Nouveau ideas – boldly modernist architecture

Nouveau ideas Helsinki’s architecture offers many examples of turn of the century Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) and the classicism that followed. These styles can be studied in numerous public buildings. The National Museum, the National Theatre, and Eliel Saarinen’s Central Railway Station are some of the landmarks of this period. Of the original interiors that still […]

Towards metropolitanism

The hectic construction that took place in the closing decades of the nineteenth century is evident nearly everywhere in central Helsinki. Four- and five-storey commercial buildings and residential blocks were erected on Pohjoisesplanadi, Bulevardi, and Erottaja, designed in a style that emulated the architecture of Vienna and Berlin. The so-called period of Eclecticism produced many […]

Architecture in Helsinki – A mixture of east and west

What does Helsinki have to offer visitors interested in architecture? Both architecturally and culturally, Helsinki is an idiosyncratic mix of eastern and western influence. The main theatres, museums, and concert halls are all centrally located, and many public and commercial buildings manifest outstanding architectural quality. HELSINKI IS YOUNGER and smaller than most of the other […]

Explore architectural showpieces

Throughout Helsinki, you can find outstanding examples of a range of architectural styles from different eras. National Romanticism For instance, the Jugendstil architectural style is showcased beautifully in Helsinki if you know where to look. The romanticism of the art nouveau Jugendstil theme is expressed in the turrets, rural motifs and quirky granite detail of […]

Valentine’s Day in Helsinki

It isn’t Valentines’ Day – it’s Friendship Day For everyone who cringes at the thought of Valentine’s Day, this is a post that will bring you some relief. Finland does not celebrate Valentine’s Day. Nope, no Cupid shooting arrows at lovelorn ladies and gents here.  Instead, the Finns celebrate Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friendship Day”. […]

Helsinki Christmas Market

Update: The Helsinki Christmas Market 2019 is open from December 6th to the 22nd. Opening hours are Tue – Fri 11 am– 8 pm, Sat – Sun 10 am– 8 pm. Closed on Mondays. There will be Christmas Karaoke at the Market on Saturday! The Oldest Christmas Market in Helsinki The Helsinki Christmas market at […]

Finland’s Centenary -Independence Day 2017

Finland’s Centenary Year 2017 is a major milestone for Finland as the country marks 100 years of independence. The year is celebrated through an extensive and varied programme. FINLAND BECAME INDEPENDENT on 6 December 1917 when it rejected its status as an autonomous Grand Duchy of Russia, which it had been since 1809. Before that, the area […]

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