We finally got to go and visit the City Winter Gardens today with some glorious summer weather! It has been under renovation since we moved to Helsinki so it has been closed until recently. We were looking for a nearby place to walk to today and decided to head towards the Olympic stadium and Töölönlähti area. We saw that the gardens were finally open so we popped in. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the large greenhouse does not charge an entrance fee. It is large and beautiful, full of exotic plants including many cacti, orchids and South African plants. It was nice to hang around some clivias, agapanthus and other familiar plants.
Outside of the greenhouse is a formal rose garden with hedges. I look forward to when the roses will be in bloom which will be from July to late Autumn. There is also a little cafe where you can get your coffee, coke, ice cream and korvapuusti (typical Finnish cafe fare). There are tables in the front of the greenhouse with a view over Töölönlähti and towards the city. If the weather is bad, you can go and sit inside where there are quite a few tables.
Built by Major-General Jacob Julius af Lindfors and architect Karl Gustaf Nyström and opened to the public in 1893, the garden was bought by the city in 1907.
I think that this already can be classified as one of my favorite places in the city so far.