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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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  • The ferry from the market square to reach this island with the normal tram ticket in a few minutes. (Departs every 30 minutes). In addition to the many historic buildings places bunkers, etc., invites the island even when the weather to the picnic a. Before the trip, you can get in the nearby old market hall according to provisions. You should allow at least 3-4 hours for the tour
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  • Fortunately we had good weather, so that made the crossing by boat more enjoyable. If you like walking, then it is really wonderful to dwell there and a piece of history. If you go to Helsinki goes then this is definitely a must. It can be pretty blow along the water.
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  • We had a work team get-together in Suomenlinna. It takes some time to get into the island but in the end you can see the interesting historicsl building and the fortress. Suomenlinna has multiple good...  read more »
  • Had a wonderful time traversing the trails at Soumelinna for well over 4 hours yesterday, and we only saw about 2/3 of it all. Exploring the nearly unrestricted inside of the fort was extremely interesting and something that would happen in my home, the US. Instead of converting treacherous paths to perfect little trails with little handrails, you just go for it and walk carefully. On the edge of the main island, there are stunning rocky beaches with huge arrays of wildflowers just inland. On another island, there is what seemed to be a little residential village and a giant church and another still an old administrative building and a colony geese. Super fun and definitely worth visiting.
  • Just a short ferry ride away from the urban part of Helsinki, this island is absolute paradise. It is one of those places you could easily spend days exploring and still find more to do. Whether you want to eat at classy cafes, read about the history of the sea fortress, or get some spectacular beach views, this is a place everyone should visit. Also, detailed signs help you navigate the fortress and keep you oriented during your visit, which is another plus.
  • Very poor pic nic place for Helsinki recidence. Of course its the only tourist attraction in here like Alcatraz in SF. But still check the west harbor and market sq near it before going to the coast and small history of the ww2. Enjoy. Thanks.
  • Great place for a half day outing wandering around the connected islands. 15 minutes on the public ferry with ticket price included in regional travel ticket. Plenty if museums fitted around. There are many cafes on the island. Avoid the one nearest the main what as thus us the busy one as most people head straight here when getting off the ferry or waiting for the return trip.
  • A great bit of history for the city of Helsinki. The site includes the UNESCO world heritage defensive structures as well as many museums and a lovely living community of inhabitants that call the island home.
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