en.infoglobe.cz » Finland, Helsinki – Suomenlinna Fortress

Finland, Helsinki – Suomenlinna Fortress

Published: 16.11.2019
Suomenlinna Fortress - translated Finnish castle - was built in the 18th century literally on the porch of Helsinki, at that time not very important port city under the rule of the Swedes. It was the construction of this fortress that brought the city an influx of new inhabitants and a rapid development of infrastructure. It can therefore be said with certainty that without Suomenilnna, Helsinki would probably look completely different today.

Helsinki's compactness is undoubtedly their compactness. From the magnificent Central Station, it is a few minutes' walk from the majestic neoclassical cathedral building to the quiet harbor where you can meet forest mushroom, sea buckthorn or various herbal decoction sellers all year round. However, if you are planning a visit to the Suomenlinna Fortress, you will no longer be walking. The only way to reach it is by water. Every half an hour a boat leaves the port, transporting both tourists and locals (the islands are inhabited all year round). The journey takes a pleasant 20 minutes, which can be spent watching Helsinki moving away and breathing in the cool sea air.

přístav v Helsinkách   obytná část Suomenlinny

The fortress is situated on six small islands, located about 2 kilometers south of the port, and has around 900 permanent residents all year round. Electricity, water and gas are delivered to the islands through an underground tunnel, which is also adapted for emergency evacuation. The maintenance of the community is largely taken care of by the mild detention center, which operates on the islands.


The islands are connected by bridges and to this day you can see evident the many years of military presence. The walls of the fortifications are star-shaped, there are many recessed bunkers resembling hobbit burrows, extensive marina, barracks buildings and a submarine, which was left here after the end of World War II. The basic route, which runs from north to south of the island along all major sights, is the 1.5 km long Blue Road. On the island, however, much more to explore, there are several museums, beautiful beaches and nice cafes and restaurants, where it is a pleasure to sit and relieve tired legs.

travnaté podzemní bunkry

      podzemní zatravněné bunkry   podzemní bunkr   výhled na Helsinky

Suomenlinna is a pleasant variegation of the program during a several-day visit to Helsinki. It brings visitors from a busy capital to a slowly flowing community marked by history and the salty sea air.

GPS: 60°08'43.9"N 24°59'17.6"E


Text: Barbara Nováková

Photos: Barbara Nováková, Wikimedia Commons: Varcos, Michal.Pise

Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

Finland: Kuopio – Peninsula City
Published: 10.6.2015
Right after we traveled through the capitals of the Baltics, we moved by ship to Finland where we paid a visit to beautiful yet bit expensive Helsinki. Still, it would be a mistake to pass it for there is lots to see.

Finland: The Pearls of the Gulf of Bothnia – Southwest Islands and the Town of Uusikaupunki
Published: 9.2.2022
Finnish national parks are considered among the most beautifulin the world. There are thousands of lakes in the southwest of the country and, in the Baltic Sea (near the coast), many islands covered of untouched nordic nature.

Finland, Turku – Port City
Published: 26.1.2022
The port city of Turku is situated about 2 hours of car ride west from Helsinki. You can take direct bus at Helsinki airport terminal or you can transfer to a small plane on intra-country flight Helsinki-Turku. The city is surrounded by diverse coastline of the Baltic Sea. The River Aura also flows into the sea. Turku was founded in the end of the 13th century. However, people lived in the area as early is in the Stone Age. Soon after the city was founded, Turku cathedral (Turun tuomiokirkko) was consecrated. The cathedral is situated in the center of the city and you can access it easily by public transportation. It is one of the most popular places there.

Finland, Lapland – Riding the Dogsled
Published: 5.1.2022
Glittering snowflakes all around, tenacious dogs, sweet-smelling cinnamon, a herd of raindeer, and long anticipated aurela borealise…

Estonia, Tallinn – By Boat from Helsinki
Published: 16.1.2020
Helsinki is a seaside town and thanks to its location in the middle of the Gulf of Finland, you can turn around to see the surrounding states. Ferry journeys of various lengths can be used primarily as a connection to the Swedish capital - Stockholm, St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg, Russia (where visas are needed), or the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. And just over two hours of sailing distant Tallinn is an ideal day trip from modern Helsinki to history.

Related Photogallery

Finland: The Land of Thousand Lakesr II
After a week, we return to Finland to visit other beautiful places in one of the happiest countri...

Finland:  The Land of Thousand Lakes I
Come with us to visit Northeast Europe, more precisely the Nordic state of Finland. In addition t...


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:tuesday 31. 1. 2023
tuesday 31.1.
3 °C
wednesday 1.2.
3 °C

TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.


TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.