Esplanade Park – Helsinki’s Central Park

The Esplanade © Helsinki Tourism/Marita Haukemaa..

Helsinki’s Esplanade Park – A Place for Promenades Esplanadi Boulevard, Esplanade Park… however it’s called, no visit to Helsinki can be considered complete without a visit to The Esplanade. Without doubt, that this section of Helsinki near the centre of town is a tourist delight. A hundred years ago, and for the hundred years before […]

Korkeasaari or Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki Zoo Animals Come All the Way from the Frozen Arctic to the Sweltering Tropics: Known as Korkesaari to the Finns, Helsinki Zoo is far from the largest, even in northern Europe, but it is one of the oldest zoos, having been founded in 1889.  It may not be the largest, but Helsinki Zoo is […]

Helsinki – Finland’s Capital City

Helsinki main square with Tuomiokirkko Lutheran Cathedral

Helsinki, A Fascinating Mixture of Historical and Ultra-Modern: Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has the distinction of being the second northern-most capital city in the world. Although its main attractions and monuments are a stark reminder of its past history, Helsinki today is a very modern city. Although Helsinki has been the capital of Finland […]

Uspenski Cathedral – Helsinki's Orthodox Church

Uspenski Cathedral - Helsinki..

Uspenski Cathedral – Modeled after a 16th century church near Moscow: There are many churches in Helsinki city centre and one of the most notable is the Uspenski Cathedral. A visit to this landmark cathedral in Finland’s capital is certainly worthwhile and should be included in your Helsinki things to do list. Completed in 1868, […]

Tuomiokirkko – Helsinki Cathedral

Tuomiokirko, Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral

Helsinki’s Cathedral Architecture is reminiscent of its time under Russian rule: Tsar Peter of Russia had a well-known impact on St. Petersburg, Russia, the city that bears his name. What is less well-known is the flow-on influence he had on Helsinki. Tsar Peter had been dead for more than a hundred years by the time […]