Day Trip to Helsinki, Finland

July 8, 2013

Helsinki, with an urban population of 1.3 million, is, according to Wikipedia, “the world’s northernmost metro area of over one million people”.

Helsinki, Finland

The former 16th century Swedish trading outpost was made the capital of Finland by the Russians in 1812. They had it redesigned by the German architect, Carl Ludvig Hengle in the style of St. Petersburg. Today the stylish city has an interesting mix of 19th century neoclassical and more contemporary architectural styles including a number of examples of art nouveau or deco.

The Rick Steves walking tour described in his guide book is a fun way to see the city’s architectural highlights in a day.

Harbor - Market Sqauare

Harbor – Market Sqauare

Harbor - Market Square

Harbor – Market Square

Berries, berries and more berries

Berries, berries and more berries

Havis Amanda Fountain - symbol of Helsinki

Havis Amanda Fountain – symbol of Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland

Esplanade

Esplanade

The wide parkland esplanade is lined with stylish shops and cafés with outdoor seating.

Esplanade

Esplanade

Esplanade

Esplanade

Esplanade

Esplanade

Stockman Department Store

Stockman Department Store

The Three Blackmiths

The Three Blackmiths

Train Station

Train Station

Finlandia Hall

Finlandia Hall

Lutheran Cathedral

Lutheran Cathedral

Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Church

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