A few weeks ago, I got on a plane and flew to Helsinki, Finland for the weekend to see one of the friends I made in my first few months as an au pair. Knowing someone in a different country is an amazing way to see all the good sights, not just the most famous ones.
These are the sights in Helsinki that, according to Hanna, are definitely worth a visit.
Not necessarily a recommendation by Hanna, but more something that I wanted to see before coming to Finland. While not religious, I do really enjoy looking at old churches and cathedrals.
What I found quite interesting, is that a lot more younger people go to church in Finland compared to other western-European countries.
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
This island is part prison, part tourist attraction. Which is a very peculiar combination. A lovely place to walk with small houses with verandas (influenced by the Russians) and an amazing view over the sea and Helsinki’s harbour. Suomenlinna is on the world heritage site as a unique monument to military architecture.
While it doesn’t look very special on the outside, this library looks amazing on the inside. It only opened a few months ago (there were some structural problems with the old library). I loved the spiral staircase on the inside because it was designed specifically to make everyone feel welcome in the new library.
They asked people to describe themselves with one word and filled the staircase with all of those words in the form of “for workers, for youth, for transgenders, for asylum seekers, for introverts.”
An amazing park with walking paths that can be found in the middle of Helsinki. It’s a very quiet place where you can escape from the crowds and just relax.
Of course, there is a lot more to do in Helsinki. Unfortunately, I only had one full day and since I wanted to make the most out of it, I only went to see things my friend recommended!
Have you ever been to Helsinki?