I was in Tallinn with friends and after they left to continue on their travels I decided to jump on the ferry to Helsinki. I was tempted by unknown destination, my first Scandinavian country and the fact that it was only 2hrs ferry ride from Tallinn. Wanted to see how much the architecture and cuisine was influenced by the closest of Russia, walk the streets check out cute coffee shops and admire famed Finnish design.
On the ferry from Tallinn.
Building of Helsinki Central railway station. It was designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1909.
Monument by Eila Hiltunen in the Sibelius park.
The world famous composer Jean Sibelius’ (1865-1957).
Monument resembles organ pipes and is made of welded steel.
It is built of over 600 pipes and weighs 24 tons.
Best views over the city are from the Altajee bar found via a skinny, windy, circular staircase at the top of the Torni hotel.
Superb views in very direction.
Inside Helsinki Central railway station.
The Rock church (Temppeliaukio). The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams.
Beautiful design by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen.
Navis Republicae by Lennart Segerstrale.
There is a very extensive exhibition of work and life of designer Eero Aarnio at the moment. Cannot miss it when in Helsinki.