Probably by far the most historic beaches in Helsinki, Suomenlinna Beach began life as a Swedish fortress when Finland was part of the Kingdom of Sweden. The original entrance to the fortress, Kuninkaanportti (“King’s Gate”) and its antique cannons continue to stand as symbols of Suomenlinna. The area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Adding to that rich history is nearby Suomenlinna Church, built in 1854 and one of only three churches in Finland to serve as a lighthouse for both planes and ships.
The beach area itself more than lives up to this lofty past, offering a spectacular view out over Helsinki’s bay, with each of the six tiny islands of the archipelago which makes up Suomenlinna offering a different perspective. At some points, the terrain is rocky, rugged, and perfect for hiking, while other areas instead feature soft white sand that’s perfect for a day by the beach. Market Square is close by, so you can walk or bike between it and the beach with ease, allowing you to enjoy local cuisine from Suomenlinna mainstays such as Café Piper, which has served the area since 1928.
For its rich cultural history and spectacular variety among its six islands, Suomenlinna Beach is one of the must-see beaches in the Helsinki area.
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