Former working class area and today the most colorful residential zone of Helsinki and Finland
Did you know? Kallio is the former working-class district of Helsinki and Today it's the most bohemian and liberal area of the whole country. It has a colorful history, small lovely boutiques, coffee shops, second-hand shops and a large number of bars.
Hear stories about the criminal background of the area and its notorious bars, see the interesting and historical buildings and sights of Kallio, take a look at one of the oldest public saunas of Helsinki and hear more about the Finnish sauna culture, experience the area with a real local and see how locals live in one of the most authentic districts of Helsinki!
- The tour will start from the Hakaniemi area, which is part of the Kallio district, where you will hear the history of this fascinating neighborhood
- Walking towards the Kallio church, the first library of Finland, built for the working class with the financial help of the state and many other interesting buildings and sights. There might also be the possibility to visit the church tower (with an amazing view over the city of Helsinki!), but the permission needs to be asked each time, in case that the church has an event or mass.
- Continuing the walking tour, you will see Torkkelinmäki, a luminous and parklike residential area built in the 1920s, here you will also see Helsinki's only original and traditional public wood-fired sauna, that dates back to 1928
- Before ending our tour, we will see among other things the old "knife boulevard", the former red-light district and the former mortuary, a beautiful building that is today used as a youth center.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The tour will start in the Hakaniemi district, in front of the main doors of "Ympyrätalo", the circle-shaped office building.
End location: The tour will end on the opposite side of the Kallio area (from where the tour started), and I will be glad to show you how to get back to the city with public transport. You can also stay in the area for eating or trying out the public sauna.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
The tour can last up to 2-3 hours, depending on the walking pace
This tour is a walking tour, but can also be made with a separate car and driver. Ask for more information!
Experienced, authorized Helsinki guide and real Kallio local.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
8 € - Day travel pass for public transport is 8€. However, you can also use a taxi, from the city center it would be about 15 €/one way.
The tour is a walking tour, you will need good shoes and depending on the weather a waterproof jacket.
After the tour, you will have the possibility to stay in the area to try the public sauna (closed on Mondays, you can bring your own towel and other utilities, or just rent them there) or go to a restaurant. I will give you tips after the tour.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.