Helsinki's Top 10
Collected by Marc Perrotta , AFAR Contributor
Sveaborg, 00190 Helsingfors, Finland
A popular excursion for both locals and visitors, Suomenlinna, a fortress built across a group of islands in Helsinki’s harbor, is just a short ferry or water-bus ride from the city center. Begun in 1748 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...
Mannerheiminaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Part of the Finnish National Gallery, Kiasma is the premier contemporary art museum in Finland. Designed by American architect Steven Holl, Kiasma offers a diversity and depth of engaging programming, including original commissions, rotating...
Ainolankatu, 04400 Järvenpää, Finland
A short drive to the countryside takes you to the home of prominent composer Jean Sibelius, Ainola, which was named after his wife Aino. The 1904 timber-framed house was designed by Finnish architect Lars Sonck, who incorporated elements of the...
Tallberginkatu 1, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
This former telephone and electrical cable facility is now the largest cultural center in Finland. Here, a dynamic artistic community thrives: Kaapeli's museums, studios, galleries, restaurants and performance venues are a must-visit for dining,...
Sibeliuksen puisto, Mechelininkatu, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
Constructed in honor of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), this seaside park and memorial is one Helsinki's major attractions. The abstract monument, entitled Passio Musicae, was created by pioneering artist Eila Hiltunen and is actually...
Unioninkatu 29, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Completed in 1852, the Helsinki Cathedral is a gleaming neoclassical icon situated at the top of a grand flight of stairs in the middle of Senate Square. Designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, the central dome rests on a towering templelike colonnade that...
Helsinginkatu 58, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
The Finnish National Opera is one of Finland’s most significant cultural institutions, home to professional opera and ballet companies along with a choir and orchestra. The season's programming runs the gamut from classical productions to...
Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Located at the end of Frederikinkatu Street, Temppeliaukion Church is one of Helsinki’s architectural masterpieces. Completed in 1969, the church was excavated directly into the bedrock and uses nature’s raw elements to convey divine inspiration....
Hvitträskintie 166, 02440 Kirkkonummi, Finland
Hvitträsk was built in the early 20th century by Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen as a base for their architectural firm and also as a residence. (The estate was the childhood home of Eero Saarinen.) Constructed of wood and...
Töölö, Helsinki, Finland
Just north of the city center, Töölö was built in the 1920s in response to Helsinki’s explosive population growth and the result of the first-ever urban planning competition in Finland. Architect Gustaf Nyström’s winning design (which was later...
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