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President's Palace (Presidentinlinna)

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Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 1, Helsinki 00170, Finland
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Humble and yet important

The palace is centrally located at a convenient location overlooking the water. It is quite modest as a presidential palace. It is interesting to note that the President has to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 30, 2016
Alice Man Kwan C
Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

The palace is centrally located at a convenient location overlooking the water. It is quite modest as a presidential palace. It is interesting to note that the President has to share hands continuously for two or three hours just to shake hands with guests for the annual event and Finnish people would follow the event closely.

Thank Alice Man Kwan C
Oakham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

This is an elegant building on the north side of Esplanadi overlooking Market Square. I could not find Market Square on TA so will review both here. The palace was built in the early 19th century as a merchants house but was soon acquired by Tsar Nicholas 1. It became a hospital in WW1 and was the official residence of... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016

The president castle is located in the Pohjoisesplanadi near the market square. Take a walk to the market square and have a coffee in the warm tent. Maybe you will see our good president there.

Thank Eero N
Provincetown, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2016

The palace is located across from the harbor with a magnificent view of the water. The building is impressive and elegant although not ornate or spectacular. As with many of the old buildings in Helsinki, it has a rich history. Dating back to the mid nineteenth century, it played a significant role in Finland's Tsarist Russian history. Used by the... More 

Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2015

Although I was not impressed by other buildings in Finland and although this palace seems to be plain compared to other palaces I visited in Europe, still it was an elegant one, especially after the equally elegant City Hall. Of course it is no Versailles or Schoen Brunn, but it is its simple architecture and nicely chosen colour which attracted... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015

I am afraid this is one palace that didn't do anything for me, the building looks very bland and not at all impressive considering the other palaces I have seen.

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Palermo, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

An elegant building in a central street in city centre. Look at it from many different perspectives so that you will enjoy it in all its majesty!

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El Jadida, Morocco
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

You can't go in and the building itself is less than inspiring. However, not for Finland the barriers separating the Head of State's palaces that exist in the UK. That's what really strikes one.

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Aland Island, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

With an open market square right in-front of it, it is always busy most of the week. Ferry to suomeliina is also taken from there, a Finnish fortress during the war with Russia. Soldier standing guard all the time in-front of the palace. You can actually get some cheap thing from the erected mobile shops of just have a coffee,... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

The President's Palace is an overstatement as it surrounded both sides by much bigger buildings, Swedish Embassy and Helsinki City Hall. You will recognize this only by paying attention that there are two soldiers inside of the fence. Please, do not wait for changing the quard as there is no ceremony.

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