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Helsinki Travel Guide - Sights to See
Transportation: Trams, buses and a new subway. One day ticket is available. Special Tram 3T makes a figure 8 through the heart of the city and is a general city tour but is not too interesting. Taxis are expensive.

Mannerheim Museum: The home of Baron Gustaf Mannerhelm, Finland's former field marshall and president. You'll see his collection of furniture, art, and personal items. 14 Kallionlinnantie. Fri/Sat/Sun ll-3 PM.

Parliament: Red, Finnish granite building for all political parties... from 1931.

The Cathedral: Green domed 19th c. cathedral on Senate Square... dominates the skyline of Helsinki. This is Helsinki's most famous landmark.

Art Museum of the Ateneum: The largest art gallery in the country... foreign masters. Daily 9-5. Sat/Sun 11-5. Not a first rate collection.

Seurasaari Open Air Museum: In a national park on the island of Seurasaari... a cluster of 10 homesteads, a 17th c. church... a preview of old Finland. From Erottaja, take bus 24 to the island... about 15 minutes. Daily. All of Scandinavia is very big on "open air museums".

Suomenlina Fortress: Known as the Gibraltar of the north, this 18th c. fortress lies in the archipelago, guarding the approach to Helsinki. Frequent ferry service from Market Square. Daily 11-5.

Market Square: This is the most colorful area of Helsinki... morning stands set up for everything... vegetables, crafts, fish... and especially people watching. Located right at the harbor. This will be perhaps, the most casual that you'll see the Finns.

Helsinki by sea: Very popular harbor cruise departing at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM... lasts 1 1/2 hour. Departures and tickets at Market Square. Very worthwhile.

Zoo Ferry: From Market Square, walk north 2 blocks to the Zoo Ferry... clearly marked. The ferry ticket includes admission to the zoo.

Temppeliaukio Church: 2 blocks from National Museum... quarried from a mountain and only the roof is visible from the outside. Excellent Finnish architecture.

Olympic Stadium: Helsinki hosted the Games in 1952. The stadium is impressive with a tower for an excellent view of the city and archipelago. Trolley 3,4,10.

Tapiola Garden City: A model community... a self-contained city within a city... 6 miles west of Helsinki. Bus from Bus Station, marked Tapiola.
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