Helsinki Sights and Landmarks Guide, Finland
Helsinki is one of the most beautiful locations in the world both from a natural and an architectural standpoint, making the sights in this wonderful Finnish city truly spectacular to behold. As far as natural sights are concerned, it starts with the islands that are located around Helsinki’s downtown core. Islands such as Suomenlinna, Seurasaari and Korkesaari are part of the archipelago surrounding the city of Helsinki proper and these islands are not only home to gorgeous vegetation and water views, but they are also home to historic fortresses, beautiful beaches and many nice people you can meet.
In addition to the islands, Helsinki is also blessed with many wonderful natural parks. The most spectacular of these is probably Esplanadin Puisto, which seems to be the summertime hangout of the entire city of Helsinki. Of course if you are a fan of large open spaces then Keskuspuisto might be the park for you. This massive park is located next to the Olympic Stadium and over 1000 hectares of land have been dedicated to keeping this park fresh and large. It is the longest as well as the largest part in the city.
The Olympic Stadium is another amazing structure in the city for you to see. It was originally constructed in 1952 when Helsinki hosted the Olympics that year, but in 2005 it was given a much needed face lift. It now has some of the most breathtakingly modern architecture in the world, with soccer fields, swimming pools and ice rinks available for people to use around the year. There is also a 72 m tall tower that allows you to look out over the city of Helsinki and see all of the other sights from a high-up view that not many other cities can afford. Finally, the stadium itself is also home to a museum displaying the history of Finnish sport; a must visit for any sports fan.
If religious architecture is your passion, Helsinki is definitely a city worth visiting because it is home to some of the most interesting religious monuments you will see in Europe. A good example of this is The Church of the Rock, a minimalist architectural design that is nevertheless fascinating enough to draw millions of tourists to see it each year. The Lutheran Cathedral has long been the defining monument of Helsinki in an unofficial sense and is another religious building that is definitely worth a look.
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