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Helsinki's Esplanade Park mall; Restaurant Kappeli to the right. Image looking toward South Harbor  Market Square and the Katajanokka neighborhood and Uspenski Cathedral. Esplanade Park, Finland, Helsinki
The Northern Esplanade (Pohjoisesplanadi)  is to the left of the image, and the Southern Esplanade (Eteläesplanadi)  to the right. This is located in the center of Helsinki.
CLICK photo for a large image with building information.

HELSINKI: WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL 2012
GOOD LIST OF CURRENT CULTURAL EVENTS & other useful information. ARTS AND CULTURE events.

Helsinki Dome (Helsinki's Lutheran Cathedral) on the Senate Square, center of Helsinki:

Helsinki's Dome a.ka. Helsinki Cathedral

Daytime view of Helsinki Dome, as seen from historic Sofia Street. Restaurant Nuevo's Summer Patio, in the center of Sofia Street.

Helsinki Cathedral ("the Dome") on Helsinki's Senate Square, late October, 2003:

Beautiful sight: Helsinki Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki Dome, glowing in the night. View from Sofia Street, in Helsinki center.

Helsinki, view to Senate Square & the Dome from restaurant Nuevo's patio on Sofia Street.

Helsinki's South Harbor Market Square & Helsinki's famous Havis Amanda Fountain. Back in

Havis Amanda statue at the Helsinki Market Square in the South Harbor. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 - 2010 -

the day, the unveiling of this now beloved statue, a.k.a. "Manta", caused quite a scandal and a stir. Click on photo for a larger, a bit different view.

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Get Helsinki tourist information at City of Helsinki official tourism web site or the Helsinki Tourist Office

Terrific new Helsinki.fi page! Love the layout & beutiful, large header image with some nice HDR enhancing going on there! Good job.

Finnish is a complex, beautiful language. For over 2,000 forms of the Finnish noun for "shop", click Professor Fred Karlsson.

Useful WORDS & PHRASES in English - Finnish

Info about Helsinki Weather or

The CLIMATE IN HELSINKI

Tourism & leisure in Helsinki

For information about Helsinki: HELSINKI EXPERT

Esplanade Park, Runeberg statue. Kämp hotel. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 - 2010 -

Helsinki's Esplanade Park & North Esplanade. Behind the statue of Runeberg, you can see the corner of the Kämp Hotel.


BEST of HELSINKI. Very intresting. Check it out. Comes with information & images.

Warmly recommended:
NORDIC ODDITY "Introducing the most interesting places and coolest happenings in the city." Information on "where to explore, enjoy and ease off - be it shopping, the extraordinary, luxuries, locals, urban legends or the vibrant nightlife one is after. It's like one's best friend from Helsinki guiding you through the multidimensional urban culture."

North Esplanade, Helsinki center:
Helsinki center, North Esplanade and Fabianinkatu corner

Click on image for a much larger view. View: North Esplanade, looking toward Mannerheimintie (Mannerheim Street).


Location: corner of  Pohjoisesplanadi 25-27 (North Esplanade) and Fabianinkatu 12 (Fabian Street).


This Neo-Renaissance building, called the "Grönqvistin buuilding", was built in 1882 and designed by architect Theodor Höijer. The decorative facade was designed by sculptor Karl Magnus von Wright.


The Esplanade Park, which spans from Mannerheimintie Street all the way to the South Harbor Market Square, lies between the North Esplanade and the South Esplanade.


In the center of Helsinki blocks have names. This block is called "Yksisarvinen", "Unicorn".

The neighborhood is called "Kluuvi".

See this vertical panorama on Fine Art America, for sale in sizes up to 30.88" x 108.00".

Various Helsinki brochures in PDF form

For information about Finnish cultural and historical items: Virtual Finland

IN HELSINKI, STREET SIGNS ARE IN FINNISH AND SWEDISH.The Finnish word for " street" is "katu".

Design Helsinki

We do not want to scare you off, but check out: HELSINKI IN THE WINTER

PLEASE VISIT OUR
HELSINKI ARCHITECTURE -PAGE.

