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“Finish bath culture in interesting building”

Yrjonkadun Swimming Hall
Ranked #2 of 28 Spas & Wellness in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Facility offers several varieties of sauna and a splendid art deco pool.
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Finish bath culture in interesting building”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

When travelling to different cities it is interesting to visit local baths and take part in the local tradition. In Istanbul you can try hamam bath, in Helsinki you can visit Yrjonkadun Swimming Hall.
Lucky me, I was there on a Sunday and Sundays are for women only. This setup with different opening hours for men and women creates a calm and relaxed athmosphere.
On upper level there are simple cabins with a resting bed to change in along a gallery with a view of the pool. Here you can sit and relax and order something to eat and drink.
Nudity is a natural part of the whole visit, you swim naked in the 25m pool which is a special feeling, but since some years swimming suits are now allowed. Then you can try different kinds of saunas, electric and wood heated dry ones and steam sauna with eucalyptus sent.
The architecture in 1920th classicism is interesting in itself. The rectangular pillars in two levels ending with a roman vault in a bluegrey stone has a harschness in its beauty which gives me vibes of fascistic architecture,

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Inake
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381 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“A classic.”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

This is an absolute gem of Finnish architecture and culture, and should not be missed. Every visitor to this part of the world should try a sauna anyway, it is such a feature of local life. The swimming is clothes optional (different days for men and women) but no-one minds if you keep your swimsuit on. During my visit most people did. One American reviewer noted that her husband felt there was a distinct gay vibe here and had to beat a hasty retreat; I detected no such vibe myself, and might I suggest this gentleman's discomfort may well say more about him than it does about this beautiful and uniquely Finnish experience.

Visited February 2013
4 Thank dr_iggy
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A little gift to myself...”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

In my free time in Helsinki i decided to have a little gift to myself... so i searched in Tripadvisor and found this spa. Great service and most of all i visited it cause i am a big fan of swimming. Also i enjoyed the sauna. JUST PERFECT!

Visited February 2013
2 Thank Kimm M
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Lahti, Finland
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Naked swimming”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Historical spa with service into private cabins.
Every other day for males and females.
Different kind of traditional saunas.

Visited February 2013
3 Thank PepiFinland
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Helsinki, Finland
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202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a old spa like public swim hall right in the centre of Helsinki. There is terms for men and women and yes, you can also swim naked. Nice saunas and really well located. Pop in, highly recommed!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank IrmaLiberty
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