Yeah, you read that right – Helsinki, people! So roll over Copenhagen, and tell Stockholm the news – the Finnish capital has seemingly come from nowhere to become the hottest place for food lovers in Scandinavia. Before the inevitable barrage of indignant responses rains down upon Grown-up Travel Guide Towers from supporters of the other [...]
The Roslund Meat Shop at Hietalahti Market Hall (or Hietalahden kauppahalli if you fancy asking for directions in Finnish)
Image © Andy Higgs, Grown-up Travel Guide 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Finland’s Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin books (ostensibly for children, but riddled with social commentary for adult readers too). The wheels of the marketing machine have begun to spin and a range of commemorative merchandise is already in the [...]
Continuing our mission to inspire and inform Grown-up Travellers we present the latest in our series of articles containing ideas for alternative things to do and see in well-known destinations. So far we’ve shared our tips on London, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin. Then we featured Oslo, Paris, Amsterdam, Chicago and Istanbul. We then focused on Australia and you can check out these guides to Perth, Melbourne and Sydney before coming back [...]
The stadium was originally built to host the 1940 Summer Olympics and as such stood ready in 1938, but World War II got in the way. It was however put into use for the 1952 games and was extensively modernized twice since its construction. There are excellent views from the tower which is 72.71 metres [...]
This rather brutal-looking church in grey granite is one of Helsinki’s most prominent landmarks of Helsinki. Built in 1912, the church takes its name from the Kallio district, one of the most densely populated residential areas in Finland.
…or in Finnish, ‘Helsingin tuomiokirkko’. Rolls right off the tongue, don’t it?
The Finns have honoured their legendary composer Jean Sibelius with this amazing monument in the eponymous park in Helsinki. The ever-present tourists and locals are useful here to give a sense of scale (see what I did there?) It weighs in at 24 tons and is made of more than 600 welded steel pipes. Unveiled a [...]