24 Hours in…….Helsinki

On the Baltic Coast, Helsinki’s boulevards and back streets are awash with magnificent architecture, intriguing dining venues and groundbreaking design…

We spend 24 hours in Helsinki and share our experience with you.

8am :- Cafe Ekberg, Finland’s oldest cafe serve a diverse breakfast, including a good selection of their own bakery’s hand baked breads, croissants, cheese, cold meats, porridge  and muesli as well as juice, coffees and teas.

9am :-   Catch the ferry to Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most historically important places in Finland.  You can easily spend the morning ( een the day ) looking around the ruins, several museums, formerf bunkers and fortress walls, as well as the only remaining WWII sub in Finland.

12.30pm :- Take the ferry back to Helsinki’s iconic market hall which despite being built in 1888 is still a traditional functioning Finnish market with wooden stalls selling local flavours.  Perfect for a lunch stop.

2pm :- A short walk from the market hall takes you to Helsinki’s Cathedral.  Zinc statues of the 12 apostles guard the city from the roof of the church.  Also worth a visit is the Temppeliaukio Church, its one of Helsinki’s smallest but most popular sites.  Excavated directly into solid rock, covered with a dome and lined with copper.

3.30pm :- The National Museum of Art – Ateneum – is home to classic works of Finnish art.  It contains the most extensive collection in Finland, with more than 20,000 works from the 17th, 18th and 19th century.

5pm :- After a busy day of sightseeing why not relax by visiting one of Helsinki’s most popular saunas.  Loyly was built in 2016 and is entirely powered by water and wind.  The electric saunas and traditional smoke sauna offer direct access to the Hernesaari waterfront and winter ice hole!

8pm :-  Try some Finish food at Lappi – where their food is inspired by the flavours of lapland – such as reindeer and fish.

10pm :- End the evening with a cocktail or 2 at Liberty Or Death – this cocktail bar has a 1920’s influence, a romantic candlelit room with bookshelves and exposed brick walls.

 

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