A maritime must-see, the Suomenlinna Fortress is a sea fortress and garrison town that stretches across six islands off the coast of Helsinki. In 1748, Suomenlinna was built to protect the city of Helsinki from visitors, but today it functions as a tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage site where visitors are free to wander, learn and picnic.
Visiting Suomenlinna Fortress
Suomenlinna Fortress is open to visitors (generally from 10.30 am to 4.30pm) every day of the year and entry is free - visitors only need to pay for the cost of their crossing to and from Suomenlinna. Waterbus services run frequently during the summer season but are less frequent during the winter.
Guided tours are available at the cost of approx 8 euros per adult and 4 euros per child, though visitors can tour the fortress themselves by taking 'the blue route' where signposts direct people to places of interest where they will also find helpful information boards.
Getting to Suomenlinna Fortress from the Radisson Blu Seaside Helsinki, Hotel
Suomenlinna Fortress is easily reached from the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki a hotel in Helsinki city centre. Just walk for 30 minutes from this hotel or take the tram, bus, subway or a taxi to the ferry terminal off Bulevardi (one of Helsinki's principal shopping streets). From there, ferries depart regularly to Suomenlinna. In total, the journey from the hotel to the fortress should take less than 40 minutes.