Silakka Markkinat

The first Herrings-Market in Helsinki was organized in 1743. Still at the end of the 19th century the harbor looked very picturesque with large sailing boats docking at the quay  (see  featured image from the ©Helsinki Museum picture archive). Der erste Heringsmarkt in Helsinki fand 1743 statt. Noch am Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts sah der…

Sibelius Violin Concerto

I had the great pleasure today to listen to  the Violin concerto of Jean Sibelius in the same premises where it was performed the first time! The city hall of Helsinki, then still Seurahuone Hotel, features an impressive celebration hall and has hosted many balls, concerts and events since the 19th century till today. The…

Suomenlinna Fortress

In addition to taking my exams as a Helsinki Guide, I have enrolled into a training to become an authorized Suomenlinna Guide. The large historic sea fortress on several (5,6,7,8? The number keeps changing) islands in front of Helsinki has made it into the Unesco World Heritage list. It has been a very important influence…