Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Helsinki, Finland: Summer On Foot!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Aboard the Silja Serenade from Stockholm,Sweden, I arrived in Helsinki three years ago today. The city centre bustles with life in the summertime and I am so lucky to experience Helsinki’s many sights and attractions on foot!

Like its usual August year after year, Finland's capital, Helsinki, boasts an array of attractions such as historical sights and grand structures that left me a lasting impression.

Market Square

Since we were on a cruise ship, we were immediately greeted by the famous Market Square as we walked out of the ship. It is a busy seaside street full of stalls and tents selling food,souvenirs like fur clothings, jewellery, paintings, and fruits. Market Square is only steps away from the Esplanadi Park, where ferry boats are parked en-route to other islands.

Senate Square

For a remarkable authentic take of Helsinki, we walked around the Senate Square , just off the Market Square. Senate Square is bounded by four majestic buildings - the Helsinki Cathedral, the University of Helsinki, the National Library of Finland and the Government Palace. It is Helsinki's center for arts, culture, religion, politics and education. In the middle of the square is the statue of Tsar Alexander II of Russia.


Aleksanterinkatu is the central commercial street of Helsinki which is just a stone's throw away from Senate Square. Shops, cafes, restaurants and the Stockmann department store all in one convenient location. We ate at the Hotel Kämp (or Kamp), regarded as the most luxurious and most expensive hotel in the five Nordic countries. Roland said the Rollingstones stayed at this hotel.

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