinki.
You cannot miss it. It is very near the harbour and we can walk up and down the esplanadi, or relax on the benches and watch the tourists and locals . You can also visit the many cafes, restaurants and shops along the way.
Written 25 August 2022
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK20,980 contributions
Aug 2022
This small park it could be argued is one of the natural focal points of the city. Designed by the architect Carl Ludwig Engel, the park was originally opened in 1818. In 1827, Engels Teater (the predecessor of the Swedish Theatre), the first theatre building in Helsinki, also designed by Engel, was erected in a corner of the park. Centered in the park is a stunning statue of Johan Ludvig Runeberg, the national poet of Finland, by his son Walter Runeberg. Other public art pieces include works by Viktor Jansson, and the gardens themselves are beautifully kept with a lovely arrangement of flowers on display in the summer.
The eastern end of the park houses the Kappeli restaurant, which opened in 1867. In front of the restaurant is an outdoor stage, which hosts numerous live music performances. Other prestigious restaurants on the edge of the park include Restaurant Olo on Pohjoisesplanadi and Savoy Restaurant on Eteläesplanadi which are very swish places to eat/drink and of course have outside areas directly onto the park.
Written 22 August 2022
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,570 contributions
Jul 2022
Leads right from "downtown" to the harbor with interesting architecture, shops and restaurants on both sides. Flowers and trees quite pretty and well maintained. We stopped for free Jazz concert at the harbor end of the park one afternoon. Thank you!
Written 7 August 2022
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Vilasinee
San Francisco, CA177 contributions
Jul 2022
I was in Helsinki for some of the hottest days this summer and this park offers such a great respite from the heat. Lots of greenery and fountains.
Written 1 August 2022
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,157 contributions
May 2022
If you are tired of museums and traffic, you can go there and enjoy the peace and silence. It’s located near the harbour market and easily reached by tram. In the park you can see the statue of Runeberg, famous Finnish poet, the author of the national anthem. We several times walked there or sat on a bench and looked at the beautiful flowers and trees.
Written 1 August 2022
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K B
Lafayette, CA363 contributions
Jul 2022
This was one of the most enjoyable places in Helsinki for me. It was very near our hotel so easy to take a stroll at any time. Although crowded, it was fun for people watching. Also nice and cool in the shade. Beautiful lawn and flowers. Interesting venders on weekend.
Written 12 July 2022
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