The Capital of Finland offers lots to see, do and experience for visitors of all ages. Located between East and West, the northern capital of Helsinki is full of surprises just waiting to be discovered.
The Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique example of neoclassical architecture. The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel between 1822 and 1852: Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland. Helsinki Cathedral, today 165 years old, is arguably Finland’s most famous and photographed building.
One of the world’s largest maritime fortresses
Helsinki’s shoreline is made of around 100 kilometers of coast and over 300 islands of which many are accessible for recreational use. The city´s location by the sea offers an endless number of opportunities and experiences.
Suomenlinna is a maritime fortress that was built off the coast of Helsinki in 1748. Suomenlinna was shaped by three different historic eras, when it helped defend first Sweden, then Russia and ultimately Finland.
Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a notable example of European military architecture. It is among the most popular sights in Finland and a living district that is home to 850 city residents. With its museums and events, and its cozy cafes and restaurants, Suomenlinna offers a unique experience for visitors of all ages. Especially children can have a great time exploring the many tunnels of the old fortress.