When it comes to mention the most popular places of interest in Finland, the first destination that comes to mind is Helsinki. The Senate Square is considered the historic centre of the city. The square was built in the 19th century and was designed by German architect Carl Ludwig Engel who was also involved in development of whole Helsinki. The square is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The monument of Alexander II is considered the heart and main decoration of the square.
Market Square is the noisiest and liveliest place in the city. Sometimes this place is also called Strawberry Square. If you visit this place in June, you will see an amazing view – all stalls are simply covered with fragrant ripe strawberry. Other important architecture landmarks include Finland Palace, the House of Opera, the Olympic Stadium and Uspenski Cathedral. Fans of excursions will find it interesting to visit numerous historic and art museums of the city.
The Suomenlinna Fortress is widely known as one of the most famous landmarks of Finland. The fortress and town are located on seven islands and were built in 1747. At that time it was an important strategic point, which primary aim was to protect the capital from sea attacks. Today Suomenlinna is a popular tourist destination with numerous shops, exhibition halls and museums.
Some interesting sights can be found in Tampere. The city is mostly known for its magnificent sanctuaries. Travellers are recommended to visit Tampere Cathedral, Alexander Nevsky Church and the Church of Saint Nicolas. The city is also home to the oldest concert hall in Scandinavia – Tampere Palace. Tourists with children will enjoy many memorable moments in Sarkanniemi Adventure Park that features many park zones including a dolphin park, a zoo, planetarium and an aquarium. There are more than 20 museums in the town, the most popular of which are the Museum of Box, Drugstore Museum, Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing, Teisko Museum, and Vapriikki Museum Centre.
The best way to continue your excursion program is to visit the city of Turku, which is also known as the oldest city in the country. There are several historic buildings there, such as Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. The castle was built in the 13th century. Nowadays, the castle holds the exhibition of the Museum of History and is often used as the venue for various music concerts, special concerts for kids and other interesting performances.
Read further: Cities and sights of Finland