We are proud to announce our new guided walking tour covering all must-see attractions in Helsinki City Centre. See the sights, hear the legends, learn the Finnish customs, taste the local ingredients and spend a quality coffee break with the locals. Entrance to Rock Church and the coffee are included to the price. The Tour is led by a energetic, academic and professional local guide.
The duration of the tour is 3 hrs and we walk 4,5 kilometers in mostly flat terrain.
Here is the route – We alter it a bit according the weather and events going on the tour days.
Our guides share you all nuances of Finnish living in now and through the ages. The Tour starts from the round end of Svenska Teatern – the Swedish Theater. This popular venue has a cafe, restaurant, nightclub and of course – plays in Swedish.
We continue down the fabulous Esplanade Boulevard, which is the place for a Sunday stroll. On sunny Summer days it’s packed. Along the way you will find the high end shopping joints and no. 1 luxury Hotel Kämp.
In the Old Market Hall the Finnish cuisine is displayed in all its colour, tastes, scents and nuances. Sample and purchase the most typical and exotic ingredients.
The City Hall of Helsinki stands to serve the citizens with exhibitions, information and yes – providing those rare public toilets.
Who has not heard about the marvel of Finnish education? Helsinki University is the peak of it. Our guides that have studied through the system will enlighten how curriculum goes in practice.
The Havis Amanda Fountain – our equivalent to the little mermaid in Copenhagen – is the epicenter of national celebrations.
the Senate Square – Central gathering place for Centuries – where the secrets of Helsinki start to unveil. You will learn how our Capital was built from a small village to a modern Capital by a single German from Charlottenburg.
We stroll to admire the marvelous signs of our Russian past to the Uspenski Cathedral. On the edge of the Market Square we’ll see the Presidential Palace and the modern sauna / Sea pool recreational center. Witness with your own eyes that Finns do swim in the Sea all year round. Acknowledge the importance of the role sauna plays in the Finnish culture and healthcare.
It’s been quite a walk! Time to do what locals do – sit down for a bit to relax over a cup of coffee. Finns are the biggest coffee consumers in the world. The Nordic concept of a comfortable yet productive life, coffee breaks are the main social fuel and have a huge impact to working life. The drinks are on us 🙂 You can complete the experience with a delicious cinnamon roll or our legendary Karelian pasty.
The Kamppi area is the modern city centre with transportation hub and a major shopping centre. In the middle of the hustle and bustle, the Chapel of Silence is designed to provide a haven of tranquility. This modern church, built in 2006 has received plenty of architectural awards.
Music Hall and Kansalaistori accompanied with the museum of modern art Kiasma form the new meeting ground for Helsinki locals. Witness the new national library being built on the other side of the lot. On the opposing hill the power holders gather in the Parliament House. Our academically educated Finnish guides can answer your tricky question about politics and the current situation of our Welfare State.
The grande finale of the tour is the Rock Church. It was designed by architects and brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and built into the bedrock in 1960’s. This spectacular site is the most visited church in Helsinki and it is easy to understand why. The entrance to the church is included to the price of this Tour.
See you on tour! Click the link to start booking 🙂