Attractions

Top Choice Fortress in Helsinki

Suomenlinna

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 City Centre

Ateneum

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 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…
Top Choice Gallery in City Centre

Kiasma

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 Kruununhaka & Katajanokka

Tuomiokirkko

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 Church in Kamppi & Töölö

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 Museum in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

Mannerheim-Museo

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…
Chapel in Kamppi & Töölö

Kamppi Chapel

Built in 2012 by Helsinki architectural firm K2S, this exquisite, ultra-contemporary curvilinear chapel is constructed entirely from wood (wax-treated spruce outside; oiled alder planks inside, with pews crafted fro…
Museum in Kamppi & Töölö

Kansallismuseo

The impressive National Museum, built in National Romantic style in 1916, looks a bit like a Gothic church with its heavy stonework and tall square tower. This is Finland’s premier historical museum and is divided i…
Church in Kruununhaka & Katajanokka

Uspenskin Katedraali

Facing the Lutheran cathedral, the eye-catching red-brick Uspenski Cathedral stands on nearby Katajanokka island. The two buildings face off high above the city like two queens on a theological chessboard. Built as …