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Suomenlinna Castle in Helsinki, Finland


By Terri Mapes
Scandinavia Travel Expert, about.com

An enjoyable holiday starts with a choice of a great destination. Suomenlinna Castle in Helsinki, Finland, has over the years made a great destination for both locals of Finland and for tourists from all over the world.

This Finnish castle will give you a wonderful experience with lots of good memories to take back home. It all starts with good planning and you will find yourself there – enjoying the great beauty of Suomenlinna and marveling at the castle’s great story....

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Suomenlinna Castle started as a fortress which was built by Swedes in their war against Russians to act as a stronghold in 1748. Initially, it was called Sveaborg, a Finnish name. However, in 1808, Russians took over the fortress and modified it with their own constructions. The Finnish government took over the castle in 1918 and changed its name to Suomenlinna, which means "Castle of Finland."

The Beauty of Suomenlinna Castle 
The Suomenlinna Castle is in the islands of the South Coast of the Helsinki City .Visits to the castle are open throughout the year.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site too. Finland experiences very cold winters but a visit during winter will give a very different experience of the tour!

Bring flashlights! The castle has scary tunnels which are very dark and so a flashlight will be necessary for those who would want to explore them. They were used during the Russo –Swedish war. There are strong stone gates and open air museums with good documentaries of the history of the island. It has wooden houses and the island has around 800 people who live there.

A Tour to the Suomenlinna Castle
The castle is found in Helsinki city in Finland. Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe, bordered by Norway to the North, Russia to the East and Sweden to the West.

Getting to this beautiful castle is a journey in itself, which will start at the Helsinki City port, which has a beautiful harbor since you can only access the castle by ferry. It is a relaxing 20 to 30 minutes ferry ride which will offer you a magnificent view of the Helsinki City and also the stretching seas. You can get tickets for the ferry from ticket machines or even on board for 5 Euros, which will be valid for 12 hours. (The local currency of Finland is the Euro, just like many other countries in Europe.)

The ferry makes stops at specific spots to allow the tourists to take pictures and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding. The ferry transportation is available throughout the year. 
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Upon arrival at the Suomenlinna Castle, the admission to the castle itself is free. However, there are some charges for those who choose to visit the museums and theaters for small fees.
When can you go?

For tourists who want to visit the museums, the opening hours are from 10:30 -16:30, and the time zone is UTC+2 in winter and UTC+3 during summer.
What else to do:

There are outdoor theaters. It is a small isolated village but with modernized and trendy restaurants, where you can enjoy local cuisines. Guide walks are also available in Russian and English language. Carrying with you packed lunch and snacks might be necessary.

Where to stay:
No camping is allowed on this island but you can spend a night in Suomenlinna. There are hotels which offer accommodation – even luxury accommodation is available.

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