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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Helsinki holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fortress of Suomenlinna and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • My family (infant included) took a day trip here from the ferry. The ride over was quite pleasant and the fortress itself has much to see and do. Not too many places to eat though - maybe bring a sack...  more »
  • My partner and I went here in the evening, because we didn't have much time in Helsinki and we didn't want to miss this. The boat ride was really nice and Suomenlinna Island is perfect for a nice walk...  more »
  • Nice day walk on a sunny day. Use the public HSL ferry - its cheeper and does the same job as all the other boats. There is a lovely coffee shop in the toys museum.  more »
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  • Beautiful small island , 10 min ferry ⛴ Ride from Helsinki. Can also visit a small museum, marvelous views with stunning landscapes.
  • Awesome place! It's worth to visit it more than once...if you have the time. ^^ Definitely a great place to picnic with friends in summer or just walking around. Each time you can find new nice places where you haven't been or seen before... It's also perfect for taking photos or drawing. I like to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in one of the small café's on the island...
  • Interesting place, full of history and breath taking landscapes. Easy to arrive from the market square, if you have the one-day transport ticket, you can use it to take the ferry. Nice restaurants in the island (a bit expensive but worth it).
  • Fun fortress to visit if you enjoy thinking about the past and construction of fortresses. There are many spots for you to explore in the grassy expanses, hidden beaches and old reinforcements inside the grassy hills.
  • Public ferry for the short trip to the island. Good signage describing the history of the place, nice visitor's center and gift shop. Very comfortable walking around on your own to see the entire area.

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