MUSEUM OF FINNISH ARCHITECTURE

Midnight, early July. Helsingin kaupungintalo - City Hall, Helsinki. City Hall, Helsinki Helsinki summer at its best. Warm & pretty. Click image for laerger version.

ART & CULTURE INFO & EVENTS & LIST OF EVENTS


A talented, award winning, New York based
FINNISH FILM EDITOR, working in 3 languages.


Check out LUX Helsinki. Cool stuff.

Interested in an image on any of our pages? Please contact us.

Helsinki Harbor around midnight in June. Footbridge from Katajanokka to the South Harbor Market Square. The small

Footbridge from Katajanokka to Market Square, midnight in June. The little cruise ship J.L.L.Runeberg in center. The buildings on Eteläranta in background, including Palace hotel. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 - 2010 -

ship Runeberg makes day cruises to the old & quaint city of Porvoo.

Midnight view, seen from Meritullintori toward the South Harbor. On the left, Katajanokka, with historic warehouse buildings,

Helsinki North Harbor

turned into shops and restaurants + the white Alvar Aalto building. Right, restaurant ship & the Main Guard building.

Esplanade Park Mall, looking toward the South Harbor Market. Beyoynd the market is the Katajanokka neighborhood with its
Esplanade Park, Helsinki, Finland historic buildings, the Uspenskij Cathedral and an Alvar Aalto building.

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Brief history of Helsinki | Second link, even shorter.

Great HELSINKI Map page, also showing the beautiful public islands just off the city center. There is also an aerial photo"-option and an easy "distance measuring option. Very cool.

HELSINKI Center & some surrounding islands. Zoomable map with place names.

Detail of the Helsinki Railway Station.
Detail of Helsinki Railway station. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -

Architect Eliel Saarinen. Helsinki Railway Station detail. Architect Eliel Saarinen. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -

 
Railway_Station_Glass_structures. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -
Helsinki Railway Station plattform with its relatively new glass & metal cover structure.

Helsinki Cathedral (Dome):
Views from House of the Estates. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -

Great view from top of the Dome steps toward
Views from Helsinki Cathedral. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -
Aleksanterinkatu.

Great Helsinki view: top of Dome (Cathedral) steps:
City view from Helsinki Dome. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -

House of The Estates in Helsinki.
House of the estates, Helsinki. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -

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LOST? Great HELSINKI STREET MAP
Fantastic: Type in any street address and the exact location will be circled on the map.

There is also an aerial photo"-option and an easy "distance measuring option. Very cool.

The map also shows the beautiful public islands just off the city center.

One more, printable, MAP No excuse to get lost now. :-)

Got any money left? SHOPPING MAP
Hover over the dots on the map, and it will display the name of a store / business. If you click on a dot, information with the exact street address, telephone number and URL for the business will show in a dialog box. Nice.
It also has a "photo" option, showing you photos of different targets, like architectural sites. Hover over the text tag on the upper right corner of the map, and the tag will open up to give you more options, like displaying photos on the map. Click on the image and it will enlarge.

MORE SHOPPING RESOURCES

Terrific interactive Helsinki CULTURAL map, that shows you options like museums, buildings (like where the railway station is) & other cultural spots, like dance schools, etc.
Hover over or click on the dots on the map.
It also has a "photo" option, showing you photos of different targets, like architectural sites.
Hover over the text tag on the upper right corner of the map, and the tag will open up to give you more options, like displaying photos on the map. Click on the image and it will enlarge.

