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Suomenlinna

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  • Day6

    Fortress of Suomenlinna

    August 17, 2017 in Finland

    The Soumenlinna sea fortress, was founded in 1748 and has played a role in the defence of 3 countries - Sweden, Russia and Finland. It was constructed in mid-1700's when Sweden wanted to fortify it's defence against Russia and (Finland was not yet independent) was called Viapori. It was thought to be impregnable but was surrendered during the Russian siege in 1808. It then became a lively Russian garrison for over 100 years. It was severely damaged during the Crimean War in 1855 then the Russians renovated the fortress and built a new sea defence line complete with earth ramparts.
    After Finland became independent in 1918 it was renamed Suomenlinna. The fortress was handed over to civilians in 1973 and is home to about 800 people. It's military tradition continues by the Naval Academy located on the islands. It become World heritage listed in 1991.
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  • Day6

    Suomenlinna today

    August 17, 2017 in Finland

    These days the fortress serves as a setting for many cultural activities. Many artists and crafts people have studios there, experts in restoration of traditional sailing ships are now based there.
    There are a few museums on this small island as well. A toy museum, military museum, customs, submarine and 2 others. Many restaurants and cafes, conference centres, a theatre, old church. Quite amazing to have all this packed on such a small island.
    Walking around it was amazing to see all the brickwork and turf growing on top. A lovely bunker that could have been a hobbit house. Lots and lots of tunnels that you could walk through with stalagtites growing off the roof. Actually a bit spooky at times.
    There were a group of tourists enjoying a game of bocci. Many people just go over for picnics and enjoy the coastline.
    I traveled over on the public ferry (free with my Helsinki card) and it only took 15 minutes, but no commentary this time. You can take a guided walk if you wish. I missed the last one as I took a wrong turn (I am NOT a great navigator!) and missed the walk. It was actually good as I had the map to tell me about sites and, (as I am not a great navigator) I took more turns than was on the "thin blue line" and so saw more.
    AND, I got to soak my aching feet in the Baltic Sea - walking over cobblestones for a few hours plays havoc on the feet and back.
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  • Day501

    Only one world heritage site in Helsinki - Suomenlinna Fortress! It's a fortress on a group of islands pretty much in the harbour of Helsinki, and date back to when Sweden controlled Finland. The designs were heavily inspired by Vauban, the military engineer whose work we'd encountered in France.

    So up we got, tram down to the harbour and then a ferry out to the islands which are popular as a day trip for locals as well. Plenty of turrets, bastions and walls to look at and film in front on, but lots of buildings and tunnels to explore as well. We had a great day wandering around in the sun, and had a nice salmon soup from the cafe for lunch as well. This basically took up the whole day!Read more

  • Day4

    Suomenlinna - Helsinki

    December 21, 2017 in Finland

    Today we took the Ferry to a local Island Suomenlinna Sea Fortress where we spent quite a few hours just walking around checking out all the fortifications. Suomenlinna was founded in 1748 on a cluster of islands off the coast of Helsinki. The fortifications and garrison buildings have been restored and converted into residential properties for 800 residents , studios, offices, cafes and museums. We had lunch in a little cafe in the Russian merchants quarter. Back on the mainland we then rode the tram around the city to a Rock Church which is a church built in 1969 of solid rock. We then went back to Senate Square for dinner I had the Russian Borscht soup and John a homemade hotdog. We also went into Stockman's department store to purchase some gingerbread as it was voted the best gingerbread in Europe.Read more

  • Day46

    Suomenlinna

    August 5, 2017 in Finland

    Old sea fortress in Helsinki harbor started by Sweden in the 18th century, taken over by Russia in the 19th century and finally became Finnish in the 20th century at independence with the fall of the Czar. Pictures are approaching the island fortress, the king's gate from inside and out, inside a bastion and the garrison chapel.

  • Day5

    Suomenlinna - Festungsinsel

    July 16, 2017 in Finland

    Nachdem man schon von der Fähre aus einiges von den Inseln sehen konnte (sah sehr beeindruckend aus!), fuhren wir noch mit einer kleineren Fähre auf die Insel Suomenlinna. Wir hatten noch Zeit, bis wir in unserem Hostel einchecken konnten, sodass wir uns die Festungsinsel anschauen konnten!
    Wahnsinn wie es früher alles so aussah. Man kann sich irgendwie kaum vorstellen, wie das alles gewesen sein muss. Sehr interessant aufjedenfall!

    Eine Tour ohne Zeitdruck, wäre ja auch langweilig. Also wurde es nochmal eng, sodass wir kurzer Hand entschieden mit dem Taxi zum Hotel zu fahren (Grundgebühr 9€, mehr muss man glaube ich nicht dazu sagen).
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Suomenlinna, Sveaborg, Суоменлинна

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