Set Current Location
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.
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.
The Old Church Park is one of Helsinki's most beautiful parks. Its elm trees provide a haven for people to rest under during their hectic days. In the eighteenth century, the park housed a cemetery, the final resting place of thousands of people up to 1918. In 1710, half the population of Helsinki was buried in the park, victims to the plague. Monuments in the park commemorate some of the soldiers buried here, and there is the famous statue of Finnish activist and children's writer Elias Lönnrot, the man who compiled the national epic Kalevala. Emil Wikström sculpted the statue in 1902. The most important feature of the park is the Neo-Classical Old Church, the oldest existing church in Helsinki, designed by C.L. Engel and completed in 1826. In addition to the Old Church, Engel designed a stone gate for the park's main entrance in 1928. The gate is inscribed with some memorial words for the plague victims buried in the area.
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.
Located in the center of the city, the Sinebrychoff Park is a popular park in the city. Good for a leisurely stroll, it is frequented by locals looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Though surrounded by commercial or residential buildings, its proximity to the harbor provides it with a pleasant climate, and can give beautiful views of the city, especially at sunset. The park is also home to the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and plays host to concerts and other cultural events from time to time.
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.
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.