Helsinki, Finland: Quirky and Full of Character

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Though not one of the most popular tourist cities in Europe, Helsinki wins visitors over with its quirky character and its scenic position on the Baltic. Architectural offerings from forward-thinking designers are found throughout the city, giving visitors plenty of visual delights to absorb. But there are also plenty of neighborhoods to remind travelers that they are still in Europe. My complete, three-day itinerary for Helsinki can be found on my website, thetriparchitect.com.

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If you're lucky enough to be there during a musical performance, you'll be astounded by the natural acoustics created by the granite rock from which the chapel was carved. Cities In Europe, Helsinki, Finland, Granite, Garden Tools, Carving, Rock, Natural, Character
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This funky-looking church was designed to provide respite in one of the most bustling parts of the city. Cities In Europe, Helsinki, Finland, Wander, The Neighbourhood, Architecture, Street, World, Travel
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The Eliel Saarinen-designed train station offers travelers a great introduction to the city's design culture. Cities In Europe, Travel Europe, Visit Helsinki, Interesting History, Beautiful Buildings, Capital City, Train Station, Vr, Finland

VR Helsinki Central Railway Station

The Eliel Saarinen-designed train station offers travelers a great introduction to the city's design culture.

The modern design of this music hall is spectacular. But if you're a music lover, look into heading back one evening for a show. Urban Design, Modern Design, Cities In Europe, Helsinki, Music Lovers, Four Square, Finland, Design Projects, The Neighbourhood
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Finlandia-talo

The modern design of this music hall is spectacular. But if you're a music lover, look into heading back one evening for a show.

Putte's, which is notable for its affordable food and lively atmosphere, makes a great lunch spot. Pizza, Bar, Helsinki, Finland, Study, Lunch, Character, Food, Studio

Putte's Bar & Pizza

Putte's, which is notable for its affordable food and lively atmosphere, makes a great lunch spot.

Tuomiokirkko, or the Helsinki Cathedral, is the city's most recognizable landmark. Cities In Europe, Helsinki, Finland, Cathedral, The Neighbourhood, Louvre, Architecture, City, Building
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Helsinki Cathedral

Tuomiokirkko, or the Helsinki Cathedral, is the city's most recognizable landmark.

Uspenskin is an ornate cathedral offering a great scenic lookout. Cities In Europe, Red Bricks, Footprints, Helsinki, Finland, Barcelona Cathedral, The Neighbourhood, Architecture, City
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Uspensky Cathedral

Uspenskin is an ornate cathedral offering a great scenic lookout.

This museum is an homage to Finland's famous design culture. Hello Monday, Trendy Home, Design Museum, Helsinki, Four Square, Finland, Workplace, Concrete, Culture

Design Museum

This museum is an homage to Finland's famous design culture.

A trip to Helsinki would not be complete without a visit to the famous Marimekko Flagship Store. Cities In Europe, Marimekko, Helsinki, Finland, Store, Board, Character, Shopping, Design
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Marimekko Marikulma Flagship Store

A trip to Helsinki would not be complete without a visit to the famous Marimekko Flagship Store.

This gallery-boutique combo features art and items for sale from a rotating crop of designers. Mason Jar Lamp, Helsinki, Four Square, Finland, Designers, Table Lamp, Boutique, Gallery, Character
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Design Forum Shop

This gallery-boutique combo features art and items for sale from a rotating crop of designers.

Miun is one of the many boutiques in the Design District that is worth checking out. Cities In Europe, Helsinki, Boutiques, Finland, Character, Design, Boutique Stores, Boutique, Lettering
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Miun

Miun is one of the many boutiques in the Design District that is worth checking out.

Try "sapas," or Finnish tapas, at this popular restaurant. Cities In Europe, Smoked Salmon, Helsinki, Finland, Tapas, Restaurant, Popular, Ethnic Recipes, Character
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Kaarna Baari & Keittiö

Try "sapas," or Finnish tapas, at this popular restaurant.

This trendy cocktail lounge in the center of town is perfect for after-dinner drinks. After Dinner Drinks, Helsinki, Finland, Raspberry, Cocktails, Lounge, Fruit, Character, Food

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This trendy cocktail lounge in the center of town is perfect for after-dinner drinks.

Suomenlinna // This island fortress offers spectacular views over the sea and is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic on a warm day. Visit Helsinki, Finland Travel, Scandinavian Countries, Best Cities, Beautiful Islands, Perfect Place, Places To See, Wanderlust, City

Suomenlinna / Sveaborg

This island fortress offers spectacular views over the sea and is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic on a warm day.

This fancy tram, which leaves from the train station, actually serves beer while simultaneously taking you on a scenic tour of the city. Cities In Europe, Fun At Work, Train Station, Helsinki, Four Square, Finland, The Neighbourhood, Beer, Study
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SpåraKOFF

This fancy tram, which leaves from the train station, actually serves beer while simultaneously taking you on a scenic tour of the city.

This is the city’s last, public, wood-fired sauna. Cities In Europe, Helsinki, Finland, The Neighbourhood, Public, Neon Signs, City, Wood, Character
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Kotiharjun sauna

This is the city’s last, public, wood-fired sauna.