Nice neighbourhoods for a stroll
Katajanokka, Kruunuhaka and Eira are the neighbourhoods where visitors who want to see Art Nouveau apartment buildings should take a stroll. Kallio Church is a bit further away, but it is definitely worth a visit if you’re not in a hurry.
An expert on Helsinki’s Art Nouveau architecture is the local chimneysweep, Isto Rantanen. Even though he’s spent over 30 years on the rooftops of Helsinki, the old architecture still makes a big impression on him.
“The best thing about the old buildings is that you can always find something new. The new buildings these days are more or less dull and disposable,” Isto claims.