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Get to know the present and the past of the finnish capital by exploring the modern city of Helsinki and visiting Seurasaari Open-air museum. Home to numerous authentic wooden homes of real finns of the past, this place will reveal survival secrets, life-hacks and will show you what life was like over 100 years ago.
Helsinki Cathedral is a Lutheran church also called the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. It's the main church of the town. The church was opened in 1852 and dedicated to the name saint of Russian emperor Nicholas 1st, as Finland was the province of Russia at that time. The impressive white structure stands on the natural hill, connected to the Senat square by the granit steps, that make you feel the church is even higher.
Mannerheimintie is the main street of Helsinki, as well as the longest street of the city. it follows the path of the old road to Tampere, Finland's old capital. Mannerheimintie begins at the Esplanada street and goes all the way north to the city limits. The House of Parliament, the main post office, the Kiasma modern art museum, the Finlandia Hall, the National Museum, the Helsinki Opera House, Kampi bus station and many other important buildings can be found on Mannerhermintie.
The Central Train Station of Helsinki is a large inpressive building, decorated with the massive statues on the both sides of the entrance. It was chosen as one of the world's most beautiful railway stations by BBC in 2013.
Esplanadi is a beautiful wide boulevard with the big park on in, located in the center of Helsinki. It begins at the Market square and goes all the way to the Mannerheimintie street. Esplanadi is a great place for an easy walk under the old linden trees. There are numerous coffee shops at Esplanadi, located in the buidlings on both sides and in the park itself. The West end of Esplanadi is called the Erottaja square, which has been selected as the official geographic "zero point" of Helsinki. Distances to all other cities in Finland are measured starting from here.
Market square in the center of Helsinki is the most exciting place of the city. It’s located on the seashore next to the city ferry station. You can find everything there. All sorts of season fruit and berries, mushrooms, smoked fish, flowers, souvenirs, traditional clothing, furs, leather, name it. One can spend hours digging through the carved bone statuettes or enjoying the beer with fresh grilled salmon.
Temppeliaukio Church is often called the church in the rock. Finland uses the natural landscape of the region to create the beautiful urban environment and this is the best example of it. The church is built into the huge granite rock. It’s simple but very elegant with granite walls and glass ceiling.
The stadium was the main arena for the 1952 Olympic Games. The construction of the stadium was completed in 1938. Since then it has been frequently used for the local, European and world athletic competitions as well as music conserts. The height of the tower 72.71 metres (238.5 ft) selebrates the world record of Finnish athlete Matti Järvinen in javelin throw of 1932 Summer Olympics.
The impressive building of the National museum is located on Helsinki's main street Mannerheimintie. It features Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present day The appearance of the building reflects Finland's medieval churches and castles. The entrance hall ceiling has ceiling frescoes in the national epic Kalevala theme, which can be seen without an entrance fee.
Opera and ballet are quite young in Finland, as both companies were formed in the beggining of the 20th century only. The Opera house was opened in 1993 and since than became home to both. The theater promotes the national art, National Opera stages four to six premieres a year, including a world premiere of at least one Finnish opera.
The Senat square is a large central square of the city. It's crowned by the impressive white Helsinki cathedral. The center of the square if a memorail to the Russian emperor Alexander 2nd. The Helsinki's oldest building Sederholm's house is still located in the south part of Senat square.
Jean Sibelius is a prominent Finnish composer and musician, respected all around Europe. The memorial in a special park commemorates the life of this great person. The organ pipes dance in the air to the music, and the face of the composer looks at his music from the stone.
Located on a hill above the Helsinki harbour, red brick Uspensky cathedral can be seen from far away. It's the largest Orthodox Church of Northern Europe, built in 1868 by one of most prominent Russian specialists. The style of the cathedral is a tribute to the Russian Revival period when the best of the old times architectural ideas were used to create the magnificent constructions. The church is worth going inside to see the impressive iconostases.
Seurasaari island is the largest open air wooden architecture museum in Finland. It features the wooden houses gathered from the area, carefully preserved and displayed to show the rural architecture of the region.
Meet your professional English-speaking guide and driver OUTSIDE the main port gate / hotel lobby and depart for a scenic drive through the downtown of Helsinki.
Important: Meeting for the tour is OUTSIDE the main port gate. You need to walk outside the port to meet your guide. Please read Helsinki meeting instructions carefully. We will also send you a copy at time of booking.
Just a couple of minutes from the pier, Market Square will surely not leave you indifferent. As you travel along Esplanadi Street , down famous Mannerheim street , which is the main boulevard , and past the Central Train Station make sure you keep your eyes wide open in order not to miss this beauty! You will later drive past such must-see sights like Uspensky cathedral, Presidential Palace, National Museum and Finlandia Hall, Opera House , Finlandia Concert Hall and Parlament Building.
You will drive past the Olympic Stadium (1952 Olympic games were held here ), will have a chance to make great typically Helsinki photos in the Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki’s sight, next to the Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer lan Sibelius.
Your tour will not be complete without seeing the Rock Church, from inside and outside. This unique construction is a highlight for most visitors to Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustic .The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough rock surfaces.
After a short drive we will arrive to the peaceful setting of Seurasaari open-air museum. This unique island is a tranquil oasis of traditional Finnish way of life is displayed in the cottages, farmsteads and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around Finland.
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