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This article was written on 23 Apr 2016.

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Helsinki is a capital of Finland, which combines urban cosmopolitan lifestyle with harmony of nature. There you can visit the Olympic stadium built in 1938 in functionalistic style. It was used during the Olympic Games in 1952. The Stadium tower is 72 meters high and you can look at the city from its top. You can also go to the SkyWheel for a 360° view of Helsinki. Though it is not so high (40 meters) as the Stadium tower, it has air-conditioned cabins and is open all year round.

5937964643_cc8f9f9991_bThe most famous tourist attractions include the Senate Square, a unique example of Neoclassical architecture, with historical buildings located on it. The building of Parliament is an example of Classicism architecture built in 1920-s. You may like Suomenlinna – one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world (1748). The biggest in Western Europe Orthodox Cathedral is also located in Helsinki. Uspensky Sobor (1868) with golden cupolas is the symbol of Russian impact. Temppeliaukio Church is also interesting for tourists as it was built in solid rock. It is used as a concert venue often as it features perfect acoustics. Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelic Lutheran church, built in the 19th century. It is the symbol of Helsinki for many people.

If you want just a promenade you can go to Esplanade Park, visit Helsinki Zoo Korkeasaari (one of the oldest in the world), established in 1889, go to Linnanmäki Amusement Park working since 1950. A wooden rollercoaster remains the most popular ride there.

For shopping, you should go to the Market Square or Old Market Hall that has serves customers from 1889. The main shopping streets are Aleksanterinkatu and Esplanade.

Stockholm-Sweden-2048x2048You can get from Helsinki to Stockholm by ferry. Stockholm is called “Venice of the North” as it lies on the islands and the peninsulas. Pattern of waterways that surround the city, intermingling of land and water create a unique character of the place. All districts of the city are connected with excellent underground railway system. There are three UNESCO Heritage sites in the city: Birka, Drottningholm,and the Woodland Cemetery.

Famous sites include:

  • The Royal Palace,
  • Stockholm City Hall,
  • The Royal Djurgården,
  • Östermalm, Gamla Stan (Old Town),
  • Långholmen.

Old Town is like a museum under open sky. You can start from there. It takes you to Medieval times with its labyrinth of winding streets. There you can find Stockholm Cathedral, the Royal palace, the official residence of the King of Sweden. But the Queen’s residence is located in another place – on the island Drottningholm, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It has about 600 rooms and includes 5 museums.

Take ferry from Gamla Stan to go to a tranquil oasis in Djurgården, where you can have a good stroll or arrange a picnic. There you can visit Abba Museum. You can also unwind in the Royal National City Park. Moose, foxes, deer, and rare birds live in the forest. Authentic taste of Sweden can be found in Skansen, which is the oldest open-air museum in the world.

boatTake a Royal Canal tour to explore the city from the water. Boat sightseeing is highly recommended for first-time visitor.

Look at the city from the top of the Ericsson Globe, which is a modern landmark of the city. It is 130 meters above the sea level.

The iconic city of City Hall is known throughout the world for Nobel banquets held annually.

Moderna Museet is a good choice for lovers of modern art. Fotografiska is a museum of contemporary photography.

Oslo was known as Christiania until 1814. The historical centre is called Kvadraturen due to rectangular street pattern. You can walk on the roof of Oslo Opera House. Explore the Royal Palace and the City Hall.

If you are interested in the Vikings’ culture then, you will love the trip to the Viking ship museum. If you want to learn more about polar expeditions, the Fram museum is a great option. You can look into the past of the city in one of Europe’s largest open-air museums – Norwegian Folk museum and in Akershus Fortress.

Holmenkollen Ski arena is a historic landmark. You can see the panorama of Oslo from the top of the jump tower. There is an observation deck there.

The tourists are also very impressed with Vigeland Sculpture Park.

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