If your visit to Helsinki is one of the stages of a cruise on the Baltic Sea, the Market Square will be your contact with the Finnish capital. Indeed , this open space facing the harbor in front of which the municipality is located, is one of the key points of the center of Helsinki. From the Market Square start small scenic touring boats for the islands of the archipelago of Helsinki and is very close to the pier where cruise ships arrive or large boats line that from the Finnish capital take you to Stockholm in Sweden or Tallinn in Estonia.
Facing the Market Square stands the imposing cathedral Uspenski Orthodox rite and from the square lies the little Tori Quarter which connects with the nearby Senate Square. From the Main Market Square you can see part of Helsinki’s main avenue Esplanadi, whose central garden is perhaps the busiest street of the cosmopolitan city. But above all, the market square, at least when the weather permits is a meeting place to cover a market with a wide variety of products. From food to crafts or souvenirs. On my recent trip to Helsinki I enjoyed a great time, and I could see the great atmosphere that prevails in the market where there was no shortage of bars to eat and have a beer sitting on their terraces.
Amanda Fountain of Market Square
Helsinki Market Square
I could not visit the Old Market large building which is under renovation until 2014 but instead I entered the City Hall of Helsinki which is open to visitors and where you can find temporary exhibitions or sit for a consultation on a computer.
Helsinki City Hall
Helsinki photos: Henrik Von, Luigi Strano, jinxsi1960, Matt Prince, il neige sur leige, Sampo Raponen.