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The City Museum’s Ghost Walks give a ghastly view of Helsinki’s cultural history. Learn about different areas of the city and the ghost stories and mysteries that partly form their urban history.
There are currently two different Ghost Walks:
The Promenade Ghost Walk features the city centre’s park-lined streets, Esplanadi and Bulevardi. Get to know the Plague Park Haunters, The Kappeli Restaurant ghost and the restless soul residing in the Alexander Theatre. The tour starts from the City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16.
The Kruununhaka Ghost Walk starts from the City Museum and ends at the Burgher’s House Museum at Kristianinkatu 12. The walk takes place amidst the beautiful jugend-style houses of the Kruununhaka neighborhood, which sets a moody stage for grizzly historical stories. Perhaps you might catch a glimpse of the Grey lady at Svenska Klubben, or the headless colonel of Vironkatu.
The walks last for approximately 75 minutes, and are recommended from ages 10 and up. The maximum group size is 25, and the price 150 €.
WARTIME EVERYDAY LIFE IN A WORKING CLASS DISTRICT WALKING TOUR
This year, everyone interested in the stories Helsinki has to tell can participate in the walking tours organised in the surroundings of the Worker Housing Museum. The theme of the tours is the events of the Finnish Civil War of 1918.
The walking tours introduce the life on the northern side of the Pitkäsilta Bridge, marking the difference between the upper and middle class Helsinki city centre and eastern working class Helsinki for decades, through touching stories of the people who lived in the district during the Civil War. Wartime was restless on the streets and in the parks of Kallio where bottles travelled from hand to hand, knife blades shimmered in the moonlight and youngsters brawled despite the temporary prohibition. The turmoil could also be seen in the everyday life of working class families. It was difficult to have your children educated, as schools were turned into barracks and the youth were advised to avoid bourgeois sports associations. Tormented by this plight, cramped living conditions and unemployment, working-class women were not afraid to take action and eventually even take up arms… The guided walking tour going through locations where wartime events took place starts from the courtyard of the Worker Housing Museum (Kirstinkuja 4).
The admission to the walking tour is 10 €, paid with card or cash before the start of the tour.
Walking tours are also organised on order for groups for the price of 150 €.
The Tsar´s Helsinki Walking Tour dives into the first hundred years of building Helsinki into the capital of Finland and its central monuments. The heart of the capital of autonomous Finland developed around the Senate Square. Influences were searched for from Saint Petersburg and Berlin’s Neoclassicism in which symmetry, column systems and other architectural methods inherited from the Classical Period and the Renaissance played a significant part. In the late 19th century, a smaller square of public buildings formed by the Bank of Finland, the House of the Estates and the National Archives of Finland was created adjacent to the Senate Square. It also reflected the ideals of the Renaissance but with a more patriotic nature. The walking tour starts from the Helsinki City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16, and ends in the park of the House of Estates.
The Kruununhaka Walking Tour introduces the oldest neighbourhood in Helsinki city centre. It offers a cross-section of the history of Helsinki’s development and growth in miniature. Kruununhaka is the location of many important public buildings, such as The House of Nobility, The Finnish Literature Society Building, different ministries and schools as well as interesting residential buildings, starting from the Hose Master’s House, the oldest wooden residential house in Helsinki city centre. Kruununhaka’s long history means that its residents include many prominent figures in Finnish history from artists to heads of state. The walking tour starts from the Helsinki City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16, and ends by the Hose Master’s House.
The Katajanokka Art Nouveau Walking Tour presents the largest consistent Art Nouveau residential area in Finland. The tour introduces the participants to the world-renowned top buildings in Katajanokka and also sheds light to the societal developments that led to the most cramped shanty town of the city transforming into the first neighbourhood in Finland to be built entire out of stone in only a few years’ time. Awakening patriotism, clashes between political ideas and the new architecture and a generation of architects were all ingredients that contributed to the creation of this unique neighbourhood at the turn of the previous century. The walking tour starts from the Helsinki City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16, and ends at the end of Luotsikatu.
The Classism in Etu-Töölö Walking Tour leads the participants in the amazing maze that is Etu-Töölö. Its unique atmosphere is created by the detailed plan inspired by the Middle Ages and architecture representing the 1920s Classism. The buildings in Etu-Töölö are characterised by the distinguished and composed yet elegant architecture and the attempt to create a uniform urban landscape. This makes Etu-Töölö one of the most impressive neighbourhoods from the 1920s in Finland. Its most precious crown jewels are the Parliament House and Kunsthalle Helsinki, and brave ensembles can be found around the Temppeliaukio Church and at the western end of Museokatu and Caloniuksenkatu. The walking tour starts from Villa Hakasalmi and ends at Museokatu in the so-called Sonck Quarter.
Admission to the walking tour is 10 €. Walking tours on order 150 €. An invoicing fee of 10 € is added to invoiced tours.
You can check the times of the walking tours open to public from the Helsinki City Museum’s event calendar.
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