10 Things to Do in Uusimaa That You Shouldn't Miss

December 13, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Uusimaa (Swedish: Nyland, Finnish: [ˈuːsimɑː]; Swedish: [ˈnyːlɑnd]; both lit. “new land”) is a region of Finland. It borders the regions of Southwest Finland, Tavastia Proper, Päijänne Tavastia, and Kymenlaakso. Finland’s capital and largest city, Helsinki, along with the surrounding Greater Helsinki area, are both contained in the region, which makes Uusimaa Finland's most populous region. The population of Uusimaa is 1,638,469.

1. Helsinki Tram System

Toinen linja 7 A, Helsinki 00530, Finland +358 9 31011111
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Helsinki Tram System

Reviewed By Nomeian - Melbourne, Australia

You can jump on a tram and go anywhere in the city. You can go east to west and north to south with a simple to use card system. You can also see a lot of the major sites from the tram network. We have a large one in Melbourne, which is easy to use, and this felt right at home.

2. Mannerheim Museum

Kalliolinnantie 14, Helsinki 00140, Finland +358 3 5809635443
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Mannerheim Museum

Reviewed By Oleg Y - Belgrade, Serbia

That is what we saw in this fascinating museum of Baron Gustav Mannerheim, former president, commander in chief of the Finnish Army and Finnish Civil War (1918 -1920) victor.
This museum is located to the south from Kauppatori ( Market Square), near the shore of Gulf of Finland.
From the outside, an appearance of an ordinary finnish house and when we entered inside, also perceived a modesty in the rooms, the belongings to this statesman, great field marshal, and an intrepid person. Here, within this museum,as the Finns call it Kaivopuisto, there are the hundreds of military medals and photographs from Mannerheim extraordinary life. There is a guided tour in English.
Not to miss, that's for sure.

3. Porvoo Old Town

Jokikatu and Mannerheiminkatu, Porvoo 06100, Finland +358 20 692250
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Porvoo Old Town

Reviewed By Josecito357 - Cordoba, Argentina

Beautiful town, not just the old part of it, but the whole town is magic, coloured and quiet. And very close to Helsinki, you can just take a regular bus from Helsinki centre and you will be there in a little more than an hour. The town is surrounded by the woods and spreaded all around. The "old town" has lots of coffee shops and nice places to have a coffee, beer or lunch under the sun (at least if you are going in summer like I did)

4. The National Library of Finland

Fabianinkatu 35, Helsinki 00170, Finland +358 29 4123196
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The National Library of Finland

Reviewed By stordane - Washington DC, District of Columbia

If you are into Libraries, you will love this one. Beautifully designed, there is a ramp that goes around the outsides of the rooms. Walls are beautiful stone. The only catch-since it's the national lib of Finland, none of the books are in English! But if you go with your handy translator app, you can get by. The fun is in the architecture.

Iso Puistotie - Ehrenstromintie - Itainen Puistotie, Helsinki 00140, Finland +358 9 31039000
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Kaivopuisto

Reviewed By Guillaume R - Göteborg

Kaivopuisto is a large park on the shore of the archipelago. It offers great views on nearby Islands.
Most of the embassies in Helsinki are in the neighborhood, and they make for a delightful comparison. From the simple Dutch or Estonian delegations to the high tech and well protected US embassies.
The record is the Russian embassy, paid for with the war reparations from the consecutive war, on a gigantic scale.

6. Fortress of Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna C1, Helsinki, Finland +358 29 5338410
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Fortress of Suomenlinna

Reviewed By Egon70

Others may disagree but I honestly think that a trip to Helsinki isn't complete without visiting the Fortress of Suomenlinna. I went there a couple of days ago and despite the cold weather thoroughly enjoyed myself.
The ferry ride alone was very pleasant already. I could see the frozen ice and how the ferry broke it.
Upon arrival on the island, I'd a light lunch in Cafe Vanille. Then I walked around and went to the Suomenlinna Museum where I got to know more about the history of the island.
It's a very good way to spend a few hours.

7. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

Seurasaari, Helsinki 00250, Finland +358 9 40509660
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

Reviewed By Des H - Hull

This open air museum seems to be rather typical of several continental countries. The UK does not have quite the same approach although we do have Beamish. This museum contains a variety of vernacular buildings from various area of Finland to give a feeling of them in a natural setting much as they would have been originally found. We had a very good tour guide who spoke very good English and was very helpful. An enjoyable visit punctuated with a stop for tea and a pastry but nothing too dramatic or spectacular to see except – perhaps – the church.

8. Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre

Kuninkaalantie 7 | Tikkurila, Vantaa D7EPX2, Finland +358 9 85799
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Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre

Heureka's Exhibitions are interactive. The main exhibition has over 200 exhibits from many fields of science as well as a number of activity points.

Reviewed By lmsk2014 - Helsinki, Finland

Heureka is a great place to spend an interesting and an educative day regardless of your age: there are a lot of hands-on experiments you can try out yourself, changing Exhibitions and educative 3D films.
The Heureka shop has a nice selections of books, models, toys and games about science. The cafe is quite spacious and the lunch buffet there pretty good.
Depending on how much you wish to experiment and how deeply you want to pore into the Exhibitions, you should reserve 2 to 4 hours for the visit.
Pro tip: There is a big parking lot close by, but the science centre is also right by a train station (Tikkurila) so you can get there fast&easy from Helsinki city centre.

9. Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo)

Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13, Helsinki 00100, Finland +358 9 1918000
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Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo)

Reviewed By Bruce M - Sydney, Australia

While the museum is relatively modest in size compared with similar national museums throughout Europe, it nonetheless has some very unique and well organised exhibits setting out important timelines in Finland dating back to the Stone Age.
Well worth a visit for several hours, and do stop over in the museum shop which has a poignant display of photos and stories from the 1918 civil war ( not sure if this is permanent or a pop-up)

10. Ateneum Art Museum

Kaivokatu 2, Helsinki 00100, Finland +358 29 4500200
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Ateneum Art Museum

Reviewed By MC0777 - Oulu, Finland

The Ateneum Art museum is located just at the front of the railway station at the heart of Helsinki. The building ifself is build on 1887. From that on is has belong to the art. The place has changing modern art Exhibitions, but also the country’s oldest and largest art collection. You can find art from three different floors. There is also a cafeteria at the museum.

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