Friday, August 1, 2014

The best view over Helsinki

Helsinki doesn't have many very high buildings. One of the highest ones is Hotel Torni. And on the very top of it you find Ateljee Bar.

Northbound view from Ateljee Bar

Coming up here is a must for every tourist visiting Helsinki. From both their terraces you have a great view over the whole city and can get a good overview of what is where in Helsinki. You can see all of Helsinki's main sights and neighborhoods from Linnanmäki to Kaivopuist, from Katajanokka to Lauttasaari.

great view and great cocktails

But Ateljee is not only a place for tourists. Also for locals it's a great place to come from time to time to see their beautiful city from above and enjoy the view with a glass of wine or an outstanding cocktail.

Stockmann and Tuomiokirkko from above

To get to Ateljee Bar you have to enter from the main entrance of Hotel Torni and take the small evelator to the 12th floor. You have to climb the last steps yourself. And if you are at Ateljee don't forget to go to the bathroom. The toilets here are the most impressive in whole Helsinki.

Check it out!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beach and Angry Birds

Are you planning on heading for the beach with the family? A great place for the whole family and especially for kids is the beach at Lake Bodom.

Beach at Lake Bodom

Not only does this big lake in Espoo have a white sand beach and offer perfect swimming and paddling conditions. Also clean and newly rennovated changing rooms, showers and toilets are available and within easy reach. 

Angry Birds playground

But the thing that will confince kids about this beach is the new big Angry Birds playground. All their loved Angry Birds characters are here together with lots of possibilities for climbing, sliding, jumping and more. The entrance is of course free.

Check it out!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Thunderstorms

After hot temperatures for a long time we might now face some heavy summer thunderstorms for the upcoming two days.

Dark clouds over Katajanokka

Be prepared for quite some rain and don't forget to take an umbrella with you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Save the Sea - Drink Water

The Baltic Sea is one of the most threatened marine ecosystems on the planet. It suffers from decades of human activity in and around the sea, like over-fishing, irresponsible shipping practices, physical exploitation and the pressures from agriculture and industry.

DROPP Mineral Water

If you want to help save this unique marine ecosystem there is an easy way to do that now. Just buy DROPP Mineral Water. DROPP offers sustainable, Baltic Sea friendly spring water to consumers in Finland and donates 100% of its profits to support the rehabilitation of the Baltic Sea.

You can buy DROPP in many bars, restaurants, kiosks, cafes and even boats around Helsinki. Refresh yourself with a bottle of DROPP today and help save the Baltic Sea.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Birgitta - summer terrace by the sea

Birgitta Hernesaari

The great weather doesn't seem to stop. If you don't have any lunch or after work plans you should head to Hernesaari and visit the new cafe and restaurant Birgitta.

Iced latte and cake at Birgitta

Located right next to the sand beach Birgitta is the perfect summer hangout. Sit down on the summer terrace, smell the salty sea air and watch the boats entering and leaving the harbor.

bar at Birgitta

But it's not only the location that makes Birgitta a great place to be on a warm day. Their offering is as well. To keep a cool head get an iced latte, a cold lonkero or cider or one of their delicious homemade fruit juices. Getting hungry? Go either for some tasty pastry or check out what their food from the grill. A nice burger with potato wedges might fit well with your cold drinks.

Birgitta summer terrace

Birgitta is open daily from 9:00 till 22:00. Between 11:00 and 14:30 they also serve lunch. Check it out and enjoy the wonderful summer day!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

On the rocks

Do you have a favorite spot next to the sea around Helsinki? Maybe on one of the rocks overlooking the water?

Rocks at Lauttasaari

Have a nice Sunday!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rally at Hietalahti

In a few minutes the Neste Oil Rally Helsinki Battle beginns. What is special about this rally is that it takes place in the city. This is the perfect opportunity for you to follow a rally battle without having to travel anywhere.

Hietalahti the night before the race

Also the list of drivers is impressive. It will be a battle of today's rally stars against the legends such as Juha Kankkunen.

The event starts at 11:00 and lasts the whole day until 17:30. The entrance is of course for free. Check it out and have fun!

Friday, July 25, 2014

A beach weekend

This weekend awaits with hot summer temperatures again. The best thing to do is to spend the time at the beach and refresh in the cold water.

beach at Hernesaari

Around Helsinki you find lots of great beaches along the shoreline. And even though it has been quite cold during June the warm temperatures of the last days and weeks have warmed up the sea that much that swimming is possible without problems. Especially at beaches with shallow water like Lauttasaari's Kasinonranta the temperatures can be as high as 23 degrees and more. Or head to a lake in Espoo or Vantaa.

Check out the list of all the beaches in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Banking gets easier for foreigners

Many foreigners in Finland complain about how though it is to get full banking services from Finnish banks. While Finns just need to show their driving license it can often be a pain for citicens of other countries to receive the same services such as online banking.

S-Pankki Online Banking

Luckily this will change now. Finland's Discrimination Tribunal has ruled that Finnish banks have to accept foreign ID documents. You can find more detailed information on the topic from Yle News or read the tribunal's official press release (in English).

This should make your next visit to the bank much more easy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Töölö's exhibitionists

No, this post is not about people running around naked in town. Nor is the wonderful small café in Töölö with the peculiar name The Exhibistionists.

coffee and bread at The Exhibitionists

But it is a place you should pay a visit to. The Exhibistionists on Museokatu has room for just a few customers but is dedicated to making their stay as cozy and comfortable as possible. While listening to French music from the loudspeakers feel free to grab one of the books from the shelf and let your thoughts travel. The occasional sip on a cup of good, freshly brewed coffee makes that experience even better.

The Exhibitionists cafe

The Exhibtionists is also a good choice for a bite in the morning. They serve breakfast every day of the week and on the weekend also offer brunch. For breakfast you can just drop by any time. Make sure to make a reservation for the weekend brunch though. As mentioned the seats there are limited so they need to know how many people are coming.

Give it a try!