Private Helsinki Design Uncovered Walking Tour


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Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Hiking and Walking, City


Kid Friendly: Yes. All my tours are child-friendly. I am parent myself and families are warmly welcome!

Friendly: No.
You must be able to walk with relative ease and able to get in and out of public transport if needed. Comfortable walking shoes are advisable.

Maximum travelers: 10



Spanish (fluent), German (basic), French (basic), Finnish (fluent), English (fluent)

Private Helsinki Design and Architecture Walking Tour with Private Guide

Helsinki is home to some of the greatest names in modern architecture and design: Aalto, Saarinen. Their creations can be found all around the city and within easy walking distance. Did you know that Finnish-born US Architecht Eero Saarinen was also an acclaimed interior designer ? Helsinki was crowned 2012 World Design Capital so lets take a Design and Architecture tour and see what it's all about!

On our walk we will admire the city's abundant and varied architecture: Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Functionalist and Modern.

We will look at the Esplanadi area, home to the classical Design District showcasing the works of great Finnish names such as Aalto, Saarinen, Aarnio, Wirkkala and Sarpaneva. There we will also find the iconic interior designs of Artek , fashion and accessories from Marimekko and Aarikka, plus ceramics and glass from Iittala.

Time also will be available for a relaxed coffee break.

If your group size is over 10 persons please contact me for a personal tour offer.


Main Milestones:

1) Meet at hotel or cruise harbor and begin tour.

2) Cruise passengers: Transfer to city center, approximately 20 minutes with commentary along route.

3) Begin design tour focusing on architectural design.

4) Continue tour with remainder of itinerary covering the design Area of Esplanadi, and Design Forum.

5) Break for coffee, refreshments at selected cafe along the route.

6) Tour completed. I can accompany you back to your hotel or assist in return to cruise harbor.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your selected location and you can identify me from a sign with your group name.

End location: End location: Hotel guests:
After tour is over I will escort you back to your hotel or give you some ideas on how to spend the rest of your day in town.

Cruise passengers:
I will show how to return back to the harbor on public transport. There is a dedicated bus-tram route that terminates at cruise harbor. Alternatively, if you wish to stay on in town, I can advise you on how to spend the rest of your day in town.

Duration: 4 hours

On Sundays some of the Designer stores on the itinerary are closed and we will look at alternative options.


Cruise passengers: If needed, we will take public transport into town .

Hotel guests: Helsinki center is very compact so we can begin our walking tour as soon as we leave the hotel.

What’s Included

Other: You will receive my undivided attention as a qualified Design Guide, Finnish language interpreter and cross cultural adviser!

Estimated Local Cash Needed

3 EUR - Cruise passengers: You will need approx 3 EUR/person for a single fare on the tram into the city centre if your ship arrives at an outer harbour. Some harbors are in the city center so then a travel pass will not be needed.

Hotel guests : If your hotel is in the city center (as the vast majority are) , you will not need a public transport ticket as the city is very compact and all the sights on the tour itinerary can be reached on foot.

What’s Extra

Other: Entry to THE ROCK CHURCH is charged at EUR 3/person payable in cash at the door.


Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, I am not allowed to give tours inside the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress. Only accredited Suomenlinna guides permitted. The island is visible from the mainland by boat where commentary is unrestricted.

A Recent Review of this tour

She gave different perspectives to Finnish design. Suitable for both Finns and foreigners. Very energetic, enthusiastic, seems that she enjoys her work. Thanks you, we had a great time!
Sophia Boleckis

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