This sprawling site once manufactured sea cables and later became Nokia’s main factory until the 1980s. It’s now a cultural complex with design studios, galleries, expositions, and regular music, theatre and dance performances. Also here are a photography museum, theatre museum and a hotel-and-restaurant museum. Tram 8 stops just 150m east of Kaapelitehdas at Länsisatamankatu, or take the metro to Ruoholahti and walk 600m west.

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Nearby Helsinki attractions

1. Hietaniemi Cemetery

0.75 MILES

Famous Finns buried at this sprawling 1829-established cemetery include architect Alvar Aalto and military leader and statesman Carl Gustav Emil…

2. Hietaranta

0.83 MILES

Helsinki has several city beaches, but this one is considered the best. It’s a wide stretch of golden sand just west of the city centre, ideal in summer…

3. Sinebrychoffin Taidemuseo

0.91 MILES

One of Helsinki's finest collections of classic European paintings is in these 1842-built former brewery offices, which also contained living quarters for…

4. Temppeliaukion Kirkko

0.99 MILES

Hewn into solid stone, the Temppeliaukion church, designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in 1969, feels close to a Finnish ideal of spirituality in nature…

5. Tennispalatsi

0.99 MILES

The 1938-completed Tennispalatsi (Tennis Palace) cultural and recreation centre was intended for the 1940 Summer Olympics, which were subsequently…

6. Helsinki Art Museum

0.99 MILES

Inside the Tennispalatsi, Helsinki's contemporary-art museum oversees 9000 works, including 3500 citywide public artworks. The overwhelming majority of…

7. Luonnontieteellinen Museo

1.09 MILES

The city’s natural history museum is known for its controversial weathervane of a sperm impregnating an ovum. Modern exhibitions such as Story of the…

8. Kunsthalle Helsinki


Housed in a Jugendstil-style building dating back to 1928, Kunsthalle Helsinki hosts up to seven major, mostly contemporary exhibitions every year. Recent…