One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

Karanveer Gauttam {BABA}

FINLAND

If I was asked to close my eyes and to tell you the first image that comes to my mind about Finland, I would probably say that it is the Helsinki Cathedral, no no it is Santa Clause or I guess the Finnish soup.

To be honest I guess it is all of the above 🙂 It was actually Finland who gave us “The Santa Clause”. Helsinki is one of the most contemporary and modern cities in Europe and also the capital city of Finland .

One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

1.) HELSINKI CATHEDRAL

One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

Helsinki Cathedral

Tuomiokirkko ( Helsinki cathedral )was built between 1830 and 1852 as a tribute to Grand Duke Nicholas 1, the Tsar of Russia. It was called St Nicholas church until 1917 when Finland gained its independence from Russia.

Do You Know -That for many years Finland was part of Russia and was known as the Great Duchy of Finland.

Over 450,000 people visit the church every year, making it one of Helsinki most popular tourist sites.
A must visit when in Helsinki.

2.) Helsinki Central Railway Station

Central railway station Helsinki

Helsinki Railway station

It is one of the most artistic and contemporary railway stations you will ever get to see in the world.The station was constructed in 1919 and today stands right in the center of the city.

3.)Sip a Lohikeitto

One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

Finnish Soup

Lohikeitto in simple words is “ Finnish Salmon Soup “.
In the Finnish language,” lohi” means salmon and “keitto “means soup.
It is regarded as the ultimate favorite food in Finland.It’s a changeless classic made of salmon, potatoes, carrots, onions, and cream.It is typically seasoned with allspice and dill. Simple right?

4.) Old Market Hall

One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

Old Market Hall

Vanha Kauppahalli is one of the oldest market halls in the world.It is perfect for grocery shopping or eating local Finnish food.There are around 30 small stalls who seek all kinds of food products and local ingredients like from bread to bilberry jam and fish to vegetables.

5.) Suomenlinna Fortress 

One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

Suomenlinna

The fortress was built in the early 18th century to protect Finland from the Russians.It served as a naval base for a long time until it was open to the public.Some locals also call Suomenlinna as the Castle of Finland.The whole Suomenlinna fortress is built on 6 islands and is easily reachable by ferry from Helsinki.

6.)Drink Salmiakki Koskenkorva

Salmiakki

Salmiakki

Salmiakki is a vodka cocktail, pre-mixed with Finnish Vodka like wine and Turkish pepper salty licorice. This is perhaps the most popular of alcoholic beverages in Finland, especially amongst party-goers at nightclubs and pubs.

7.)Temppeliaukio Church

One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

Temppeliaukio

It is regarded as one of the unique churches in the world and truly because of its distinctive features.It is an underground church which was excavated and built directly out of solid rock.Also known as the rock church.

8.)Aleksanterinkatu

One day in Helsinki; Places to see and things to do on a Helsinki Layover

Aleksanterinkatu

It is one of the prominent shopping streets in the city center of Helsinki. Shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars they are all present in one suitable location.

9.)Uspenski Church

Upen

Uspenski Church

It’s a large red church which is hard to miss, as it sits on a hill overlooking the city. This Eastern Orthodox church is massive and very impressive with its large domes and gold crosses.

10.) Johan & Nystrom

Finnish Coffee

Johan & Nystrom

The famous coffee shop is situated near the harbor very close to the presidential palace. The view over the water from this cafe can only really be described as stunning in the summers. Regrettably, I visited the place in winters and sat inside.
The interior of the cafe didn’t disappoint me.It was large, spacious, and full of cozy nooks.They serve their own selection of coffee and I was recommended to have the Ethiopian V60. It was “strong and full flavored” just what I needed.

 

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BABA

Layovers is a personal travel blog which was started by Baba Aka Karanveer .He currently works as Cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world.He loves traveling to new countries where he explores the culture, the city, and its food. He hopes to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.

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