The magnificent historical centre is a great example of 19th century architecture. The Senate Square offers a view of the impressive Helsinki Cathedral, which towers above the square and the main building of the Helsinki University, the National Library and the Government Palace. In the middle of the square is a statue of the czar Alexander II.
The Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Northern Europe dominates the eastern skyline of the city centre. The nearby Presidential Palace, created by C.L. Engel, was once the residence of the Russian Czar and Grand Duke of Finland on his visits to the town.
The Ateneum Art Museum, the Finnish National Gallery, and the contemporary Kiasma art museum are both cultural sites worth seeing.
Of course, we cannot miss A. Aalto’s Finlandia Hall, which houses a concert hall and a conference centre. The impressive Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church is a must-see, the church is carved into a solid rock and combines both high technology and a close relation to the nature in it´s architecture. A short pause is made to see the monument of the famous Finnish composer Sibelius, situated in Sibeliuspuisto park.
Another important landmark we'll visit is the Olympic Stadium, designed in functionalist style. The Helsinki Olympic Games were held in 1952. We'll make a pause at the bustling Market Square, where you can catch a glimpse of the busy, everyday life in the unique Old Market Hall, do some shopping or have a coffee break.
The tour ends in the city centre or, if you prefer, we can take you back to the pier.
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