I’m staying in Turku since a few month when I started another Trip to Helsinki. I like this city a lot because even if it is the Capital City of Finland it has a nice size and is very charming. There are a lot of nice places to discover. This time when I went there, I decided to take a day ticket of the Helsinki City Transport. Doing this you can go everywhere by tram, for a fraction of the price for the tourist bus ticket. With this ticket you can discover all the places worth for it. There is for example the Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Church), a fascinating church built directly into a rock and is located in the middle of the city. Other great places to discover are for example the Uspenski- Kathedral, the Helsinki Cathedral or the Katajanokka quarter. But beside this sights there is a lot to discover in this beautiful City.
Don’t miss to eat a meal on the Kauppattori, there is a market every day of the week, except Sundays, where delicious specialities are sold. There are also booths where vegetable, fruits or finnish handmade goods are sold. Also the Old Market Hall (Kauppahalli) is worth a visit.
But if you want see some beautiful nature just a footstep away from the center of the city, Suomenlinna is the right choice. This beautiful place is just a 15 minute ride with the ferry from the Kauppattori. Suomenlinna, official district of Helsinki is the fortress of the city and also a UNSCO World Heritage destination. It is beautiful to discover the Island, especially by sunny weather. Just stand there on the cliffs and watch the sea or explore the old bunkers. The fortress is build on several islands which are connected with bridges, so there is a lot to discover.
Text & picture: Judith Brand