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Fortress of Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki, Finland
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Ranked #3 of 147 attractions in Helsinki
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Castles, Military Museums
Traveler Description: Suomenlinna Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Helsinki This is one of the reasons why a few hundred years ago the capital of Finland was transferred from... more »
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New Westminster, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This location shows how the Finns (and/or Swedes) were able to protect from incoming ships. The bunkers are hidden under roofs of grass so from the water you can't see them but there are plenty to see from the land side. Lots of corridors leading into other holding areas. The walls are so thick that you wonder how they did... More

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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Not really too much to see or do personally speaking but it does offer a nice alternative of things to do in Helsinki, along with a pleasant 10 minutes or so ferry ride giving a different perspective of Helsinki. Just be advised to wear sensible and comfortable foot wear like trainers for example.

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It is interesting to visit but nothing really gripping to see. Going there and back allows you to see some of the Helsinki harbour area and islands and that is worthwhile

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Naantali, Finland
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253 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

After visiting almost 40 different countries, it's great to see that there are these kind of places in your home country. Ferries are leaving in every 20mins or so from Main Market Square(Kauppatori) and you can buy cheap tickets from booth, machines or phone. There are different kind of tickets, depending how long you wanna stay or do you wanna... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Accessed via a ferry from the harbour, this island is of historical interest. One of the must do things if you come to Helsinki. Still used as a military centre, the history of the island is everywhere and worthy of a few hours visit, especially if the weather is good. It has its own brewery and there are several places... More

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Durban, South Africa
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A trip to Suomenlinna on a summer's day is perfect. There are two easy ways to get there in summer- the JT line or the Sunlines ferry. Both are found at the Market Square and run frequently. Set aside at least 4 hours for the visit. There are a number of cafes and museums to visit, great picnic spots and... More

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Essen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

During high season lots of peple on the island, some to have picnic with more or less alcohol. Quite touristic and little more than average prices in bars and cafes. There is a beach (small) with 2 cabins to chance, so if sunny and hot, why not take a little swim? Great sights on passing ferries and ships from some... More

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Toronto, Canada
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beware of seagulls is my only complaint, they are vicious and will do anything for your food. I had one swoop down while i was midbite and snatch my sandwich from me. Lovely island with tons of charm and beauty. Easy to get to via ferry and fun for all ages. The beach is super tiny so dont expect to... More

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Calgary, Canada
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46 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We took the local ferry (HSL), very reasonable and runs often about every 20 minutes. Nice ride, wonderful views, and short crossing to get to this beautiful and historic island. We loved walking on the cobble stones and taking pictures of the unique buildings, the fort, water birds and many geese on the grasses! Although we had the map to... More

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Warsaw
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The adventure start in main market in Helsinki. Y have to take a ferry (water tram) to Suomenlinna. Y can plan 3 hours for fortress islands or ... all day :). History and fresh open air - Y find here both of this together. If it's Your first time here take a trip with tour-leader. Y can recognise long and... More

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