The shopping map above does not list every  new shop or boutique. For trendier shopping / brands & occasional unique finds, we recommend
walking along Uudenmaankatu, Fredrikinkatu & Eerikinkatu (katu = street).  Periodically, these shops have great sales. Check out these examples:

The Helsinki Government Palace, peeking out between the Helsinki Cathedral pillars.
Government_Palace_btw_Dome_pillars. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -

The National Theater building, as seen from the
side entry steps to the Helsinki Railway Station.
National_Theater_Building_Helsinki. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -

ASUNA Fredrikinkatu 24,
00120 Helsinki, Tel (09) 611 543  
second link


GAUDETE (Fredrikinkatukatu 35,
00120 Helsinki, Tel (09) 608 635

SAMUJI - two locations:
SAMUJI ESPA - Pohjoisesplanadi 37, 00100 Helsinki
Tel +358 40 140 3280, Email: espa@samuji.com

SAMUJI EROTTAJA Erottajankatu 9, 00130 Helsinki
Tel +358 40 350 7976, Email: erottaja@samuji.com
Samuji on fb

Also check out, in different location:
BEAMHILL Yliopistonkatu 5, 00100
Helsinki, Tel +358 (0)9 622 2653

Helsinki Senate Square summer carnival, Helsinki Dome a.k.a. Helsinki Cathedral.
Helsinki cathedral a.k.a. Helsinki Dome,
watching over the festivities.

Helsinki South Harbor in the winter. View over the bay, toward Katajanokka neigborhood. The widely disliked white;"Enso house" by Alvar Aalto partly blocks the view of the South Harbor view in the winter. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 - 2010 -
Uspenski Cathedral at left.


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The "HELSINKI DESIGN DISTRICT" -link  gives you the addresses of several different shops in the Punavuori / Center area. Clothes, design, interior, jewelry, etc.



CHECK OUT THE NEW


If department stores are your thing, check out STOCKMANN, "Helsinki's Bloomingdale's".



TIRED OF SHOPPING?  Go visit the HISTORIC SUOMENLINNA (Sveaborg) FORTRESS ISLANDS
- A popular destination even among locals.

HELSINKI'S MAJOR SWEDISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER, HUFVUDSTADTSBLADET



HELSINKI'S MAJOR FINNISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER, HELSINGIN SANOMAT, in English.



Great Images from Suomenlinna Fortress Island

Helsinki center, as seen from Torni. We are looking over Mannerheim Street, over the Old Student house (green cupola), over the Railway Station
Helsinki_City_View_From_Torni. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -
toward kaisaniemi Park, Kruununhaka, Hakaniemi and Kallio. The Kallio church tower, can be seen in the background, at left.

View from Särkkä island pier, after dinner at Särkänlinna restaurant. Looking at Suomenlinna fortress island (which Särkkä is a part of) shore line and its old lighthouse. Incredible light blue light of a Nordic midsummer night Suomenlinna panorama, midsummer night, Helsinki

This panorama of Helsinki's South Harbor is taken from Palace Hotel, which closed on Nov.1, 2009. What a shame!  This was our favorite Hotel in Helsinki. No other hotel has these views, or views compared to these.  In the image, you can see the SILJA LINE and VIKING LINE overnight ferries from Helsinki to Stockholm far right on both sides of the harbor. (Not the small ship in the front, which apparently was some sort of a small cruise ship).
Panorama of South Harbor. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 - 2010 -
It takes 2.87 years to swim from New York to Helsinki. You endure extreme cold, eat uncleaned raw fish and garbage from passing ships and drink salt water. Forget about luggage. We found a better way. FINNAIR, which in exchange for money (rates fluctuate seasonally), flies you directly from JFK to Helsinki-Vantaa in seven hours, give or take. They also carry your luggage. Their food is better than garbage. Another choice is SAS, from Newark to Helsinki via either Stockholm or Copenhagen. Other airlines also offer one stop service through various cities. The Finnish word for "airplane" is "lentokone".

Helsinki rooftop view: Helsinki South Harbor, Market Square, the Dome, Town Hall, to Finland's Presidential Palace, Uspenski Cathedral in Katajanokka neighborhood. This image is taken from the Terrace Bar of the now closed Palace Hotel, where the staff was friendly, professional and hospitable.  We thought of it as our home in Helsinki.
View from Palace Bar Terrace, toward the Market Square & Katajanokka. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 - 2011 -

Click image for a huge and a bit different image / view, with information about the area and the different buildings.
Click for a really cool 360 degree panorama of the South Harbor w. the Market Square. On the site, click the "Terrace of restaurant Palace" option.

