Senate Square

Senate Square: Our most recommended tours and activities

Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

1. Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore the historic monuments of Helsinki with a local guide, and visit sights such as Olympic Stadium from the 1952 Summer Olympics. See the monument to the composer Jean Sibelius and explore the promenade of Esplanade Park. Go to Old Market Hall, and admire the largest orthodox church in western Europe at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Then, catch the ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Suomenlinna sea fortress. Upon arrival, walk to visit the barracks and the Great Courtyard, where the memorial tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd was designed by King Gustav III of Sweden.

Helsinki: Eco-friendly Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

2. Helsinki: Eco-friendly Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

Experience an exclusive and unforgettable air sightseeing tour around Helsinki and the archipelago. The flights are operated with highly modern helicopters, which are the most silent and environmentally friendly in the world flying with Sustainable Aviation Fuel. After your safety briefing and a photo opportunity, take off and fly above the beautiful nature surrounding Helsinki. Check out the natural state forests on the east side of the city as you fly high. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you head towards the archipelago in front of Helsinki. As you get closer to the city, fly around Suomenlinna, the sea fortress island, and the city center. Grab some amazing pictures as the helicopter passes in front of the downtown shoreline to show you a beautiful scene consisting of Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral. Take a peek at why Helsinki is known as “the City of Architecture”, with many neoclassical buildings to peek at. Fly close to Löyly and, on a clear day, see if you can see the skyline of Tallinn, the Estonian capital that lies across the water. Finish off the tour by flying over the fancy neighborhoods located on the west side of Helsinki with beautiful villas owned by a few international celebrities.

Helsinki City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

3. Helsinki City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Explore Helsinki according to your own interests and schedule with a 24 or 48-hour ticket for the open-air, hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Take a full loop of the route in just 90 minutes to get an orientation of the city, or jump off at any of the stops to explore the attractions that interest you the most. Drive past the Sibelius Monument, and the imposing Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Church). Jump off at the Flea Market or Market Square, and see the buildings built for the 1952 Summer Olympics, including the Olympic Stadium. Your full price ticket entitles you to discounts at participating partners, including cafés, restaurants and shops. Free Wi-Fi is available on-board the bus so you can keep up-to-date with your friends and family back home and make them jealous with social media updates of your experience. In the event of bad weather, the roof of the bus can be swiftly retracted to protect you from the rain. Free rain ponchos are also provided. You can start your tour from any stop along the route. Add on an optional cruise from the Cruise Terminal, and get a different perspective of the city from the water. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stops: 1. Senate Square/ Helsinki City Museum 2. Olympia Terminal (Silja Line) / Mannerheim Museum 3. Cafe Ursula/ Kaivopuisto Park 4. Compass Square 5. Eira 6. Hernesaari Cruise Terminal (stop in use only on certain cruise ship days) 7. Löyly 8. Flea Market/ Bulevardi/ Sinebrychoff Art Museum 9. Swedish Theater/ Design Museum/ Museum of Finnish Architecture 10. Market Square (departure point for Beautiful Canal Route) 11. Kiasma/ Helsinki Art Museum/ Amos Rex / Central Railway Station 12. Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) 13. Sibelius Monument 14. Olympic Stadium  15. National Opera/ Linnanmäki/ Töölönlahti Bay 16. National Museum/ Parliament House/ Helsinki Music Center 17. Ateneum Art Museum/ Central Railway Station 18. Botanic Garden

Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

4. Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

Start your walking tour from the Railway Station Square, right next to one of the most beautiful Romantic buildings in Helsinki, the National Theater. From there, continue your walk through central Helsinki to get a feel for its vibrant streets, mostly built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, follow the main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, towards the city's main square, Senate Square. At the central point of the square is the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, built in 1852 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Stop at the nearby seat of the Finnish Government and the main building of Helsinki University. Continue on towards the Katajanokka Peninsula, stopping at the Uspenskii Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox cathedral atop a hill. Go up the hill and to the terrace of the cathedral for pretty views over Helsinki. Explore Market Square (Kauppatori), where you can find souvenirs and taste local specialties. Walk along the Esplanade Park and Helsinki’s main street, Mannerheimintie, before stopping by the parliament building, National Museum, and Finlandia Hall, a concert and congress hall designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. After a walk through the district of Töölö, visit the unique Rock Church, carved within a rocky hill, and afterwards a have a short city bus trip to the park and monument dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. End the tour at the impressive granite Central Railway Station, where nearly a quarter of a million passengers pass through every day. This private walking tour allows variations in pick-up point, starting time and the route. Agree your most convenient timing and meet the guide from the port, railway station or a hotel.

Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

5. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your PhD student and professional city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the 20th century. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why Helsinkians picnic at gravesites, which statue is most discriminated against by seagulls, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Sightseeing Boat Tour

6. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Sightseeing Boat Tour

Explore Helsinki with the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and change your transportation to a sightseeing cruise. Both departure points are in the historical city center. See the city from both perspectives - from the land and from the sea. During the bus tour you can decide on stops and attractions you want to visit and once you're done, continue your tour with the next CityTour bus from the stop where you left. Step aboard a boat for a cruise around the archipelago of Helsinki for 1.5 hours and brings you back to the departure point.

Helsinki: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

7. Helsinki: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the charming and fascinating city of Helsinki which is a centre for maritime life. On this audio tour, learn of its history through visiting beautiful old buildings and hear of famous local composers who were crucial in the development of this Scandinavian city. Enjoy beautiful sights in Esplanade Park, marvel at the huge ferries coming and going in its harbour and visit the iconic Senate Square. Try something new in the country’s unique food market and learn about its daring swimming traditions. You will also see the Helsinki Information Centre, the Senate Square, Kaisaniemi Park, the Ateneum Art Museum with the Finnish National Gallery, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Parliament House, and the Design Museum. Your tour. Your way.

Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a tour of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and watch daily life unfold with stories and history from your guide. Visit city highlights, from the bustling Market Square where locals get their groceries to the colossal Central Library Oodi. Begin at the iconic Senate Square and admire the Lutheran Cathedral. From the square, see Helsinki University and the old Senate, and discover the meaning behind the statue of the Russian Czar. As you walk, feel free to ask your guide any questions about the capital. Next, follow your guide to the port and marvel at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Continue to Market Square and learn about Finnish gastronomy. Here, get tips on where to eat and drink after the tour. If you're lucky, you might see locals swimming and relaxing in the Baltic Sea. Make your way to Havis Amanda and learn about this statue's significance to many in the city. Stop at the picturesque Esplanade Park and see the man that the seagulls love the most. After passing by the Esplanade, walk through Helsinki's bustling Aleksanterinkatu street, and discover the "unicorn block". At the end of Aleksanterinkatu street, view the Three Smiths statue, which was damaged during the bombings of the Second World War. Hear stories about this complicated period of Finland's history and the impact that lingers to this day. Stop by the Helsinki Central Railway Station before coming to the last stop on the tour, the new Central Library Oodi. As you arrive, see the Finnish Parliament, the Music Centre, and Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum. Take a small tour inside the library and marvel at its unique architecture before finishing the tour.

Helsinki Airport Layover 3-hour Guided Tour

9. Helsinki Airport Layover 3-hour Guided Tour

If you have 3-4 hours between flights at the Helsinki airport you can travel to the city center to get an overview of this far northern capital and its inhabitants. You’ll have a chance to meet a local resident, passionate about Helsinki and its culture and history, who will help you make the most of your short time here. The guide will meet you at the airport or train station when you arrive and travel with you to Helsinki’s city center. From the airport, the train trip takes approximately 30 minutes. See some of the city’s most interesting sites, including the magnificent Senate Square and the surrounding 19th-century neighborhood. You’ll also see the unique Church in the Rock and several other places that are local favorites. After the excursion, head back to the airport with your guide, who’ll take you directly into the departures hall.

Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

10. Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

Discover Helsinki and visit some of its most famous sites with your help of your professional local guide. Your tour will start with a pick-up from your choice of meeting points in Helsinki harbor. Then it's time to set off to discover some of the city's most important cultural landmarks and historical monuments. See the Olympic Stadium and Sibelius Monument, take a turn around Esplanade Park and visit the Market Square and Old Market Hall. Complete your cultural tour by seeing the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and Senate Square. Your professional guide will share the city's stories along the way, with plenty of stops for photographs. Then, from Helsinki's Market Square, continue by ferry to Suomenlinna, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the world's largest sea fortresses that sprawls across a series of six small islands. During your walking tour, learn about the site's eventful history and see some of Suomenlinna's main attractions, such as the King's Gate, the Jetty Barracks, the Great Courtyard and Suomenlinna Church. After your tour, you will be taken back to Helsinki Market Square to continue your adventure. 

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What people are saying about Senate Square

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 355 reviews

This is the experience of a lifetime. We were advised to come a little early as the weather was cloudy and the crew did not want us to miss the sunset. They were a delight from the beginning to the end. We were even asked if we had any preferences for flying over a certain location. The timing ensured we got a beautiful evening view and an early night view as well. Would totally recommend this to everyone.

This was a very good and informative tour to take. It was done at a pace that we could really learn about the sites we visited and yet we were able to see and enjoy many things.

The best tour you can do. History, current affairs, architecture, Helsinki specials. Informative, to the point and enough time for coffee and questions. Any time

Excellent tour guide, Jonna. Very informative with an emphasis on the history and culture of Finland.

The Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent tour!