Designs of Helsinki: Architectural Highlights

4.5 hours | Helsinki | H E L - 2 5 5
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Points of Interest

  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:
Helsinki Panoramic Drive
Helsinki is a vibrant design hub, from the neoclassical Government Palace in Senate Square to the sweeping lines of contemporary Oodi Central Library. Masterpieces such as Eliel Saarinen's Helsinki Central Station and Alvar Aalto's pristine Finlandia Hall are some of the many architectural wonders that make Helsinki known as a "City of Architecture."

Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)
Helsinki's most important architectural site is carved straight into a solid bed of rock. The huge oval structure is lit in part by skylights that punctuate the rock walls, and it features a roof formed from a dome lined with copper and supported by concrete beams. Inside the church, rough rock lines the walls with an Ice Age crevice serving as the altarpiece.

Hvitträsk
Hvitträsk is the birthplace and former home of the famous Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. Explore the grounds, and a guide will escort you through Saarinen's magnificent home, situated on a forested hill overlooking a lake. Hvitträsk is now an exhibition center for Finnish arts and crafts.

What you will see along the way:

As you leave the harbor, pass Embassy Park, Market Square, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. See the t Lutheran Cathedral at Senate Square then continue down Mannerheim Street past the Opera House, the Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall designed by architect Alvar Aalto, the National Museum, the Parliament House and the Contemporary Art Museum.

Special Notes:

Terrain at Senate Square includes cobblestones. It is a 400-yard walk uphill from the coach parking to the Rock Church. In the event that a special function is being held here, an inside visit will not be possible.The Order of sites may vary.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from the pier to Senate Square for a visit.

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to Hvittrask for guided tour and free time

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:00
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
400
Steps:
35
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive back to the city to the Rock Church coach park and walk to the church(15 minutes) for a visit

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:00
Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
800
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Enjoy a 15 minute walk back to the motorcoach adn drive through teh city back to the ship

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:45