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“Fortress for walking”

Fortress of Suomenlinna
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Ranked #1 of 317 things to do in Helsinki
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Start your trip with a ferry ride from the Market Square. For a short 11mins, you get a feel of sea breeze that is just refreshing. As you start walking in Suomenlinna, try not to "follow the flow". Go your own way and you will discover so much more.

Make sure you have good walking shoes when you visit Suomenlinna. Be considerate when you see signs to respect the privacy of residents. Be aware also that a island prison exists in Suomenlinna. Beware of your bounderies. If you see guards walking around, it's not only for general security, but also for that added facility in the island.

Prices of food and drinks are generally outrageously expensive. If you don't mind bringing a picnic basket along, you will do so much better on your trip. There is this little cafe near the submarine that almost looks like a tree house. It's quaint and has a homey feeling. You may want to check it out.

If you are interested to see ships passing by the island on a closer view... up close and personal, the amfitheater looking structure at the edge of the island is the best place to be around 1710 to 1745. See Viking Line's and Silja Line's ships heading towards Sweden. On a peak summer season, see some bigger luxury ships too. They may not pass the exact path as that of Viking and Silja, but close enough.

For the walking freak and the admirer of the seas... Suomenlinna is worth the visit.

Thank vict0randr0se
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

I've been here a few times. At a friends wedding, at a company fun-day etc. It's a really beautiful place and has a nice church, nice places to eat and places to just relax.

Thank BobReh
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

:Supposedly Helsinki's top tourist attraction, I didn't find it all that interesting, though perhaps the drizzly weather had something to do with it. The surprise attraction was a modern art gallery close by the ferry dock!

Thank thasler
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We spent the day with Finnish friends at Suomenlinna, we walked around and looked into various battlements and monuments, it was a lovely day in the sun, capped off by a nice lunch on the island. Deff worth the trip if you need a quite day

Thank Rhys25
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Reaching is fast, easy and cheap. We landed on a chilly and sunny day. It turned ut to be the most beautiful part of our visit. Very pretty, it gave us some extremely beautiful pictures. There is enough to eat in different restaurants. Just reach the information centre and you can do everything on your own, though they do have walking tours. They've got a movie showcasing the history very effectively.
An absolute must do! Bundle up properly, it can get very windy.

Thank JammyIndia
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