Here are a few things that you might consider doing while visiting Helsinki.
- Jean Sibelius Monument The monument was created by the female Finnish sculptor Eila Hiltunen (1922-2003) after a competition held after Sibelius passing in 1957. It was the winning submission and it caused much debate at the time because it was originally an abstract piece and some of the population wanted a more realistic sculpture. This resulted in the addition of a bust of Sibelius in his younger more productive age.
- Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) Sumenlinna, or as it is called in Swedish, Sveaborg was built by Sweden (Finland was then a part of the Kingdom of Sweden) over a number of years, construction started in 1748 and there were parts of it that were finished rapidly and others were never quite finished according to what the plans were. At the time when the building of Sveaborg or as it then was called in Finnish, Viapori, started; Helsinki had only a population of about 2,000 people. The fortress was built on six islands just outside the inlet to Helsinki, and it was built to establish a Naval base for the Swedish Navy to protect Sweden from Russian aggression and expansion. The fortress was surrendered by Sweden to Russia in 1808 after a war between the two nations and that event was followed by the Russian occupation of Finland that lasted until 1917 when the Russian revolution gave Finland it’s independence. The fortress was renamed Suomenlinna (Finland’s Castle) in 1918 for Finnish national patriotic reasons.
- Linnanmäki Amusement Park or in Swedish, Borgbacken (Castle Hill) is situated on top of a hill on the Northern side of and overlooking Central Helsinki. It is a beautiful park and has a number of rides, some for smaller children and others that cater to the older ones. The park is owned by a non profit group for children, Childrens Day Foundation. There is no entrance fee, you pay for the rides, which seems like a very fair way of doing things.