Seeing Helsinki from the air, I said…
We have arrived into a proper winter.
We were so eager to explore the attractions of the city and now we are happy to share in the post our W😍W trip in the capital of Finland.
Strolling through the city
Helsinki is an eye-catching city and its sights are almost within a walking distance. We noticed that there are many wonderful places to see.
Railway Station is a fairly typical station inside, but what makes it really spectacular is the clock tower and the two pairs of statues holding the spherical lamps outside. We found out that it was chosen as one of the world’s most beautiful railway stations by BBC in 2013.
Tuomion Kirkko or Helsinki Cathedral is a white and impressive Lutheran Church, with beautiful green domes and astonishing architecture. It is probably Helsinki’s best-known and most admired symbol. We liked the cathedral and the view from its steps that lead down to the Senate Square and the Statue of Alexander II.
Uspenski Cathedral, is the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe. The red brick facade, green roof and the golden cupolas make it a quite special church. Stepping inside, we felt a peaceful and contemplative atmosphere.
It was nice that we could take photos and videos with our drone from this place.
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The SkyWheel is the newest landmark of the city. We couldn’t enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the sea from this sky wheel because it was closed.
Experiencing the tram sightseeing tour
We found out that an exciting way to enjoy Helsinki beauty on cold days is with the tram. We purchased day-tickets and started our tour with tram 2 that is recommended for sightseeing and then for architectural tour we took tram 4. So, for a whole hour we saw the city in the warmth 😊
As the public transportation system in Helsinki is very good, we used it to visit other amazing tourists’ attractions that are not located in the center.
Temppeliaukio Church, known as a Rock Church because in fact is built into rock. When we entered in the church it was a really special ambiance, something different from other churches that we visited. It was very peaceful and spiritual… This was lovely!
Sibelius monument, located in the Park with the same name. It is made from silver tubes of various sizes that evoke the pipes of an organ. Near the monument is the bust of Sibelius. It is a noticeable and unusual monument.
After our walk through the park we managed to find near to the water, the lovely Café Regatta.
The hot chocolate was really yummy 😋
Going to Hokey Match
Finland is one of the world’s leading Ice Hockey nations and it has been consistently ranked among the best teams in international hockey.
Being in Helsinki we wanted to not only see the main tourist attractions, but also experience what Finnish people do and so, we decided to buy tickets for an ice hockey match, knowing also that hockey is the most popular sport in Finland.
We bought the ticket from Helsinki Ice Hall, with one hour before the hockey game HIFK vs Ilves starts.
The arena was almost full and the atmosphere was awesome.
The match ended with the score 3-0 for HIFK.
It was our first time at an ice hockey match and it will remain a memorable experience. We are going to include it in the list “living like locals”.
In the end…we can say that we didn’t see a match… in fact we saw a show.👍👍👍
Helsinki is a really interesting place to visit and we hope you like it … So we will be happy to know about your experience in Helsinki! 🤗