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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 fortress of Soumenlina is a very short ferry ride from Helsinki and one of most popular sights - a must see when you are visiting Helsinki, a very interesting example of European architecture of i...  more »
  • Bring food and enjoy the day out relaxing, sunbathing and visiting the fortress. Not worth visiting the museums or the walking tours. Just walk around and enjoy  more »
  • Very ineresting location to see while in Finland. just a quick boat ride from the market place and you're there. The views and photo opportunities are great, but my absolute favorite part of the whole...  more »
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  • Spend a whole day walking around this historic place. A world UNESCO Heritage Site. Recommend sturdy shoes as it is covered in cobbles. Best way to get there is the boat every 15 minutes from the harbour using the Helsinki Card, which also gives you free entry to all the museums on the island. 110% worth it.
  • A few minutes ferry trip takes to this island. This is a historic fortress of Finland. Highly recommended place to visit.
  • If you are looking for a fast paced environment, the island is not for you. A nice, slower paced, getaway. If you go early in the day you can wander with little interaction with people. A lot of green areas to site, and lots of place to stare off into the water.
  • Very good place for a couple hours walk. Beautiful, relaxing and windy. Be careful though, don't walk on edges: there is risk of landslide or falling. To get there, take a ferry. It costs 7 EUR for round trip. The ferry departs from Market square every 30 min.
  • Beautiful historical buildings and lovely nature. A nice break from the city's constant noise. Somewhat inaccessible for wheelchairs etc., and the old cobblestone streets can be rough to walk on without proper footwear.

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