Take a private, half-day tour of central Helsinki, and see all of the major sights and highlights of the Finnish capital. Let your local guide show you around the city, giving you a feel for its unique atmosphere and the day-to-day life of locals.
What to Expect
Start your walking tour from the Railway Station Square, right next to one of the most beautiful Romantic buildings in Helsinki, the National Theater. From there, continue your walk through central Helsinki to get a feel for its vibrant streets, mostly built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, follow the main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, towards the city's main square, Senate Square.
At the central point of the square is the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, built in 1852 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Stop at the nearby seat of the Finnish Government and the main building of Helsinki University. Continue on towards the Katajanokka Peninsula, stopping at the Uspenskii Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox cathedral atop a hill. Go up the hill and to the terrace of the cathedral for a stunning view over Helsinki.
Explore Market Square (Kauppatori), where you can find souvenirs and taste local specialties. Then, take a local boat for a 20-minute trip to the picturesque Suomenlinna Islands, an archipelago of 6 islands that is home to one of Helsinki’s residential districts as well as the Suomenlinna fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Once back on the mainland, walk along the Esplanade Park and Helsinki’s main street, Mannerheimintie, before stopping by the parliament building, National Museum, and Finlandia Hall, a concert and congress hall designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
After a walk through the district of Töölö, visit the Temppeliaukio Church, which stands at the top of a rocky hill, and a monument dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. End the tour at the impressive granite Central Railway Station, where nearly a quarter of a million passengers pass through every day.
What's Not Included
- Possible use of public transport (EUR 3 – 6)
Meeting point is the Central Railway Station Square, near the monument of Aleksis Kivi