"Suomenlinna" Suomenlinna Island & Fortress Tip by Scandic
Suomenlinna Island & Fortress, Helsinki: 117 reviews and 257 photos
City Within a City
Suomenlinna has always been much more than just a part of Helsinki - it is a city within a city. Nowadays there are about 900 people living on the islands, and 350 people work here all year round. This is one of the features that make Suomenlinna unique: the fortress is not merely a museum.
For a long time, the islands had more inhabitants than the city of Helsinki itself. Towards the end of the Swedish period, in 1806, about 4,600 people were living on the islands and 4,200 in Helsinki. At that time, Suomenlinna was Finland's second biggest city after Turku.
There was plenty of life on the islands during the Russian period as well. Before the Crimean War, in 1854, there were over 12,000 soldiers in the fortress. The big garrison and the soldiers' families also needed lots of shopkeepers, clergymen, restaurant keepers, and teachers.
Address: Suomenlinna, 00190 Helsinki
There is a regular ferry-boat connection to Suomenlinna all year round. The ferry-boats leave from the Market Square all day long.
Phone: +358 29 5338410
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