After breakfast, we caught a speedy bus to Helsinki and walked to our hotel after only a few navigational setbacks and picking up Helsinki passes.
It’s our first night in a real hotel, so we’re pretty excited about the space, blackout curtains, and extra pillows! We decided to first do a little sink laundry before heading out to get a feel for the city, the second capital of Finland designated and designed by Russia after Finland became a Russian duchy in 1809.
Starting at Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, we began a Rick Steve’s walk through the older parts of town, also visiting Market Square (where we stopped to eat some fresh berries), the Esplanade, Senate Square, the Lutheran Cathedral, the City Museum (pretty cool but not very comprehensive), and the Central Train Station.
We considered continuing, but spotted a cafe that called our names, so we stopped for linner (lunch-dinner: common in our household).
After that, we decided to just fit in a couple more sights: The Chapel of Silence, a quiet retreat for mediation in the bustling city, and the Botanical Gardens before heading back to the hotel for a quiet night.
7:30am Check Out/Breakfast/Taxi or walk to Bus Station
9:20am Bus to Helsinki
1:00pm Temppeliaukio Church
2:00pm Helsinki Cathedral
2:45pm Helsinki City Museum
4:00pm Uspenski Cathedral
5:00pm Amos Anderson Art Museum
6:30pm Design Museum
7:30pm Dinner/Explore Kaivopuisto Park