This revamped former dock yard Konepajahalli R24 in Telakkaranta in the district of Punavuori by the sea at the southwestern edge of the city, is becoming a bohemian cultural hub of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. This spot is still fairly unknown and makes an exciting place for urban adventures in historical industrial settings.Dock Yard Konepajahalli R24 was originally designed by Sune Maconi. Today the over 100 years old red brick building with rough looks and a massive Continue reading
This Japanese inspired garden, Roihuvuori Cherry Tree Park (Roihuvuoren Kirsikkapuisto), in the district of Roihuvuori must be one of the most exotic parks in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. With more than 240 cherry trees and an abundance of soft blossoms wafting a mild cherry scent it feels like walking in a pink fairytale world.I have heard and read many stories about this place but Continue reading
Yesterday we had the rare opportunity to visit the Presidential Palace in Helsinki during their open house celebrating Finland’s centennial. The Presidential Palace (Presidentinlinna) is very seldom open to the public, meaning that the whole of Finland and all tourists were on the move. And so was I, of course!We arrived at the palace 30 minutes before the opening time to find that there was a long queue lining round the block. So to the end of the line we went. After Continue reading
Last night at sunset I took the opportunity to visit Oil Silo 468, a retired oil silo on the sea shores of Helsinki, that a couple of years ago was transformed into a permanent urban light installation.Oil Silo 468 is most definitely a hidden secret of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, as it is rarely open to the public but now during Continue reading
Our cities hide a huge amount of secret paradises that are hidden from the general public’s eye. This summer I have gone out and about to discover totally new sides of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. And yes, I have found truly incredible hidden gems. Helsinki street art totally blew me away with colourful graffitis and murals. Whereas the dark side of Helsinki can been explored at Kruunuvuori Ghost Town. However, the hidden green secret of Helsinki is definitely the beautiful allotment and community garden areas with cute little summer cottages (siirtolapuutarha in Finnish).A secret green garden with a small holiday house in the city. How does that sound to you? I absolutely love the sound of this. And yes, they do exist in Helsinki, almost in the city centre. Continue reading
Kruunuvuori ghost town with abandoned and collapsed villas, spooky atmosphere and burned down ruins of what once served as seaside summer residencies of the rich is most definitely one of the best kept secrets of Helsinki. Even though I have lived all my life in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, I did not hear about Kruunuvuori ghost town until a few months back and immediately wanted to explore the darker side of Helsinki. Continue reading
If you love flowers and gardens, the Rhododendron Park in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a must! In the middle of the residential area of Haaga in the northern part of Helsinki, this park is a true hidden green oasis that bursts into full bloom in early June. There are thousands of rhododendrons and azaleas in all possible colours – white, pink, fuchsia, red, purple, yellow and orange. And the scent of the flowers is absolutely beautiful.