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“Nice walks in historical fortress”

Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visited Suomenlinna which was an interesting trio of islands (one of it is strictly residential) joined by bridges. We had an amble round, trying to keep to the coastal path, which was nice. We saw massive ferries coming in (perhaps from Tallinn) and the scale of those things was mind boggling!! There are signs which direct you towards the main sights such as the King's Gate, but there are also loads of other paths you can follow. We could have signed up for a walking tour but it was later than we were expecting. Even without being truly aware of the historical significance of the place and what each building was, it was still a really nice place to walk around/ have a picnic etc. We visited early so not a lot of shops/ cafes were open but it was nice as it was quieter (though we did run into groups of tourists now and again). We spent about 2 hours there, but I would imagine if visits to museums were included this would take a much longer time. When we left, there were loads of people just arriving with the ferry so I think we picked a good time to go. There are private boats you can catch from the harbour for about 7 euros which takes you to a different harbour from where the ferry gets in, but there is really no need to pay extra for that as travel on the regular ferry is included in the public transport day tickets (8 euros for 24 hours) which are the best value for travelling around Helsinki. The ferries were pretty frequent as well, so we didn't have to wait long.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

My wife and I had half a day to spare in Helsinki and decided to take a trip to Suomenlinna. The boat takes 20 minutes and the wind can really get up on the boat so wrap up!

The fortress is very peaceful and makes a real contrast to Helsinki. It is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle - and it is a great place to entertain the kids - lots to see and places to run around.

But I saw several people with wheelchairs and they struggled. Most of the roads and paths are made from small round boulders which are uneven. Getting a wheelchair/stroller around the fortress would be hard work.

Thank BertBantham
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This stunning UNESCO site is a mix of heritage buildings and beautiful landscape views a ferry ride from Helsinki. Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

As a Norwegian, I am torn between rooting for the Swedes and thinking "this all led to Finlands freedom". Anyhow, this is a fantastic piece of Nordic history. Yes, there traces of Russian occupation is everywhere, and yes, FInland getting on Russian hands meant Norway was "transferred" from Danish to Swedish rule. But all that is history, and it is all here.

A great day out, rain not withstanding. A lot to see and do. Check out the great brewery restaurant (great beer and a huge Ceasar Salad), then all the history your heart desires in a wonderful setting.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This has been described as the "gibralter" of the North. We visited it to watch the Tall ships going out to sea from Helsinki to Riga, which was a one-off event but any day there would be something to watch from the beach or the cliffs, The suomenlinna museum is worth a visit, we didn't have time to see the Customs museum or Toy museum. We got to and from the island using the ferry which is free with a helsinki travel card, there is also an alternative private water bus which is also cheap. The walk from the north of the fortress area to the south is a pleasant walk, with interesting fortifications, a huge historic dry dock, a nice park and good sea views . There are various good eating places on the island so you can spend a day here

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