Helsinki Highlights & Architecture and visit Architect Saarinen's Home Museum Hvitträsk, Out of Town
We drive around in Helsinki to see the main sights and then to the countryside. First we visit Hvittraesk Museum, built between 1901-1903 by architects Herman Gezellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. The main building, designed in National Romantic style, built of logs and natural stone, was both a common studio and a home for Eliel Saarinen and Armas Lindgren for some years after it was completed. Located outside Helsinki, 25 min drive through the countryside.
Then we return to Helsinki and see all the highlights, including the Railway Station designed by Saarinen.
Another famous Finnish architect was Alvar Aalto and his studio can also be visited (must be checked in advance).
I also suggest visiting an art exhibition, like the historical Tarvaspaa or Ateneum, the Finnish National Gallery. Please note that museums are closed on Mondays.
Time permitting, we pop in the Finnish Design shop, iittala, on the Esplanade.
This excursion can be customized and my hobby is design, art and architecture.
The Saarinen museum is only open from May to October and not open on Mondays & Tuesdays.
On this tour, you get to see the main highlights of Helsinki, as well as the countryside, and a lake.
Visit Hvittraesk, approx. 90 min altogether. We go in and visit the museum that used to be the home of the Saarinen family.
On our way back to Helsinki, we also visit Tarvaspaa, the atelier of artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
We will drive around and see all Helsinki Highlights (incl. the Sibelius Monument, etc. )
Also walking a little on the Open Air Market and/or the Esplanade. Maybe have a look at Finnish Design.
Drive by the Central Railway Station and the National Museum, also some other Art Nouveau buildings designed by Saarinen.
The historical center of Helsinki is around the Senate Square where the Helsinki Cathedral is located.
Visit the Rock Church, with pre-purchased tickets (included).
Order of the sights may vary.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: The airport is 30 min drive outside the city and must be agreed separately
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Either by the pier or if you like, you can stay in the city. The harbour is 2 miles away from downtown. Some ships have shuttles. The airport is a 25 min drive away from the city.
Duration: 5 hours
The museums are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but for an extra fee, I am able to arrange entrance.
Hvittrask is only open during the summer season.
A nice hired minivan with A/C and always with a chauffeur
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 EUR - Refreshments or coffee with a snack.
Bottle of water 2 euros
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I do not drive when I'm guiding, there is always a minivan or car with a driver (included in the price)
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My husband, I, and 2 teenage boys had one day in Helsinki. This was a great way to find and see everything we wanted to. Maarit was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We also enjoyed learning a bit about Finnish culture. It was nice to also have a driver so we could just worry about seeing things, not driving.