Gorky Park (9, Krymskiy Val, Moscow) – this was a one-time amusement park that was transformed in 2011 (removing the outdated rides that were once there). Nowadays, sports & recreational activities such as aerobics, yoga and salsa dancing, can be found there, along with an open-air cinema. During the cold months, there’s an 18,000 sq. meter […]
Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador sobre la sangre derramada (2b Naberezhnaya Kanala Gribboyedova San Petersburgo): construida entre 1883 y 1907, esta es otra estructura bien decorada en Rusia, que consta de mosaicos increíblemente detallados, diseñados y creados por los artistas rusos más prominentes de los últimos tiempos. Siglo XIX (VM Vasnetsov, MV Nesterov y MA Vrubel). […]
Catherine Palace (Czarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg): this palace was named after Catherine I (wife of Peter the Great). Finished in 1756, the extravagance invested into this palace ranged from its size (1 km in circumference), to its exterior (with elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades, and trimmings laced with 100 kg. of gold). The palace’s interior is […]
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (ulitsa Volkhonka, 15, Moscow) – this huge cathedral is among the structures that dominate Moscow’s skyline along the city’s river. Russian ruler Joseph Stalin took down the cathedral, with plans to build a “Palace of the Soviets” (including a 100-meter statue of Lenin). With such plans never being realized, the […]
Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi (Seurasaarentie 15, Helsinki) — Tamminiemi served as the official residence of the President of Finland between 1940–1981, and a scene for many political negotiations and decisions.. The guided tours and changing exhibitions shed light on the history of post-war Finland in an authentic environment. Admission: €6.50 (adult), €2.50 (seniors/students). Hours: 11 […]
Suomenlinna Toy Museum (Suomenlinna C 66, Helsinki) – this museum exhibits toys from the early 19th century until the 1960s. The collection features hundreds of dolls, around a hundred teddy bears and other old toys. Admission: : €6.00 (adult), €3.00 (seniors/students).
Sibelius Monument – this is dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), and is located at Sibelius Park (Sibeliuspuisto) in Helsinki’s Töölö district. This piece of abstract art consists of over 600 hollow steel pipes wielded together in wave-like fashion.
Seurasaari Open-Air Museum (Helsinki) — the open-air museum of Seurasaari (founded in 1909) is located on a beautiful green island just a few kilometers from downtown Helsinki. The island is a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city and at the museum the traditional Finnish way of life is displayed in the cottages, farmsteads […]
Sederholm House (Aleksanterinkatu 16-18, Helsinki) — in 2012 the Helsinki City Museum opened the Children’s Town. This new kind of children’s museum invites children of all ages and their families to experience the history of Helsinki first-hand. In the Children’s Town, children can play in boutiques and workshops from 18th-century Helsinki, sit at a school […]
National Museum of Finland (Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki) — The museum presents Finnish life from prehistoric times to the present. Unique exhibits tell about life over a period of 10,000 years. Admission: €8 (general). Hours: 11 am – 6 pm (Tues. – Sun.).