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Architecture Tour of Helsinki

history walk

Architecture Tour of Helsinki

1 review
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Hosted in
English, Turkish
history walk

Architecture Tour of Helsinki

history walk

Architecture Tour of Helsinki

1 review
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Hosted in
English, Turkish

What you'll do

Helsinki is a gem for architecture enthusiasts. It is difficult to find another urban space that houses a wide range of architectural styles like Helsinki; neoclassical, gothic revival, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Nordic classicism, modernism, functionalism, and contemporary styles in a compact city centre. Different historical periods left their marks on Helsinki, however it is easy to miss these great works of world renowned architects (from Engel to Saarinen, from Aalto to Siren and Revell) in ordinary city tours. We will start with the old center of the city, visiting Helsinki Cathedral and National Library of Finland designed by Engel, the most influential architect in Helsinki in the first half of 19th century. We will then visit 3 important works of world famous architect Alvar Aalto (Stora Enso HQ, Academic Bookstore and Rautatalo). We will continue with Eliel Saarinen's Central Railway station. On our way, we will stop by two important libraries, KaisaTalo (Anttinen Oiva) and Oodi (ALA) and I'll explain the unique library culture in Finland. Strolling through important buildings such as the Music Hall (LPR), Kiasma (Holl), Finlandia Hall (Aalto), National Museum of Finland (Saarinen), we will make up our way to The Rock Church (Suomalainen). On our return to downtown, we will head to The Glass Palace (Revell), Amos Rex (JKMM) and Chapel of Silence (K2S).

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Your host

Learn more about Emek

Emek

I have a bachelor degree from Faculty of Architecture, Department of City Planning (METU, Ankara, 2001). I have worked as a city planner and urban designer in public and private sectors. I'm currently a PhD student (Urban Studies/Social Policy) in University of Helsinki. I wanted to combine my love for Helsinki with my knowledge and research about the history, culture and architecture of this beautiful city, and share it with a wider audience, so I became a professional tour guide! I have been doing history, architecture and nature walking tours for over two years.

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Where you'll be

A standard itinerary for our tour would include these: Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland (Engel), Stora Enso HQ, Academic Bookstore, Rautatalo (Aalto), Central Railway Station (Saarinen), KaisaTalo (Anttinen Oiva), Oodi (ALA), Music Hall (LPR), Kiasma (Holl), Finlandia Hall (Aalto), National Museum of Finland (Saarinen), Rock Church (Suomalainen), The Glass Palace (Revell), Amos Rex (JKMM), Chapel of Silence (K2S).

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests of all ages can attend.

More tips

We will walk around 6 km, please come with comfortable walking shoes, extra layers for warmth and umbrella for rainy days. Feel free to check out my other experience www.airbnb.com/ataman-tours and instagram page @ataman.tours.helsinki
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Architecture Tour of Helsinki
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1 review
From $57/person