Top 10 viewpoints in Helsinki
Johanna Vilhunen June 16, 2014

Linnanmäki Amusement park

Linnanmäki panorama tower is 53 meters high. You may visit the tower for free when Linnanmäki-amusement park is open. Linnanmäki has also a ferris wheel called ”Rinkeli”, it is 34 meters high. The price for a ride in ”Rinkeli ” is 8 euros. From these places you have great views over Kallio district and if you are into photography, this is definitely an amusing way of taking photos. I visited Linnanmäki on a cloudy and rainy day and the view was mysteriously foggy.

Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen

Finnair SkyWheel

A brand new 40 meter-high ferris wheel opened in June 2014 at Katajanokka. Through the blue-colored gondola windows you will see the city center very well. It’s a good place to spot for example the chatedrals of Helsinki and Uspenski and the Market square. Feel free to take photos. Entrance to the Finnair SkyWheel is 12 euros for adults. The ride lasts approx. 12 minutes.

Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen

Ateljee bar at the top level of Hotel Torni

Ateljee bar recently became one of my favourite places to admire a sunset in Helsinki. Ateljee bar is located in the top floor of Hotel Torni and it has open terraces facing both east and west. Besides having amazing views over Helsinki, it’s possible to buy some nice drinks and relax. In addition, they have probably the best views from any toilet in Helsinki.

Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen

The Olympic Stadium tower

Updated 16.3.2016: Modernisation and renewal of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium starts in January 2016. The Stadium is closed until 2019 because of the renovation.

The 72 meter-high stadium tower is one of the highest points in central Helsinki. It was built for the summer olympics of 1952.

Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen

 

The rooftop of Verkkokauppa.com

At the rooftop of verkkokauppa.com-store you have views in all directions. This photo was taken toward the sea but you may also have a nice view over Helsinki city center and the new Jätkänsaari area’s barren construction zone, soon to be a residential area.

Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen

Kaivopuisto observatorium

The highest peak is 30 meters high and it is located just next to the observatorium which was constructed in 1834. Nice views over Kaivopuisto-park and the sea.

Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen

Malminkartano

This is an artificial hill located near Myyrmäki – about 11km from central Helsinki. It is the highest point in Helsinki, approximately 90 meters above sea level. The hill is a landfill on top of an old junkyard. In my experience, it’s a great place to view fireworks on new years eve, even though it might get a bit dangerous.

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Vuosaari hill area

The highest spot in Vuosaari is 65 meters over sea level, which is right next to it. From the hill, which is a landfill, you will see over the harbour and the eastern Helsinki archipelago. The Vuosaari hill area is approximately 60 hectares and is a sanctuary for foreign flora, since the soil has been brought from elsewhere in Europe. It is also a place where rare trees and flora are relocated to from places in Helsinki, where they would otherwise be threatened. In this unique area it is easy to spend hours just wandering and spotting differents kinds of plants and to admire the views over forests and the sea.

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Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Vuosaaren huippu
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen

Myllypuro landfill

A landfill built to contain some nasty old garbage that was bothering the people who live in Myllypuro. The views are not very spectacular but it is a hill on otherwise so flat Helsinki.

Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen

Paloheinä

A landfill with a ski- and a jogging track, located in the central park of Helsinki. Also a great practise spot for downhill bikers. A nice place to see the sunset.

Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
Photo: Johanna Vilhunen
  • Finn Fan

    We visited Helsinki in 2008. The city was easy to explore, as we walked to many of the venues. The outdoor market was great and the train station is beautiful.