An architectural walking tour of Helsinki, Finland

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
Frank Gehry

Helsinki is a vibrant, dynamic city so rich in history and clearly one of the world’s best design centers for many good reasons. It has so much to offer!

I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the Finnish capital last year and just fell under its charm right from the moment I set foot.

What impressed me the most is that it is architecturally beautiful! Everywhere I looked I was amazed at the buildings, colors and styles.  I just could not stop taking pictures of everything in sight!

I’d like to take you on an architectural walking tour and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did :)

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Uspenski Cathedral

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Helsingin kaupungintalo / Helsinki City Hall

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Government Palace

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At the corner

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Yellow building

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Orange building

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Brown building

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Shining bright

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View of Senator Square and Helsinki Cathedral

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Senator Square / Helsinki Cathedral

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Helsinki Cathedral

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Kamppi Square

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Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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Kamppi Subway Station

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Stockmann Department Store

Even coffee shops are stylish that I couldn’t help but capture a few of them. They are so inviting that it makes you want to go inside and get drink on the spot ;)

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Café Lastpalatsi

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Ombar

Can you believe that I took this picture after 10 p.m?

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Admiring the Finnish sky

I was in the land of the midnight sun! It is quite an amazing experience let me tell you. What better way to end my day ;)

Have you traveled to a city just for its architecture? 

Where was it or where would you like to go?

Tell me all about it :)

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12 thoughts on “An architectural walking tour of Helsinki, Finland

    • Ah my friend, you just HAVE to go!

      What a fab city it is ;) Wish I had stayed longer but sure enjoyed every minute. Can’t wait to go back

      Thank you for the compliment about my photos. Happy you liked them. More to come ;)

    • Hi Christina!

      Well as the name states it is a very quiet place where you can go gather your thoughts & recharge energies in the middle of a busy area!

      Isn’t the shape just stunning? I was in awe when i saw it! Captured it & touched it of course.

      Sadly it was closed when i got there but it must be nice inside! Next time maybe ;)

      • What an interesting idea! I guess I assumed it was a church. This also means you have to go back so that you can see the inside and try it out so as to recharge your travel batteries! :)

      • It is a church dear! I was there after it closed so didn’t get to see the interior.

        I was beating jet lag by walking all over the city ;)

        I’m totally going back and another thing I must try is going to a real Finnish sauna ;)

  1. I love architecture everywhere I go: bulidings, streets, castles, churches… I also take million photographs of everything I see. Love the photos and the one after 10 pm is amazing, I also experienced the midnight sun in Norway, it’s amazing.

    • That’s so great to hear Ana!

      I love seeing a new city and look in many directions!

      Helsinki is just so photogenic that you take pics to you ♥ content!

      Even if i was jetlagged i was determined to see as much as possible and that midnight sun was a spectacular experience!

      I’m happy you lived in Norway. Must go there someday too.

      Thank you for stopping by ;)

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