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Suomenlinna Fortress

The historically significant Suomenlinna fortress is not only a major military monument worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage List, but also home to about 900 Finns who live in the renovated barracks. The entire site is a fun, multi-faceted attraction for Helsinki residents and visitors. The fortress, built during Swedish rule in the 18th century, is situated on an island at the entrance to Helsinki's harbour. The fortification became a strategic military shipyard with one of the biggest dry docks in the world, comparable to the fortress at Gibraltar. Apart from admiring the architecture there is plenty to experience at Suomenlinna, which contains seven museums, galleries, restaurants and cafes, several parks, beaches and nature areas. Guided walking tours are offered and there are always events taking place like exhibitions, jazz shows and theatrical performances, particularly during summer.

Information & Facts

Address

The Visitor's Centre is at Suomenlinna C 74, situated in the middle of the fortress at Tykistölahti bay

Admission

Museums charge between EUR3 and EUR5 admission.

Language

Finnish and Swedish share status as Finland's official languages. Sami is spoken by the isolated population group in Lapland. English is taught at schools and is widely understood.

Money

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency of Finland. One Euro = 100 cents. Banks, ATMs and bureaux de change are available in all cities and airports; banks are closed on weekends. American Express, Diner's Club, Eurocard, Access, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger shops. Travellers cheques can be cashed in Helsinki and large cities, but ATMs are the easiest and most economical way to get cash.

Opening Times

The various museums usually open between 10am/11am and 5pm/6pm daily with shorter hours in winter. For information regarding the various events and exhibitions contact the Visitor's Centre which is open 10am-4pm, and until 6pm between May and September.

Time

Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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