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  • 1 Senaatintori Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Senaatintori FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Work of town planner Ehrenström and architect Carl Ludvig Engel, Senate Square comprises a collection of monumental buildings typifying the aristocratic elegance of neo-Classicism. The senate building was completed in 1820, the university in 1832, th..

  • 2 View from Koli hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ylä-Kolintie FIN - 83690 Koli

    At the beginning of the 20C, painters, writers and composers would make pilgrimages to the summit of Koli (347m altitude), which dominates the west bank of Lake Pielinen. The magnificent panorama reveals an enchanting, peaceful landscape, with island..

  • 3 Lemmenjoki National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Lemmenjoen Kylätie 968 FIN - 99800 Ivalo

    This national park is Europe's largest woodland park, covering an area of 2 855km2. The holiday village and reception centre at Njurgalahti can be reached by car and is an ideal starting point for walks. The valley of the River Lemmenjoki, Leämmi, is..

  • 4 Old Rauma Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Luostarinkatu 1 FIN - 26100 Rauma

    This is a charming old town with wooden houses dating from the 17C and 18C. The historical centre is best visited by foot: the 15C Franciscan Holy Cross Church (Pyhän Ristin kirkko) near to River Raumanjoki; the market place ( Kauppatori) alongside t..

  • 5 Arctic Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pohjoisranta 4 FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    An ingenious underground construction (by Birch-Bonderup-Thorup and Waade, 1992) crowned with an elongated dome which, on the surface, looks like an ice tunnel. Two exhibitions dedicated to living conditions in the Arctic are shown here. The Arctic C..

  • 6 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Tuomiokirkonkatu 1 FIN - 20100 Turku

    Kankainen Chapel (near the chancel, north side) houses a black marble funeral monument dedicated to the Finnish wife of King Erik XIV. In St George's Chapel rest bishops Hemming (who died in 1366) and Gezelius (father and son), pioneers of Finnish ed..

  • 7 Turku Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Linnankatu 80 FIN - 20100 Turku

    The main castle boasts many admirable features: the porter's lodge with its friezes (c 1530), Sture Chapel (1480) and its medieval religious sculptures, the nuns' chapel and its Gothic Virgin Mary (14C) and finally the king's room with its Edelfelt p..

  • 8 Lapland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Inari

    Lapland; the very name captivates the imagination. Around 75 000 Sami today inhabit this northern part of the Scandinavian peninsula, and their territory (Sápmi) extends from the west coast of Norway, heading north and east towards Sweden, Finland an..

  • 9 Temppeliaukon Kirkko Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Lutherinkatu 3 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    A low circular wall surmounted by a copper cupola: from the exterior, there is no evidence that this church, designed by the Suomalainen brothers in 1960 and built between 1968 and 1969, has been set below ground level, as far down as the rock which ..

  • 10 Kiasma Modern Art museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Mannerheiminaukio 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Right in the heart of the city, between the Station, with its refined lines of Finnish Art nouveau, and the functionalist Parliament building, Kiasma, inaugurated in 1998, is the work of Steven Holl. The exterior combines metals (copper, zinc, titani..

  • 11 Market Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kauppatori FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    A short distance South from the Senate Square, providing a sharp contrast to its noble neighbour, is the Market Square . Here the bustle of everyday life prevails, with the cries of market traders, the hotchpotch of culinary aromas, the sound of port..

  • 12 The Esplanade Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pohjoisesplanadi FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Between the Swedish Theatre to the West (the current building dates from 1866, replacing the wooden theatre built by Engel) and the Market Square to the East, lie two avenues lined with neo-Renaissance houses and luxury designer boutiques bordering a..

  • 13 The Ateneum Fine Arts museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kaivokatu 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    The collections held in the Fine Arts museum provide an insight into Finnish art from the 18C up to the 1960's. Finnish pictorial art (aside schools and exhibitions) is fairly recent, with the exception of anonymous mural frescos found in churches an..

  • 14 Helsinki Station Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kaivokatu FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Built essentially to designs by Eliel Saarinen, one of the creators of the Finnish pavilion at the Paris Universal Exhibition (1900), the station (1909-1916) constitutes a model of "objective architecture". Stone, glass and iron come togeth..

  • 15 National Museum of Finland Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Mannerheimintie 34 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Constructed between 1905 and 1910 by Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen, this building with high steeple and circular tower, decorated with Kalevala-inspired frescoes by Askeli Gallen-Kallela (1928), was a latecomer in the canon of National Romanticism..

  • 16 Finlandia Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Mannerheimintie 13e FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    It was designed by Alvar Aalto as one of a collection of cultural edifices in the new Town Centre destined to be built around the Bay of Töölön. The central part of the building was completed in 1971, with the addition of a conference wing in 1975. E..

  • 17 The Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Helsinginkatu 58 FIN - 00250 Helsinki

    Glittering, with its white ceramics and Finnish granite, the Opera house bordering the Bay of Töölön, and constructed by Hyvämäki, Karhunen and Parkkinen was inaugurated in 1993. Although it accommodates a wide repertoire of international opera, a la..

  • 18 The Fortress of Finland Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Suomenlinna FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    First known as Sveaborg (the Fortress of Sweden) at the time of its construction in 1748 to protect Helsinki from Russian invasion, it only acquired its current name (Suomenlinna) after Independence. By this time the protective function of the fortre..

  • 19 St Nicholas Lutheran Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Senaatintori FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    This building embodies the austere simplicity of Nordic classicism: four peristyles, each with six Corinthian columns surmounted by a pediment bearing three apostles in acroterions, make up the four porches. The peristyle overlooking the Senate Squar..

  • 20 Ainola: the house of Sibelius Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ainolankatu FIN - 04400 Järvenpää

    The charm of the location inspired Sibelius's Third Symphony. The piano in the lounge was a fiftieth birthday present from his friends. A sketch by Albert Edelfelt shows the musician at the age of 38, when he moved to Ainola; left of the window, the ..

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