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Senate Square

Snap photos of the fascinating buildings surrounding this huge square, which is the cultural center of politics, religion and science in the city.

Encircled by a cathedral and museums, Senate Square is a popular gathering point. The large plaza serves as a tribute to the impressive 19th-century neoclassical designs of German architect Carl Ludvig Engel. Visit the buildings for a greater understanding of Finnish culture and history.

Gaze up at the magnificent green turrets and domes of Helsinki Cathedral on the northern side of the square. Note the large pediment above the white columns of this inspiring church, which stands atop a high set of stairs. Climb the steep flight of steps to gaze out at the rest of the plaza from the top. The cathedral is open to visitors daily from morning until late in the evening.

In front of the church stands the imposing Statue of Alexander II. Inspect the green outline of Emperor Alexander II and learn about his reforms that led to greater independence for Finland from the Russians.

Peruse the seemingly endless rows of tomes in the National Library of Helsinki. Admire its external yellow façade, white columns and central rotunda. In the southeastern corner of the square is the Sederholm House, which is the city’s oldest stone building. Visit the adjacent Helsinki City Museum for intriguing exhibitions that tell the story of local life.

Attend a concert or political rally in this important square. See the snow buildings and snowboarding events that take place in winter. Digital carillon music sounds from the plaza’s surrounding buildings in the late afternoon. Stand by the statue for optimal acoustics for the tune, which lasts for more than 5 minutes.

Learn about the history of the square, which was mostly designed by Engel between 1822 and 1852.

Senate Square is surrounded by some of the city’s most iconic structures in the heart of downtown Helsinki. Ride the bus to one of the stops on the roads surrounding the plaza or walk southeast for 10 minutes from Helsinki Railway Station to get here. The square is right beside the Kaisaniemi metro station and near the Helsinki University.


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Mannerheimintie 10, Helsinki
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Kamppi, this hotel is steps from Swedish Theatre and Stockmann. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ylioppilastalo Station and Erottaja Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Clarion Hotel Helsinki $122
    Clarion Hotel Helsinki

    Clarion Hotel Helsinki

    Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Helsinki, Uusimaa
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Etelainen District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Harbour Terminal and Helsinki West Terminal. Stockmann and Finlandia Hall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hietalahti Station is 5 minutes by foot and Itamerenkatu Station is 6 minutes.

      GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi $116
      GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

      GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

      Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Kluuvi, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ateneum Art Museum and Kauppatori Market Square. Presidential Palace and Amos Rex are also within 10 minutes. Mikonkatu Station and Ylioppilastalo Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki $90
        Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki

        Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki

        Ruoholahdenranta 3, Helsinki
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Kamppi, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hietalahti Flea Market and Helsinki West Terminal. Stockmann and Finlandia Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hietalahti Station is only a 2-minute walk and Kalevankatu Station is 4 minutes.

          Scandic Grand Marina $99
          Scandic Grand Marina

          Scandic Grand Marina

          Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Katajanokka, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Allas Sea Pool, Stockmann, and Helsinki Cathedral. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki West Terminal are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kauppiaankatu Tram Station and Katajanokan Puisto Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Hotel F6 $154
            Hotel F6

            Hotel F6

            Fabianinkatu 6, Kaartinkaupunki, Helsinki, Uusimaa
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Kaartinkaupunki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Esplanadi and Stockmann. Helsinki Cathedral and Finlandia Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kauppatori Station and Etelaranta Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Scandic Kaisaniemi
              Scandic Kaisaniemi

              Scandic Kaisaniemi

              Kaisaniemenkatu 7, Helsinki
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Kluuvi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Helsinki Cathedral and Stockmann. Finlandia Hall and Olympic Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). Varsapuistikko Station is only a 4-minute walk and Kaisaniemi Station is 6 minutes.

                Scandic Park Helsinki $95
                Scandic Park Helsinki

                Scandic Park Helsinki

                Mannerheimintie 46-48, Helsinki
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Etelainen District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Finnish National Opera and Finlandia Hall. Olympic Stadium and Helsinki Ice Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hesperian Puisto Station and Toolontori Station are within a 5-minute walk.