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Katajanokka, Helsinki

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Once a peninsula and now a separate island, Katajanokka long remained a well-kept local secret that has flourished into a restaurant hotspot with buzzing atmosphere. As you wander through the charming area, take time to appreciate ornate facades of well-preserved art nouveau buildings and the gold onion domes of the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe. Other highlights include a former 19th-century prison converted into a hotel, a Ferris wheel offering a bird's-eye view of Helsinki, an outdoor sea swimming pool with saunas, and views of the Finnish icebreaker fleet moored at the harbor. Work out when and for how long to visit Katajanokka and other Helsinki attractions using our handy Helsinki trip planner.
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  • Katajanokka is actually an island. The Katajanokka channel separates it from the mainland, to which it is connected by four bridges. The area by the bridges is known as Kanavaranta. Here you can...  more »
  • A quiet (mostly) residential area with a few nice restaurants, some bars and the Viking Line terminal (if you're going somewhere). If you like architecture you can walk around for a while or just...  more »

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