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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  • We found out about this through google. We got the boat there for 5€ which was really good for a return. The sights were beautiful. The food in the cafe was also really nice and cheap, the souvenirs w...  more »
  • Although very touristy, this trip is a must. The trip with the ferry by the ice floes was the trouble. On the island you can "get lost" between the different buildings and enjoy the beautiful view of the sea. In the winter, most shops have closed, not so useful if you want to warm up somewhere along the way.
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  • Look at world heritage, indulge in emotion! I think it means one is not enough. After the fortress remains throughout the island is good for strolling or buy souvenirs and developing tourism, explore eating and a little, relaxing. I think has been on the island once was a military facility, is now a peaceful island of Suomenlinna. Blue sea visible elevated streets of Helsinki ferry back and forth from the island, it is nice. Staff is a bit lonely to come alone Suomenlinna. Locals tend to bring their families. I enjoy how new the at Kauppatori or market the food, come for a picnic with family or loved ones. Should go in the summer. The wind was strong, so luggage in mind.
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  • If you want to get away from the city center, definitely take the short ferry ride to Suomenlinna. When you step on land, you are greeted by a visitor's center which has a free restrooms. There is also a cafe adjacent to it if you need to grab a quick bite or beverage. There are clearly marked paths and signs to help you navigate the island. However, there are off-the road paths you can take as well to give you full exposure to the sights of the island. You can easily spend 3+ hours just walking around and taking photos. If you think you have seen everything, there's probably some path that you haven't seen.
  • If you like the cold weather, visit in the winter, like I did. Not all of the featured parts are open and some reconstruction work is ongoing, but wow what an extensive complex it is and you would spend hours if you went in every building. Stunning views and a great ferry ride whatever the weather!
  • Very nice fortress, cool place to visit anytime. Check out the southern tip of the island and enjoy the view. Maybe take a swim from the smooth rocks. There are a lot of tunnels that you can visit for free. You'll also find the only submarine in Finland and some nice wooden houses.
  • Cool place with rich history and landmarks. Well worth a visit. The ferry cost around 5€ for back and forth, and if you already have a bus/train card you can use that. There are no sign or info board explaining what is what so a visit to the museum or reading up on the history beforehand might be a good thing. Think the museum cost around 7€. Visited in winter and think it is much more fun to visit in summer or spring when it’s not freezing and maybe sunny instead.
  • I visited this island in January unfortunately. Nothing to see or eat. I walked to King's gate(takes 15-20min) and there was just old cannons. I heard the toy museum is great but it doesn't open at jan. almost all restaurants, cafes and museum in Suomenlinna is closed. check the opening schedule. In winter the wind is crazy. prepare warm clothing including hat. Recommend not to visit in winter...

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