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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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  • nice ride, impressive but not necessarily well put site in value, some poetic points of view between two rusty guns...
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  • Getting there by ferry is just as much fun as the site itself! The Museum detailing the history is very informative, well worth watching the film too! 
  • Took a ferry ticket and went to see the base of the Russian fleet! Not everyone knows that before the revolution there was a famous Russian Navy base. Countless exploits our seamen on the protection of the Baltic Sea from the arrogant aggressors! Holy place! Walked and inspected the remains of forts, peeked into the Museum, visited the submarine. Voobshchem, imbued with the Greatness of our ancestors! That and I wish you! It took half a day, but I do not regret!
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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