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Photo Tour Around Helsinki

Uritsk Andrey • 6 minutes read • April 29th, 2016


is a small city. Its population is a little more than half a million of people, and the central part of the city can be easily explored in a few hours.

After studying the guide book, I found an interesting walking route around 


 starting from the railway station. My friends supported the idea, so we got off the train, exchanged some money into Swedish kronor in advance, and left our suitcases in the baggage room. We went up north, towards the city center.

Here is the 

Helsinki Central railway station


And the railway station square.

Our route laid to the north, along the railroad on the isthmus between two interconnected picturesque bays, Toolonlahti and Elaintarhanlahti (in the picture)...

...towards the Olympic Stadium.

I've noticed long ago that many enthusiasts have a "multi-faceted" profile, and when they have the opportunity, they shoot everything, not only the ships...

In general, while walking around the station and along the railway, we shot so many Finnish trains, locomotives, and long-distance trains that the report about them could surely adorn some Railway Forum. But, perhaps, another time...

We passed the railway across the bridge, and through the parkland went to the stadium... And here it is - the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, where the Olympic flame appeared in 1952.

There is an observation deck on the 236-feet tower of the stadium which is opened in between competitions. It offers a stunning view:

In general, perhaps, there is some logic in getting acquainted with a new city from the observation deck. After admiring the panorama, there is an inevitable desire to fling yourself into the atmosphere of the city, get around everything interesting and not to miss anything. We decided to follow this way and went to the western part of central Helsinki, to Sibelius Park...

Sibelius is the most famous Finnish composer, one of the most famous people of the country. The monument was opened in the beautiful park near the sea in 1967, 10 years after the composer's death. Sibelius Monument is one of the most impressive memorials one can see:

Olympic Stadium and Sibelius Park were the outermost parts of the walk. From the memorial, we headed south towards the historic center. Our next place on the planned route was Temppeliaukio or the church in the rock.

Temppeliaukio Church was built in 1969, and it essentially is a wide dome over the cavate rock. You can see the rocky ledges of the bedrock everywhere. The church was closed, but we visited it on the second day of our stay in Helsinki, before leaving:

We continue our way to the city center...

Here's one of the busy streets:

Here is the eternal moose (it is considered to be the symbol of Sweden and Finland) at the Biological Institute:

Here is the Parliament House:

and the statue of Mannerheim nearby:

This picture can be found everywhere in Helsinki, and, looking ahead, in Stockholm...

In both cities, you will find bike paths almost everywhere. A bicycle is one of the most popular means to get around the city.

Here are few more pictures of bustling streets of the city...

...and finally, we come to the Esplanade, the main entrance to the sea harbor:

Harbor is in the heart of the city, most of the historical attractions are concentrated around it.

We are coming to the sea ...

Generally, the sea facade of Helsinki is reminiscent of St. Petersburg with something imperceptible. In fact, it is easy to find an explanation. This part of Helsinki was built mainly in the 19th century when Finland was a part of the Russian Empire. Many buildings were designed in a similar style, sometimes even by the same architects...

These cities are really very similar, aren't they?...

Here is the Uspenski Cathedral, one of the largest Orthodox churches in Western Europe...

And finally, the Senate Square - the central square of the historic Helsinki...

Lutheran Cathedral was built in the days of the Russian Empire, and was originally the Orthodox one:

In front of the cathedral, there is a monument to Alexander II. On the west side of the square, there is a building of the University of Helsinki. On the opposite side of it is the Government Palace, the former Senate Building.

Each of these three buildings (Cathedral, Senate and University) were built by the famous architect Carl Ludvig Engel (1778-1840).

On the last evening before the departure we walked to the Senate Square once again and stood in front of the facade of the Cathedral and monument to Alexander II for a few minutes, saying goodbye to the city...
Author: Uritsk
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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