Helsinki Walking Tour

City Tour
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This tour is provided by

Ataman Tours

Ataman Tours is a tour operator based in Helsinki, providing private small-group walking tours; history, culture, architecture, and nature. It is ranked #1 on TripAdvisor and offers the opportunity to discover Helsinki’s secrets with an authorised expert guide

  • 3 Hours
  • Group size: 6 persons (Private tour available)
  • Helsinki

Helsinki, world’s happiest city! And the most functional one. But how can you get an unbiased, expert opinion about the Finnish capital and discover the secrets of this beautiful city? Well, look no further, Helsinki walking tour has got your back. The Finnish capital is one of those cities where it is easy for visitors to miss the important details that make all the difference. With its interesting and fascinating history, development and future plans, there is so much to learn and talk about this pocket-sized metropolis. You can leave the cumbersome guidebook behind and enjoy a personalized city tour led by an expert authorised Helsinki guide.

With Helsinki walking tour you will find answers to the most cunning questions:

Why are Finnish people the happiest people in the world? How did a Finnish architect influence a generation of American architects and skyscraper designs? Why do Helsinki people have picnic on top of graves? What was the meeting point of the bohemian people of 1880s in Helsinki? Where did Lenin hide when he was running away from the Tsarist Russia? What is ice-dipping? Which statue is the one that seagulls hate the most? How did they build a church inside a giant granite rock? Where can you eat the best salmon soup of your life? Why is the largest Orthodox cathedral located in a Lutheran country? Why Finnish people still cheer for the opponents of the Swedish sports teams? Where did they bury thousands of bodies during the 18th century plague? Why a short bridge in city centre is called “The Long Bridge”?

Meeting point

Aleksanterinkatu no 9, Paulig Kulma Cafe


6 km


10.00 am or 2.00pm

Price Includes

  • The three-hour walking tour

Price Excludes

  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Gratuities


Senate Square
The Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture, dating back to early 19th century.

The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel; the Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland.

Kappeli is one of the oldest and most famous venues in Helsinki. Hampus Dahlström designed the original building; opening date was 1867.

Being the meeting place of the famous Finnish artists such as Aho, Järnefelt, Leino, Sibelius and Gallen-Kallela, Kappeli was a place with great examples of fine art on its walls.

With its golden cupolas and redbrick facade, The Uspenski Cathedral is one of the clearest symbols of the Russian impact on Finnish history.

It was designed by Aleksei M. Gornostajev and consecrated in 1868. It is the largest Orthodox temple in Northern and Western Europe.

Please note

  • Please be prepared to walk 5-6 km.
  • I recommend joining the tour with comfortable (walking) shoes.
  • Tours are done all year around, rain or shine; please dress according to the weather.
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Typical Itinerary

subject to change according to weather conditions, public holidays, and events /We will stop at the attractions written in bold:

  • Senate Square
  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • National Library of Finland 
  • Tori Quarters
  • City Museum
  • City Hall
  • Presidential Palace
  • Uspenski Cathedral
  • Allas Sea Pool
  • Market Square
  • Esplanadi Park
  • Kappeli
  • Swedish Theatre
  • Old Church Park
  • Central Railway Station
  • National Theatre of Finland
  • Ateneum
  • Parliament House 
  • Musiikkitalo 
  • Oodi 
  • Kiasma 
  • Kamppi Chapel
  • Lasipalatsi
  • Amos Rex