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Fortress of Suomenlinna, Helsinki
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Visit World Heritage Site Fortress of Suomenlinna to see a sea fortress built on a collection of six islands. This ruggedly beautiful spot is a favorite among both locals and tourists. The fortress was built in 1748 and inhabited by Swedes and Russians until 1918, when it became a part of independent Finland. View the impressive fortified structure, constructed by the Swedish crown to withstand attacks from 18th-century Russia (who eventually overtook the islands in 1808). Nowadays the site supports a town with civilian inhabitants and draws visitors from the mainland of Finland. Using our international travel planner, Helsinki attractions like Fortress of Suomenlinna can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you visit Helsinki, you can't come here. Short route by ferry and then a morning to see it all. It is said that in winter the ocean freezes and you can walk ...
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  • Be in Helsinki and Suomenlinna fortress not a luxury! Get to it very easily. The ferry runs every 20 minutes, tickets for which cost 5 euro roundtrip. Upon arrival at the entrance take the free guide and go! It is best to move the blue signs to Royal gate, and from there slowly looking into all corners of the fortress, to return. The Museum of the fortress of excursions in Russian, where you can buy souvenirs and snacks. But be prepared to stand in queues in kafeshkah, because people are moving a never-ending stream, even in October, when we were there. But it's the little things compared to the pleasure of seeing! No wonder the fortress is included in the list of UNESCO!
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  • Suomenlinna is a perfect place to spend a sunny summer day. Pack your picnic basket and find yourself a spot on one of the several parks. You can pay the ferry with the bus card. Also included in the ...  more »
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  • Beautiful island. The ferry from Helsinki just costs 5euro for return tickets. Visitors information centre right next to the pier. Staff in the centre knows different languages and there are maps with introduction with dofferent languages. Old island with amazing views.
  • The Fortress is spread over four separate little islands about 15 minute boat ride from the Kauppatori port in Helsinki at a cheaper cost. It's a great place to go and just wonder about. Russians used these place as fort, army base to rule Finland.
  • Beautiful islands with many nice houses. There are residents living on the island. Recommend to visit it in summer.
  • Helsinki's decommissioned sea fortress turned into a UNESCO World Heritage site full of picnics, games, theatre, sunbathers, dogs, children and tourists. Lots of places to explore on your own or drop into the museum(s) to get a better perspective of the region's history. A popular destination in the summertime for sure. Accessible by ferry all year round. No more horse and carriage on the frozen Baltic sea.
  • Nice place. Lot to see. So many pokemons