At Bulevardi

Hotel Indigo Helsinki - Boulevard enjoys a prime location on one of the city’s most elegant, historic and diverse streets, Bulevardi, which connects two contrasting worlds of design.

Elegant, 200-year-old Bulevardi

Bulevardi - the cobbled, tree-lined street

Design has played an important part in Helsinki's evolution since Russia made it the capital of Finland in 1812 and Bulevardi’s architecture reflects the capital’s enthralling and often tumultuous history. The street was originally designed and built in the 19th century to lend a more European air to the city’s streets. Many of the street’s shops, restaurants, architecture and parks date from that period and much of the architecture reflects the rise of industrialism, increased affluence and European trends. The cobbled, tree-lined street may remind you of the design of classic Parisian boulevards, with an upmarket and relaxed atmosphere to match.

In the heart of the city’s world-renowned Design District

A walk from the eastern end of this notable thoroughfare will take us from the heart of the city’s world-renowned Design District, to the western end of the street which looks out towards the Baltic Sea. Here you’ll find Helsinki’s Hietalahti Shipyard, the pinnacle of industrial design excellence which has pioneered new designs in icebreakers and Nordic vessels for over 150 years. Bulevardi truly is the design centre of this fascinating city. Two verdant parks are also one of the key attractions of the Bulevardi.

Alexander Theatre

Theatre opened already 1879

The Alexander Theatre is a beautiful building completed on the Bulevardi in 1879. Former Finnish National Opera. Originally the Alexander Theatre was to serve the local Russian garrison. The bricks for the decorative building were transported all the way from Åland. The National Theatre and Opera companies moved to the building in 1918 and the National Opera remained on the premises until 1993, when they moved to the new Opera House on the Toolo bay. For this reason, AlexanderTheatre, the Old Opera House, is an important part of Finnish cultural history.

Long-established centre of Helsinki’s cultural life

Alexander Theatre is and has been a long-established centre of Helsinki’s cultural life. Theatre's stage bustles daily with life and action, not to mention our rehearsal rooms and offices. The theatre itself caters well for visiting groups, offering excellent facilities for all types of concerts, theatrical and dance performances. Many prominent dance communities perform, train and have their offices in Alexander Theatre. The main hall seats about 500 in a true historic atmosphere, has a fully equipped stage.

Bulevardi 23-27, www.aleksanterinteatteri.fi

Hietalahti Shipyard

Building ships in Helsinki already from 1865

Hietalahti Shipyard has a long history and experience in building icebreakers and other Arctic offshore and special vessels. In the same location, Helsinki Shipyard, ships have been built almost 150 years. The shipyard has delivered about 60 percent of the icebreakers in operation around the world. The new Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. joint venture combines the expertise of STX Finland Oy and Russian United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). The joint venture agreement was signed in December 2010 and Arctech started its operation 1 April 2011. Originally the shipyard ”Helsingfors Skeppsdocka” was established in 1865 in Helsinki.

Icebreakers and cruise ships

The building of icebreakers started in Helsinki in 1910, when the first icebreaker Mercator was built. 1936 Wärtsilä became the new owner of the shipyard and later in 1990's Masa-Yards and Kvaerner Masa-Yards managed the shipyard. Many great ships were built in the shipyard: GTS Finnjet, the worlds first cruiseferry powered by gas turbines, also tens of luxury cruise ships were built for Carnival. At the latest Carnival Miracle in 2004. Lates ships have been Viking XPRS and Tallink Star. Now the shipyard is working with icebreaker projects.

Laivakatu 1, www.arctech.fi

Hietalahti Market Square

Hietalahti Market Hall

The traditional market hall of Hietalahti was opened in December 1903. The market hall, with its 116 wooden shops, was designed by architect Selim A. Lindqvist. The Hietalahti Market Hall once again serves the epicures of Helsinki  after a break of 10 years. The “Hietsu” hall is filled with light, and provides a broad variety of fresh foods, seasoned with expert service. It is fun just to walk around and see what different vendors have to offer in each season. Recommended for a quick snack at a cafe, enjoying lunch or dinner at the popular restaurants and cafés at the hall. Furthermore, you can find the ingredients of a luxurious supper, or an unforgettable dinner at the hall.

 

Hietalahti Flea Market

In the 1980's, a flea market was set up at the Hietalahti Market Place. In the summer, the beloved Hietsu Flea Market opens and creates a great deal of buzzing and swarming right next to the Hietalahti hall. After rough treasure hunting, the catch can be dragged home to safety via the relaxing atmosphere of the cafés and restaurants of the hall. The best recipe for a summer day in Helsinki can be found at Hietsu! The market is open all year when the weather permits.

Lönnrotinkatu 34, www.hietalahdenkauppahalli.fi

 

 

Sinebrychoff Art Museum

Home and office of the Sinebrychoffs family

The Sinebrychoff Art Museum is situated at the end of Bulevardi beside a large park. The building, attributed to the architect Jean Wik and completed in 1842, was the home and office of the Sinebrychoffs family. The building has experienced many changes in its long history. The Sinebrychoff Art Museum houses Finland's most significant collection of paintings by old foreign masters from the 14th to 19th centuries and an interior museum of Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff illustrating Finland's connections to the centuries of tradition in European art and antiquities. Fine collection of miniatures, porcelain and silver. Also special exhibitions. The museum is a part of the Finnish National Gallery.

Bulevardi 40, www.sinebrychoffintaidemuseo.fi

Enrich the visitor’s life

The works in the Museum’s collections span a period from the 14th century to the beginning of the 19th century. They have been built up through donations, purchases and depositions. The objective of the workshop activity is to create values which enrich the visitor’s life. Through the group activities we aim to increase skills of interaction and deepen the knowledge of the cultural and self awareness. The second floor contained the Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoffs home with works of art and exquisite antique furniture, some pieces of which were utterly unique in Finland, like the Empire set that had once belonged to Tsar Paul I of Russia. The workshops of the Sinebrychoff Art Museum have activities for all age groups. The programs present the content of the exhibitions in a versatile and interesting way.