Category: Helsinki

City surprises #13 – Lastenlinna hospital (children’s castle)

Walking around Töölö recently we had a good view of one of the best named buildings in Helsinki – the Lastenlinna…

First visit to Sipoonkorpi National Park

Sipoonkorpi is one of the two Finnish national parks located on the edge of the of the Helsinki metropolis (Nuuksio…

City surprises #12 – pop-up gardens

Helsinki has some really beautiful gardens (including the winter gardens and Helsinki University’s botanical gardens) – but the city also…

The Alvar Aalto home museum

During this year’s Open House Helsinki weekend, we visited Alvar Aalto’s house in Munkkiniemi (north-western Helsinki; see on our map). …

The Rock Church and the Chapel of Silence – unique spaces in Helsinki

Both the Rock Church (the Temppeliaukion kirkko) and the Chapel of Silence are beautiful and (at least in my opinion) iconic…

Uutela in autumn

Four months ago, in the middle of summer, Brigitte and I visited a little undeveloped corner of Helsinki near the…

First snow!

It snowed last night for this first time this autumn. It only snowed last winter in January so this is…

City Surprises #11

While showing some colleagues around Helsinki, I noticed a new development at the Bridge of Love (a pedestrian and bicycle…

Mustavuori, Porvarinlahden and surrounding forests

With colder weather rapidly approaching, I decided to take advantage of a fairly warm and dry Saturday to visit the…

City Surprises #10

Well, Pete is always posting the city surprises as he seems to be far more observant than I am in…

Everyday Discoveries design exhibit

Last week the Suvilahti complex hosted the Everyday Discoveries exhibition, as part of the World Design Capital program. The exhibition’s aim…

Hanging out at Park(ing) Day in Esplanadi

While checking out Stadissa.fi (an online list of events happening around Helsinki) last week I noticed the intriguingly named “Park(ing) Day” listed…

Night of the Arts: Helsinki 2012

The Night of the Arts is the biggest celebration in the annual Helsinki Festival – a whole day when the city…

City Surprises #9

Most of the things that I have labelled as “city surprises” have been lovely little details that I’ve passed by…

City Surprises #7

Along the rather busy Helsinginkatu (Helsinki Street) a lovely surprise is the leafy Tauno Palo park. The park is a…

Finnish National Museum and the Tram Museum

We’ve recently visited two more museums in Helsinki for the first time: we made a special plan to carefully explore…

Helsinki Winter Gardens (again)

A few weeks ago we really enjoyed our first visit to the newly renovated Helsinki winter gardens – in fact…

City surprises #5

A fair time ago, I spotted in the middle of Kampintori (central Helsinki; usually populated by skateboarders) a strange little…

The sound of the Helsinki Metro

One of the aims of our blog is for it to not only be a way of sharing our experiences…

Helsinki Olympic stadium: watching the European Athletics Championship

Last Thursday I went to watch an evening’s worth of events at the 2012 European Athletics Championships with Simon, a…

Helsinki City Winter Garden (Kaupungin Talvipuutarha)

We finally got to go and visit the City Winter Gardens today with some glorious summer weather! It has been under…

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