Take the tram!
So let us introduce you to the tram route 4. It runs from the Art Nouveau district Katajanokka, through the city center and ends up in northern Helsinki, Munkkiniemi district.
Near to the final stop of tram 4 is Café Torpanranta which is a popular place for locals and tourists to have a coffee break and enjoy a view to the sea. In winter time you can take delight in hot drinks and soup when watching skiers, skaters and wind surfers on the ice. Café Torpanranta is open daily year round, except for Christmas and Midsummer eves and a couple of other public holidays, check the website www.torpanranta.fi
The Aalto House and Studio Aalto
Two buildings central to architect Alvar Aalto’s life and career are located in the Munkkiniemi district. The Aalto House at Riihitie 20 was designed to be Aalto’s home and architectural office in 1935-36. A short walk from tram stop.
Studio Aalto at Tiilimäki was designed between 1954 and 1955. The studio is a short walk away from the Aalto House, so visit them both. Remember to check the opening hours from the Helsinki Card brochure or Alvar Aalto Foundation website www.alvaraalto.fi
Prices: 15/6 € with Helsinki Card. Normal price for a single ticket: 17/8€
Olympic Stadium Tower
Visit the 72-metre-tall Stadium Tower and admire the city landscape of Helsinki high above. Short walk from tram stop. Get to know the Olympic Stadium which was the main venue for The Olympic Games in 1952, and is still in active use. Also visit the Sport Museum of Finland located in the same building and see the highlights of Finland’s sports history.
Prices: 3/1€ with Helsinki Card. Normal price for a single ticket: 5/2 €.
Cafe and restaurant of Lasipalatsi building
The ground floor of Lasipalatsi is a cozy cafe in the very heart of Helsinki. Lunch and other delicious products are served all day long, from the early breakfast to late evening snack. On the second floor of the building is a true Finnish restaurant, Restaurant Lasipalatsi. The restaurant is the heart and soul of this 75-years old functionalist building designed in 1930’s. Lucky you if they happen to have one of their theme weeks when you visiting! Moreover they always serve Finnish fish, meat, mushrooms and berries, straight from the local producers.
Minna Parikka Universum
One of the best known designers in Finland, Minna Parikka, has a concept store in Aleksanterinkatu. Experience this surrealism, playful and colourful universum of Minna Parikka. Buy or window-shop the shoes which have glamorized the feet of such big names as Lady Gaga, Fergie, Paloma Faith and Beth Ditto.
This Orthodox cathedral is set upon a hillside on the Katajanokka. The Cathedral is claimed to be the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. Its name origins from slavonic word uspenie which means the Dormition. Church is closed on Mondays wintertime.
Finnair Sky Wheel
Finnair SkyWheel provides a 360-degrees view to the city and its maritime attractions. This wheel is operating year-round due to its acclimatized cabins. For opening hours and other information, visit the website www.skywheel.fi/fi
Price: 10/7,5 € with Helsinki Card. Normal price 12/9€.
Public transport in Helsinki is easy, safe and fun! Trams are the best way to move around if you want to see the scenery and easily hop on and off. Travelling one whole tram route usually takes about an hour. Hop on where ever you want and you’ll be back in that same spot just after one hour! Tram tickets cost 3 € and they are valid for 1 hour. If you have a Helsinki Card, you can travel all day for free.