WHERE TO GO in HELSINKI? WHAT TO DO in HELSINKI?

Feed your kids to the animals atthe
HELSINKI ZOO  ... and then turn
yourself in to the FINNISH POLICE


FOR MUSIC VENUES, CHECK OUT:
CLUBS & BARS IN HELSINKI

Other NOTEWORTHY LINKS
to Helsinki's music scene

VISIT  ETERNAL ERECTION,
A FINE FINNISH BAND


To hear a Finnish radio station, click HERE, then select a station. The Finnish word for "Finland" = "Suomi".

TIME in Helsinki. ("time" = aika").




THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2007 was hosted by the City of HELSINKI.


The cute Finnish "Monster" hard rock band LORDI won the Eurovision song contest in 2006.


The Euro fluctuates. A good Currency Converter.


The Finnish word for "money" = "raha".



Our favorite way to get around in the center area of Helsinki is to walk. But sometimes you need to use something faster than your feet. Information about Helsinki Public Transportation: TRAMS, BUSES, the METRO, or a CAR RENTAL
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Katarina, a shipboard Cafe in Helsinki's South Harbour. The Presidential Palace can be seen behind the front & center
Cafe Katarina ship in the South Harbor of Helsinki. Presidentialpalace in background. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 -
masts of the ship. Uspenski Cathedral sits high above the ugly Aalto building, reminding all of us of a more gracious era in architecture.

Summer night in Helsinki around midnight in June. The bridge to Katajanokka neighborhood, leads from the South Harbor to
Bridge to Katajanokka, over canal. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 -
the North Haror. The Presidential Palace can be partly seen the to the far left of the image.


Katajanokka, facing Helsinki's North Harbor. Click for larger view. Early 20th century architecture on Katajanokka.Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 -




 

The Helsinki Cathedral, night view as seen from a side streetHelsinki Cathedral in Night Light. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 -

My Best Helsinki is sponsored in part by
GelberLaw: Lawrence R. Gelber, Securities Attorney


For places to eat in Helsinki,
see our restaurant reviews,
information and links on:

RESTAURANT PAGE 1  

RESTAURANT PAGE 2

RESTAURANT PAGE 3



The Finnish word for: "food" is "ruoka".
"restaurant" is "ravintola".
And, in Finnish, "bar" = "baari",
"music" = "musiikki", club" = "klubi",
"band" = "bändi".   Easy, right?

Check out: MORE HELPFUL WORDS


For beautiful cityscapes, great building & city photos with information, etc., please visit: HELSINKI ARCHITECTURE




Check out: Laila Hyttinen - Couple and Family Therapy in Helsinki.


Visit: Marcus Sandell, the talented Finnish Alpine skier


Need to have flowers delivered in Helsinki?
We have found these two flower stores good, friendly & efficient:
Etelärannan Kukka
SAKURA, Munkkivuoren Kukkakauppa


Helsinki Cathedral, a.k.a. the Dome.
Side view of the Dome in Helsinki.
Click to enlarge.


We are continuously upgrading all pages on My Best Helsinki with photos, links and text. We strive to keep all links in working order. If
you notice a defect, or have suggestions or questions, we would love to receive your e-mail. We hope you enjoy My Best Helsinki. Thank you.
Reflections along Mannerheimintie. Photo & pop-up photo © R.C. Candolin-Gelber 1999 - 2010 -

My Best Helsinki: 15 pages of Helsinki photos, numerous links to Helsinki sights, restaurants, hotels, shopping, culture, transportation, etc:


WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE LARGE WATERMARKS ON OUR PHOTOS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY OUR PHOTOS HAVE BEEN STOLEN A LOT, ESPECIALLY THE "HELSINKI SOPHIA STREET DOME"- PHOTO ON TOP OF THIS PAGE. KINDLY REMEMBER: