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“Nice place with low fun factor”

Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Nice place with low fun factor”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

It has beautiful buildings, and you can find out how Finnish people lived several centuries ago. Interesting place, but I don't imagine that children could enjoy it.

Visited July 2013
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“Quiet with lovely walks”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

We took the 24 bus from Helsinki and arrived at the island about 30 minutes later. Note that if you buy the bus tickets from an automatic machine it costs 2.20 Euros for a single, otherwise it is 2.80 from the driver. The bus deposited us in a small car park and we then walked across a wooden bridge onto the island. The island is open well before the museum so it was quiet and peaceful at first. There are lots of walking trails. There are also WC facilities in several places. A wonderful oasis and well recommended.

Visited August 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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“A gem of a place, especially in winter!!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Seurasaari has quite a few special spots for those who are interested in historic architecture, wood in construction and maybe the so called church boats! Be prepared to walk, or run or hike...the island as a whole takes maybe 45 - 60 min. to walk around, but you need some condition and nice shoes. Don't forget your camera!! Why winter? Because of the light, of the strange feeling of being able to walk on water...i.e. the ice in mid winter and early spring Helsinki will permit you to leave the island itself for a walk on ice!! This gives a whole new aspect the a city landscape and the colours can be astounding; all in shining whites, crystal brightness and every shade of blues any eskimo would be proud to give a name to. There is a spot for nice winter picnics with a fireplace, where you can grill your own sausages or buy them from a small kiosk, if you did not bring you favorite brand along; kids just love this!! The other feature...sorry squirrels; are the local small squirrels, who are quite used to people and can sometimes jump on your hand, if the peanuts or treats are interesting enough (not for the very small children, the claws on the little critters are very tough).
In summer the place can be quite crowded, but you do get a splash of greenery and some original buildings all in wood from very many different parts of Finland. Don't forget to check out the church boats, which were used by whole villages rowing to faraway churches for a Sunday mass. They are unique in shape and style! There are still competitions in rowing boats in Finland. If you are staying for a longer while, do check out some of the crazy, funny, humorous Finnish competitions in the deeper reaches of Finland!! There is some kind of festival, musical event, exhibition or competition in almost anything you can imagine; like rowing church boats, carrying a wife or throwing gum boots or listening to some of world's best early baroque music !!

Visited April 2013
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“History and nature”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

One accesses this open-air museum by a local bus that rides through suburban Helsinki. The ride is about 15-20 minutes. Once there the access to the island-museum is via a woodenbridge and one enters into a previous era of life without electricity, TV or phones and full of hard work. What this place offers is a view of Finland's rural community history. Rural homes and farm-buildings worth saving for their historical value have been rescued and transported to the musuem. They have been retrofitted with authentic furnishings and opened to the public. In the summer guides sit in the properties and chat with visitors about the place.
The buildings are all wood and of architectural and historical value--all well documented. The place is also used as a walking area by locals because it strives to maintain native vegetation. There are two small cafes for refreshments. Definitely worthwhile visiting if you want to see more than the city and get to know more about te country itself.

Visited July 2013
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Venice, Italy
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“One of my fav places in Mr Helsinki”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Lovely island, and great place to be close to nature and to have a walk between squirrels, trees and nice views.

Visited October 2012
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