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Helsinki, FinlyandiyaHelsinki – the capital of Finland, a lively modern city with over half a million people. The city was founded on the orders of King Gustav of Sweden in 1550 as a trading city, as opposed to Tallinn in the struggle for the possession of trade in the Baltic. Helsinki became the capital when Russia taking part in the Napoleonic wars, he won over Finland from Sweden in 1809 and took her by the citizenship of the Russian Emperor as the Grand Duchy of Finland.
Helsinki city surrounded by sea and islands, the city where close contact nature and culture. The fourth part of Helsinki accounted for parks. Central Park runs through the city. And the noise of ships and off-flavor of the sea Helsinki give a particular mood.
Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Many attractions, the architecture of the city, which can be traced as the eastern and western influences, revealed to the guests of the capital on foot. Architectural and historical city center Senate Square with the magnificent buildings of the Cathedral, the University, the Palace of the State Council of the creation of the architect KL Engel – carries the spirit of Russian architecture and crowned with a monument to Alexander II in the center of the square. During the summer, the area is used for many activities, and around it are charming cafes, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
One of the small streets Sofiankatu – forms an interesting museum street. Helsinki is full of museums, exhibition centers, sports facilities, which will make your stay in this city a diverse and memorable.
Just 100 meters away, on the beach there is a shopping area very bright and vibrant place Helsinki. Here you can buy everything from fruit and fish to a variety of products Finnish craftsmanship. From the Market Square begins Esplanade Park with street lighting and a variety of boutiques, the center of life of summer Helsinki.
Helsinki, FinlyandiyaEkskursiyu from the city center, you can continue along the shores of the park area Töölönlahti Bay, popular among the townspeople summer oasis. Here are the Finland Palace (concert and congress complex) and the Finnish National Opera.
From marine attractions of Helsinki will be interesting to see the island fortress of Suomenlinna, which is over 250 years old, and an open-air museum on Seurasaari Island.
Built on the roads of Helsinki Suomenlinna sea fortress (Sveaborg) is a gem of Helsinki and included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Only 15 minutes by ferry from Helsinki city center, and you – in a picturesque oasis with clean sea air. Visit local museums and galleries, leisure parks and the coast can take a significant part of the day, so the territory Suomenlinna offers numerous cafes and restaurants. The open air museum in the green Seurasaari Island introduces you to the traditional Finnish wooden architecture. Museum buildings of different periods (from the 1700s to the present century) taken from different parts of Finland. During the summer, the museum held festivities, as well as the traditional celebration of Midsummer with bonfires.
If you are going to Helsinki, you can safely take their children with them here they will not be bored, because for all age groups here have something to see and experience. For them, the entertainment center at Linnanmäki, Helsinki Zoo on the island Korkeasaari, scientific center of Eureka, which is an entertaining way to introduce science as young and adults, and many others. By the way, while in Helsinki, you can go to any post office and leave the order on New Year’s greetings from Santa to your child (in this case, you can specify the date of receipt of the letter and the language in which it is written). The letter comes in the company of Santa Claus envelope, stamp on the envelope extinguished personal stamp of Santa Claus.
Helsinki is interesting and as a commercial center of Finland. In Helsinki Aleksanterinkatu traditional shopping street, you can walk through shopping malls and department stores: Kluuvi (Aleksanterinkatu 9), Kiseleff Bazaar (Aleksanterinkatu 28), Stockmann (Aleksanterinkatu 52). Huge shopping center Forum (ul. Mannerheymitie, 20) is known for relatively low prices and a large selection of products for children and adults. We recommend to go to the department store Sokos (str. Mannerheymitie, 9), and visit the boutiques Esplanade Park, representing all of the most well-known Finnish design products.