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Eläintarha is a vast parkland between the neighborhoods of Töölö and Hakaniemi. It comprises of two bays, Töölönlahti and Eläintarhanlahti along which one can walk and enjoy the scenic beauty. The park is close to the Olympic Stadium as well. Though the meaning of Eläintarha is "zoo", it never had a zoo within it.
The City Winter Garden's greenhouses and the surrounding park constitute one of the city's bestknown sights. The winter garden is known especially for its exotic palm trees and cacti, as well as its rockeries. The famous greenhouses housing the palm trees were donated by J. J. Lindfors, and this is commemorated with a bust sculpted by Walter Runeberg. The winter garden does not have greenhouses as elegant or beautiful as the University Botanical Gardens boast, but the huge variety of plants contained within, and the lovely terraces in front of the building more than make up for that. The appearance of the greenhouse is also enhanced by the 1868 sculpture of Kullervo Puhuu Miekalleen (Kullervo Addresses his Sword), which stands in front of the building.
Gorgeous Hesperia Park is considered by many to be the city's most beautiful park. It is cut off on one side by the Finnish National Opera building and on the other side by the Finlandia Hall. The rolling grassy fields and the willows lining the footpath At night, mood lighting gives the park a unique feel. The latest addition is the monument to President Kekkonen, a lovely pool illuminated by a row of hand-shaped lamps. There is a little artificial stream next to the Finlandia Hall, and a small sandy beach. The park is one of the main venues for the annual Night of the Arts during the Helsinki Festival, usually used for children's entertainment.
The little park gets its name from a sculpture of a bear by Jussi Mantynen dating from 1931.
The attractive park is worth a visit for its impressive Sibelius monument alone.
The Botanical Garden is a part of the Finnish Museum of Natural History, run by and located at the University of Helsinki. The garden consists of two greenhouses, an exhibition gallery, and of course the outside garden. The Botanical Garden serves to provide education and research on all kinds of plants.
Kaisaniemi Park, behind the National Theatre, is among the most beautiful parks in Helsinki and dates from the 1880s. It was named after Kaisa Wahllund, owner of a very popular café in the park. Students, fans of the park since the opening of the café, still cherish Kaisaniemi as their own. Early in the morning of May Day, the park fills up with students who, celebrate the day with song. The central landmark of the park is the small lake, and there are also several statues in a range of styles. Right in front of the park is Esirippu, a memorial to actress and theatrical impresario Ida Aalberg designed by Raimo Utriainen. Near the main entrance stands Convolvulus, a 1931 sculpture of a young girl by Viktor Jansson. On a steep slope dotted with trees is Nuori hirvi, a realistic statue of a young elk, which blends quite nicely into its surroundings. The park extends all the way to the lovely boulevard on the banks of Kaisaniemi Bay and to the historical Pitkäsilta bridge. The University Botanical Gardens are in the middle.
Tähtitorninmäki (Observatory Hill) is a delightful park as well as one of the city's best panoramic locations. When you climb up the hill from the direction of the Market Square, the first thing that catches your eye is the memorial to the Hapsburg shipwreck victims, designed by Gunnar Finne in 1939. Right next to the memorial is the German church. If you follow the path closest to the shore, up the hill, you'll come to the bronze Statue of the Shipwrecked, a well-known landmark designed by Robert Stigell in 1897. There is also a great view from the statue over to the Market Square, Katajanokka and the Suomenlinna sea fortress. Tähtitorninmäki got its name from the Tähtitorni, Observatory, which stands upon it. The observatory was designed by C.L. Engel and built in 1833. The top of the hill offers a great view all over the city. The most famous sight is probably what greets your eye when you stand ! in front of the observatory and look straight down Unioninkatu towards the district of Kallio.