The Story of Helsinki - Walking Tour

Fun & dynamic walking tour to explore Helsinki's must-see sights.

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40 euros
  • The Senate Square, in front of Alexander the II statue.

Itinerary

My purpose during this tour is to share my passion for Helsinki, the capital of the country that consumes most coffee has a world-famous education model and a crazy popular karaoke scene. ​ Apart from sharing many fascinating stories about Helsinki's history, I will be happy to answer your questions about the way of Finnish life and cultural habits. I was born and raised in Finland, and I want you to get a real feeling of Helsinki, not just the touristic one. ​ We'll start the walk from the iconic Senate Square, where is located the city's most famous landmark, the Helsinki Cathedral. You'll learn about the history of Helsinki and Finland, how did it make its way as an independent nation through 700 years of Swedish rule, and over 100 years of Russian rule? When and how was the Finnish national identity built? What did Napoleon have to do with Finland?  From the Senate Square, we'll head towards the Market Square, where you'll learn about Finland's gastronomy and the thing that all Finns are obsessed with: the sauna!  On the Market Square, we will also say hi to Havis Amanda, the most iconic and loved fountain of the city. Eventually, Finns gather at the fountain and swim in it, join the tour and you'll know why! We'll walk through the picturesque Esplanade Park, and greet the statue that the seagulls love the most. On our walk towards the Railway Station, you'll learn a very well-kept secret, where's the Unicorn Block of Helsinki? We'll also talk about the Finnish language, its roots and development. Here we'll also have a small language lesson, and you'll learn the basic vocabulary to impress the Finns during your vacation.  We'll observe the Central Railway Station from in- and outside and meet more Helsinki icons, the "Stone men". After a short walk, we'll reach the Nation's Square, where we'll find many emblematic buildings, such as the Parliament, the Music Centre, the Finlandia Hall, the Media House, Kiasma Museum and the award-winning Helsinki Central Library. Before entering the library, we'll talk about Finland's politics, past and present. We'll finish the tour with a visit to the library. You'll see all the three floors, all of them dedicated to different things. If we're lucky, we might even meet one of the three robots that work for the library.  Join this tour, and you'll get to understand the unique Helsinki state of mind and get a clear idea of our quite peculiar culture. Let's discover how unique Helsinki really is!


Schedule


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Contact

0465575195

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