Helsinki City Tour

From 1550 to the Present Day

Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 6 KM
Price: €45 per person
Start: 10:00 am or 2:00 pm

In Helsinki city tour, we will walk together in and around the city centre and discover Helsinki’s secrets, learn its history, culture and traditions. 

Why do Helsinkians have picnic on top of graves? What was the the meeting point of bohemian people of the 1880s in Helsinki? How did they build a church inside a giant granite rock? Where did Lenin hide when he was running away from the Tsarist Russia? Which statue is the one that seagulls hate the most? Where did they bury thousands of bodies during the plague? Why is the largest Orthodox cathedral located in a Lutheran country? Where can you eat the best salmon soup of your life? Why Finnish people still cheer for the opponents of the Swedish national football team? How did a Finnish architect influence generations of American architects and skyscraper designs? Why is a short bridge in the city centre called “The Long Bridge”? You will find answers to all of these questions and more, while visiting many significant landmarks and locations in Helsinki.

Typical Itinerary (subject to change according to weather conditions, public holidays, and events / We will stop at the attractions written in bold): Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, Tori Quarters, City Museum, City Hall, Presidential Palace, Uspenski Cathedral, Allas Sea Pool, Market Square, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Swedish Theatre, Old Church Park, Central Railway Station, National Theatre of Finland, Ateneum, Parliament House, Musiikkitalo, Oodi, Kiasma, Kamppi Chapel, Lasipalatsi, Amos Rex.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Senate Square

The Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture, dating back to early 19th century.

The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel; the Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland.

 

Kappeli

Kappeli is one of the oldest and most famous venues in Helsinki. Hampus Dahlström designed the original building; opening date was 1867.

Being the meeting place of the famous Finnish artists such as Aho, Järnefelt, Leino, Sibelius and Gallen-Kallela, Kappeli was a place with great examples of fine art on its walls.

 

Uspenski

With its golden cupolas and redbrick facade, The Uspenski Cathedral is one of the clearest symbols of the Russian impact on Finnish history.

It was designed by Aleksei M. Gornostajev and consecrated in 1868. It is the largest Orthodox temple in Northern and Western Europe.

Details

Meeting point:

Aleksanterinkatu no 9, Paulig Kulma Cafe

Group size:

6 persons (Public tour)

What is included?:

The three-hour walking tour

What is not included?:

Food and drinks

Transportation to/from attractions

Gratuities

Things to note:

Please be prepared to walk 5-6 km.

I recommend joining the tour with comfortable (walking) shoes.

Tours are done all year around, rain or shine; please dress according to the weather.

Tour is not wheelchair accessible.