Historic Sites in Helsinki

Historic Sites in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Historic Sites

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  • GRanger88
    Arlington, VA114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This looked like a very interesting fortress and island. Unfortunately, we were there during the coldest weather in several decades, so we didn't explore as much as we would have liked. Lot's of interesting history, museums and old structures. There are also several cafes and restaurants so you can plan on spending some time and having a place to eat.
    Written 16 January 2024
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  • stjean11
    Dorset, UK766 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This island is simply beautiful. The buildings are wonderful. So quiet and peaceful.
    Lots of red squirrels running around.
    Could have spent hours here but on a guided tour. We would love to go back and spend more time exploring the island.
    Written 26 September 2023
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  • Hugh
    South Ozone Park, NY1,318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You’ll get a good introduction to 20 th century Finnish history in the house of its first president. His life spans the time of czarist Russia up through WW I & Ii. The museum is his home right in the middle of the posh embassy neighborhood. Have a delightful stroll after through the neighborhood and to the park down ro the sea
    Written 9 July 2023
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  • Chris_Orleans
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For those keen of architecture and design it s a must do priority in Helsinki
    Wonderful exquise house and interiors showing private life of Alvar Aalto and wife, work place and garden . The very beginning of minimalist Scandinavian design in the late 1920s 1930s . Love it except entrance fees exrrem6 expensive
    Written 13 September 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    This Jugend villa is located in a park by the sea in the Meilahti district. It was built in 1904. From 1940, it was one of the three official residences of the President of Finland.

    The most important resident was President Urho Kekkonen who lived there 30 years 1956-1986 until his death. Since 1987, the villa has been the Urho Kekkonen Museum.

    Tamminiemi is furnished the way it was in Kekkonen's time in the 1970s. In a separate building is the famous sauna which was used to entertain Kekkonen's domestic and foreign guests.
    Written 15 September 2020
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    The house of merchant Johan Sederholm is located at the corner of the Senate Square. This stone house was completed in 1757. It was in its time the most impressive private home in Helsinki.

    Today it is home to a Helsinki City Museum exhibition. The entry is free.
    Written 19 May 2020
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  • Pirjo R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    After a short boatride tasty pizza was wating us (we had ordered it at the same time as tickets to the boat) on the small island Katajanokanluoto. Although the weather was cold, athmosphere was warm and the trip made our day.
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • Linda B
    Raleigh, NC2,211 contributions
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    Once I read about the exterior of this old building, I had to find it! It is covered with carved beasts of all sorts and gargoyles which are taken from legend and folklore of Finland. I suppose it was the insurance company's reminder that beasts are out there and let us insure you!
    Written 8 August 2019
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The small yellow cottage has stood on the same place from 1818 and was even inhabited untill 1974 when other wooden houses were still scattered around central Helsinki. Opened as a free museum again recently it shows a glimpse of the petty bourgeoisie family life in the 19th century. There is a guide on location, a brochure in English has detailed information about the furniture and decoration items which come from the Helsinki city museum collection. The house is located in a peaceful angle of Kruununhaka and open from Wednesday to Sunday 11-17.
    Written 14 June 2019
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This idyllic wooden district was built for the working classes during the 1910s and 1920s. It has been many times condemned to demolition but over the years, it has become a coveted residential area.

    Small plots along narrow streets follow the terrain. The streets are lined with wooden houses with mansard roofs and lush courtyard gardens.

    The area is a pleasant place to have a stroll, especially during summertime.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
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    The great Art Nouveau palace by Gustav Nyström from 1900 has remained quite unaltered also indoors though different small businesses rent the space temporarily. Protected by law as a National Monument the half vacant red brick beauty has a better future ahead. Stora Enso paper mill company situated in the iconic Alvar Aalto "Sugarcube" nearby will build new imposing head quarters in wood at the waterfront and the general plan with public areas includes the prestigious old Customs House too.
    Written 31 January 2021
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
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    The Engel square named in honor of architect C.L. Engel, creator of the city's Empire center is a peaceful place with an English athmosphere of white benches and square shaped trees. The buildings in mainly Art Nouveau style of a hundred years ago are situated widely apart on their on own lots better suited for the upper class. Tehtaankatu which borders Eira used to lead to large factories like Fazer and the busy Helsinki Dock Yards, their workforce lived also near in Punavuori in tighter and poorer conditions.
    Written 7 August 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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    Kesäranta was built in 1873 as a summer villa for an architect. It has a seaside location in the Meilahti area.

    Initially, it was a two-story wooden villa, but in 1887, there was a 20-meter tower and a bayside veranda added to the building.

    Since 1919, Kesäranta has served as the Prime Minister's official residence.

    The area around the villa is well fenced. Also, there is a zone of prohibited airspace over the area.
    Written 31 May 2020
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  • Annina L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a wonderful place Lapinlahti is with a fascinating history of 180 years. I have visited several times there, attending different kinds events and just chillin in the lush park. I recommend warmly going for a visit, testing the different cafés, attending the events and just exploring. Interesting historical tours as well!
    Written 1 February 2023
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  • Lena Ja Vlad A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soon meeting will be there! I’m pretty sure after few days all roads will be closed for regular visitors.
    Written 1 July 2018
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