Senate Square
Senate Square
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 5 min walk
  • Rautatientori • 9 min walk
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  • freutmich
    760 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Heart of Helsinki
    Senate Square is the heart of Helsinki, so you'd really work to avoid coming here. But what really struck me each time I walked through was how crowd-free it was. My first stop came on a Sunday afternoon when it had been raining. There was nobody around. It was the weather, I figured. But then, every time I'd pass through the square, there were no crowds. My hotel was nearby so I walked through Senate Square a few times each day. There were never overwhelming crowds. It's a pleasant place to be. Helsinki has its fair share of tourists, no doubt. But as the face of this city, I found Senate Square to be as welcoming, calming, and enjoyable as the people who live here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 July 2023
  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,615 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big square at foot of Lutheran cathedral
    Impressive large square at the foot of the Helsingin Tuomiokirrko (main Lutheran cathedral in Helsinki). Popular in the summer time with several food trucks and photo ops. Happened to catch a naval band marching through the square.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Exploration788773
    Portland, Oregon13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy and Beautiful
    This is of course a "do not miss" when visiting Helsinki. Not only does it have wonderful views from the cathedral, and interesting vendors in the square, you can also find the site of the first "snow church". Read the history of why Alexander II iof Russia s memorialized here.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Markus
    Helsinki, Finland16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful square surrounded by neo-classical architecture
    The heart of Helsinki, surrounded by neoclassical architecture. Perhaps Finland's most popular landmark, the Helsinki Cathedral, is also located there. Especially in the summer, lots of people from different parts of the world. In terms of location, in a great place in the center of Helsinki with good transport connections. Must-visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Alex
    Singapore, Singapore690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing for imposing stature and central location
    I was impressed with how imposing the Cathedral was and the layout of the Square. Some stalls in the summer sold drinks and street food. Easily accessible via tram or direct walking from Helsinki Station. Overall worth seeing and central location to start / end in.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 28 August 2023
  • chrissieb94
    Dorset, United Kingdom3,074 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Square
    The Square is made up of very impressive buildings - Helsinki Cathedral, Government Palace, National Library of Finland and University of Helsinki. Also Sederholm house which is the oldest building in central Helsinki, built in 1757. All were designed by Carl Ludwig Engel. In the middle of Senate Square is a statue of Alexander II. It’s a great meeting place and worthy of a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad5,544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The liveliest square in the city
    Senate square featured the Helsinki Christmas market and it is where you will find the iconic Helsinki cathedral. This square is surrounded by many of Helsinki prominent and outstanding building and also harbour front. It boast of many cafes and shops and out door food stalls. It is a cool area to hang out and enjoy the ambiance of the city. I definitely recommend.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Werner W
    Zurich, Switzerland903 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place in the center of the city
    We found this place during our first trip to Helsinki. The place is kind of center of Helsinki. There are always a lot of people. You need to climb the stairs to go to the church which is nice. Also a nice photo sujet.,
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • RopentaStones
    St Helens, United Kingdom2,049 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic public square
    Senate square is one of the best public squares I've ever visited in the world. It has 3 important buildings on three sides and has great views of Helsinki from the top steps. A great place to sit and people watch too and makes some great pictures against the clear blue skies. Definitely a must do in Helsinki.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Active Square
    Great central location is a can’t miss opportunity for people watching. This block sized square is a popular magnet for folks climbing the steps for perfect views of downtown Helsinki. You’ll eventually cross through this iconic location, stop for a moment and appreciate the wonderful ambiance.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A good place to meet. Great views of the cathedral Close to the university and the current protests
Several museums close to Senate Square
Apparently loads of entertainment in the summer season but nothing while we were there
Written 18 May 2024
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Barbs25
Staffordshire, UK3,577 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nice square but nothing overwhelming. Quite plain with a statue in the middle and the cathedral situated up the stairs.
Met our tour here (red umbrella city tour, would recommend!) but it's not a place to spend too much time. The cathedral is quite underwhelming also, quite plain even though I appreciate for the reason for this (Lutheran style)
Written 2 April 2024
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Az & Gabbs Attree
Yealmpton, UK190 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Large open spaced area which offers views of the cathedral. Worth a visit to see the statue of and the cathedral however nothing much else there. ☺️
Written 9 November 2023
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Lissette R
North Bergen, NJ216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
One of the largest open areas I have been to. It's stunning but there are alot of steps so this is not for the handicapped or for anyone with alot of baggage/children. The cathedral as a background is nice and there is also a Helsinki sign for photo op
Written 23 October 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a truly underwhelming central square, with only the Helsinki cathedral and a statue dominating it.
Written 20 October 2023
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great central location is a can’t miss opportunity for people watching. This block sized square is a popular magnet for folks climbing the steps for perfect views of downtown Helsinki. You’ll eventually cross through this iconic location, stop for a moment and appreciate the wonderful ambiance.
Written 15 October 2023
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RopentaStones
St Helens, UK2,049 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Senate square is one of the best public squares I've ever visited in the world. It has 3 important buildings on three sides and has great views of Helsinki from the top steps. A great place to sit and people watch too and makes some great pictures against the clear blue skies. Definitely a must do in Helsinki.
Written 13 October 2023
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Candas Hantas
London, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I love this square as there is always some kind of event happening there. The church is an iconic building of Helsinki and the square is a must see sight.
Written 27 September 2023
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Werner W
Zurich, Switzerland903 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We found this place during our first trip to Helsinki. The place is kind of center of Helsinki. There are always a lot of people. You need to climb the stairs to go to the church which is nice. Also a nice photo sujet.,
Written 9 September 2023
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad5,544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Senate square featured the Helsinki Christmas market and it is where you will find the iconic Helsinki cathedral. This square is surrounded by many of Helsinki prominent and outstanding building and also harbour front.

It boast of many cafes and shops and out door food stalls. It is a cool area to hang out and enjoy the ambiance of the city. I definitely recommend.
Written 31 August 2023
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