In August 2018 I decided to visit Helsinki, one of the capitals of the Nordic countries. It is one of the cities with the best quality of life, and the most important city in Finland.
It is a city where most visits are concentrated and can be visited on foot, but it has a tram network that allows you to travel the whole city without problems.
The best time to visit Helsinki is in the summer because in winter it is quite cold and there is usually snowfall and you can enjoy a different landscape.
These are the main places to visit in Helsinki:
Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral
The cathedral was designed by the Russian architect Alexey Gornostaev and was raised after his death between 1862 and 1868, inspired by motifs typical of sixteenth-century Muscovite art.
Built in red brick and on a hill, the building rises above the Finnish capital being the largest Orthodox church in all of Western Europe.
It has thirteen domes that represent Christ and the twelve Apostles.
The Bridge of Love is located near the Orthodox Cathedral.
It is a place where lovers can record their infatuation in the form of a padlock, with their names and date of visit to the city of Helsinki.
The Old Market of Helsinki has been open to the public since 1889. Here you can find gastronomic products such as cheeses, meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, sweets, spices, coffees and teas.
With its more than one hundred years old, it is known for offering an expert service to customers. It is located near the Market Square.
This square located on the shores of Helsinki Bay and a few meters from the main monuments of the Finnish capital is undoubtedly one of the busiest places.
The most important monuments of the square are the fountain of Havis Amanda, the Town Hall, the obelisk known as Keisarinnankivi, the Presidential Palace and many open-air stalls.
Helsinki City Hall
Helsinki City Hall is a neoclassical building built in 1833 as a hotel, served as a hospital during the First World War and since 1930 become municipal headquarters.
The main facade gives to the Esplanadii, which is the main artery of the historic center of the city.
The building is one of the hallmarks of the Helsinki landscape.
Located at the northern end of the Senate Square, it stands tall with its green dome surrounded by four smaller domes. It was built in neoclassical style between 1830 and 1852 by architect Carl Engel.
The entrance to the interior is free, but the decoration is quite sober.
Located in the heart of Helsinki, it is a key tourist spot for visitors and a place of rest for Finnish citizens.
Around it there are numerous restaurants and cafes, as well as an avenue full of luxury shops and mansions.
Helsinki Central Station is the main railway station in the country.
The station is used by some 200,000 passengers daily. It serves as the point of origin for all trains in the local network, as well as for a large number of long-distance trains in Finland and abroad.
The station building was designed by Eliel Saarinen and reopened in 1919, as the original building had been opened to the public in 1862.
Three Smiths Statue
It is a realistic style sculpture designed by Felix Nylund, representing three blacksmiths hammering on an anvil.
The statue was donated to the city of Helsinki by the Pro Helsingfors Foundation, which had acquired it with the help of a monetary donation from businessman Julius Tallberg.
The name of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma comes from the Greek Chiasma.
One of the things that stand out of the building as soon as you see it is its architecture.
Some international artists present in the permanent collection are Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Richard Serra.
Inaugurated in 1931 and designed by the Finnish architect J. S. Sirén, it is neoclassical in style.
It emphasizes the color of the granite, the high and wide staircase and its 14 tall columns in the Doric style.
The visit of the building is free.
National Museum of Finland
The National Museum of Finland exposes the history of Finland from prehistory to today.
It was designed by the trio of architects Gesellius-Lindgren-Saarinen, authors also of the Helsinki Railway Station.
It was built in 1910 and, in addition to the exhibition of Finnish historical objects, it offers temporary exhibitions.
The church stands out for its peculiar interior as it was dug directly into the rock.
This can be seen in the bare walls of the church: the rock has not been polished and the effect is quite spectacular.
Natural light enters the church through the 180 panes of its roof.
The price for visiting it is € 3.
Tours around Helsinki
Tour through downtown Helsinki: Central Station, Helsinki Cathedral, Senate Square, Bridge of Love, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, Market Square, Old Market, Havis Amanda and Helsinki City Hall.
Route Mannerheimintie Street: Helsinki City Hall, Esplanadi, Three Smiths, Central Station, Kiasma, Parliament, National Museum, National Opera, Olympic Stadium and Sibelius Monument.
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Stadium where the 1952 Olympic Games were held and the headquarters of the Finnish football team.
The Athletics World Championships of 1983 and 2005 were also disputed, and have a capacity for 40,000 spectators.
Built in the year 2000, it is the stadium where the HJK Helsinki plays its matches.
With capacity for 10,000 spectators, it has hosted matches of the 2009 European Women's Championship.