The tour will start in the historical part of the city, Helsinki of the Tars where we will run though the history of Finland, who ruled, governed and later lost Finland. We will also be visiting some of the major monuments and landmarks such as the Helsinki Cathedral, House of the Estates, Uspenski Cathedral, the Old Market Hall and the Market Square. After this and an optional coffee break, we will head to Havis Amanda's statue and then into the Design District and go and see some of the most interesting buildings from Helsinki's Art Nouveau period where Jugenstil, National Romantic styling and traditional Art Nouveau can all be found gracefully coexisting side by side. We will then move into the literary aspect of the emergence of Finnish identity at the Statue of Runeberg, Eino Leino's statue, the Swedish Theatre, all on the Esplanadi boulevard, and then to the Railway Square to Aleksi Kivi's statue and the Finnish National Theatre. The tour will then continue to the Chapel of Silence and then Mannerheim's statue, Finland's greatest military leader. After this we then will walk up the street named after Mannerheim and do a walk by of the Finnish Parliament, National Museum, Finlandia Hall and finish the tour in Oodi, the new public library.
I'm Ed, an Irishman who grew up in Spain and has been adopted by Helsinki. I've been a tour guide for over 5 years now in Madrid, Barcelona and Girona, and now Helsinki. I have spent the last year exploring and guiding in the city learning all the in's and out's as well as discovering the most beautiful buildings and landmarks, interesting stories, anecdotes, historical facts , interesting historical characters and enjoying the culture, language and even the cuisine! Now that I have established myself here I want to share what I know with those who visit, so that way you can get the most out of your time here and not miss out on anything. I feel that my experience as a guide in other cities and being a foreigner myself in this town, has helped me focus on what really makes Helsinki great from an outsider's perspective.
We will visit the most important landmarks in Helsinki : The Senate Square, Cathedral of Helsinki, House of the Estates, Uspenski Cathedral, Market Square, Old Market Hall, Havis Amanda, Kasartori, Esplanadi, Swedish Theatre all built in the 19th century part of Helsinki. The Railway Square, Chapel of Silence, Mannerheim Statue, Finnish Parliament, National Museum, Finlandia Hall and Oodi are in the newer 20th century parts of the city.
The tour will run regardless of the weather. Please take into account it can rain, sleet, snow and sunshine all in one day in Helsinki so please don't forget to check the weather before booking!
History, Culture and Sights Helsinki