Suomenlinna is a maritime fortress that was built off the coast of Helsinki in 1748 where you can get a real feel for Finland’s position between East and West; Suomenlinna was shaped by three distinct historic eras when helped defend first Sweden, then Russia and ultimately Finland. Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a notable example of European military architecture.
Suomenlinna is among the most popular sights in Finland and a living district that is home to 850 city residents. With its museums and events, Suomenlinna offers a unique experience for visitors of all ages, who can also enjoy the islands’ enchanting cafes and cosy restaurants. Children can have a great time exploring the many tunnels of the old fortress
It is good to reserve at least 2 to 4 hours for visiting Suomenlinna. The vast fortress is best explored on foot, so prepare for some hiking with good shoes and a windbreaker. Suomenlinna is open year-round, although some facilities are open only in the summer months.
To get to Suomenlinna you have to take a boat. The municipal ferry from the Market Square operates year round, while the JT-Line waterbus operates in summertime. The crossing takes between 15 and 20 minutes. The municipal ferry accepts Helsinki Region Transport tickets and the Helsinki Card as payment.
Each year dozens of high-quality cultural and music events are held at Suomenlinna, including the Les Lumiéres and Guard’s Band festivals, the Suomenlinna Summer Theatre, Viapori Jazz and Viapori Winter Blues