Situated on the southern tip of Helsinki, Kaivopuisto (Kaivari) is one of the oldest and most popular parks in the city. The proximity of the sea, rock cliffs and green lawns offer many opportunities to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
At the highest point of the park is the Ursa Observatory. Along the shore and on the nearby islands you can find many cafés and summer restaurants. Along the shoreline to the west is the prestigious district of Eira, which has many fine examples of Jugend and Classical architecture.
Between Kaivopuisto and the city centre, the park atop Observatory Hill (Tähtitorninvuori) was designed by Svante Olsson and completed in 1904.
The park is considered to be one of the most important historical city parks in Finland. The impressive Helsinki University Observatory (Kopernikuksentie) was designed by C.L. Engel and completed in 1834. The observatory underwent a complete renovation in 2012 and now houses a visitors’ centre where you can learn more about space and astronomy. There is also a planetarium and café.