Top Choice Museum in Helsinki


This fascinating museum by Kaivopuisto (park) was the home of Baron Gustav Mannerheim, former president, commander in chief of the Finnish army and Finnish Civil War victor. The great field marshal never owned the b…
Top Choice Church in Helsinki

Temppeliaukion Kirkko

Hewn into solid stone, the Temppeliaukio church, designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in 1969, feels close to a Finnish ideal of spirituality in nature – you could be in a rocky glade were it not for the stunning …
Top Choice Gallery in Helsinki


Occupying an 1887 building, Finland’s premier art gallery offers a crash course in the nation’s art. The top floor houses Finnish paintings and sculptures from the ‘golden age’ of the late 19th century through to th…
Top Choice Fortress in Helsinki


Suomenlinna, the ‘fortress of Finland’, is set on a cluster of islands connected by bridges. The UNESCO World Heritage site was originally built by the Swedes as Sveaborg in the mid-18th century. Several museums, fo…
Top Choice Gallery in Helsinki


Now one of a series of elegant contemporary buildings in this part of town, curvaceous and quirky metallic Kiasma, designed by Steven Holl and finished in 1998, is a symbol of the city’s modernisation. It exhibits a…
Top Choice Church in Helsinki


One of CL Engel’s finest creations, the chalk-white neoclassical Lutheran cathedral presides over Senaatintori. Created to serve as a reminder of God’s supremacy, its high flight of stairs is now a popular meeting p…
Top Choice Museum in Helsinki

Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo

Situated 5.5km northwest of the city centre, this excellent island-set museum has a collection of historic wooden buildings transferred here from around Finland. There's everything from haylofts to a mansion, parson…
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St John’s Church

Helsinki’s largest church is the soaring twin-spired neo-Gothic St John’s Church, off Korkeavuorenkatu.
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Toy Museum

The delightful Toy Museum is a private collection of hundreds of dolls and almost as many teddy bears – the personal achievement of Piippa Tandefelt. The cafe here serves delicious homemade apple pie.
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Natural History Museum

Recently renovated, the Natural History Museum is known for its controversial weather vane of a sperm impregnating an ova. New exhibitions like Story of the Bones, which puts skeletons in an evolutionary context, br…