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Suomenlinna Fortress

Suomenlinna © Leo-setä
Suomenlinna © Leo-setä

The historically significant Suomenlinna fortress is not only a major military monument worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage List, but also home to about 800 Finns who live in the renovated barracks. The entire site is a fun, multi-faceted attraction for Helsinki residents and visitors. The fortress, built during Swedish rule in the 18th century, is situated on an island at the entrance to Helsinki's harbour.

The fortification became a strategic military shipyard with one of the biggest dry docks in the world, comparable to the fortress at Gibraltar. Apart from admiring the architecture, there is plenty to experience at Suomenlinna, which contains six museums, galleries, restaurants and cafés, several parks, beaches and nature areas. Guided walking tours are offered and there are always events taking place like exhibitions, jazz shows and theatrical performances, particularly during summer.

Website: www.suomenlinna.fi

Telephone: (295) 338 410

Transport: Ferry or water bus.

Opening times: Open daily 10am-6pm during summer and 10.30am-4.30pm during winter.

Admission: EUR 7 for adults, concessions available.