The Central Railway Station in Helsinki is definitely worth a visit. Designed by the famous architect Eliel Saarinen, it was inaugurated in 1919, shortly after Finland became an independent nation.
My grandfather worked for “the rails” all his life and in the end was some kind of a boss there. Thus, my gramma, after his passing, had a 1st class ticket for life. I got to travel first class with her a lot as I was a typical 70’s divorce child going from mom to dad and back.
My gramma once said, as we stepped into the luxurious train cabin: “We are first class people, so first class we travel.” Have tried to keep that in mind ever since – at least the first part :).
Okay, back to you: Enjoy the labyrinth-like secret corners, peek into the ticket hall, take note of the delicate colours and wooden details. Most of the over 200K people who cross the building every day, are too busy to do that.
In case you didn’t know, the Finnish State owns the railroads and trains. Their PR has been in huge trouble lately as trains are ALWAYS late – something Finns find utterly and totally unacceptable regardless of the circumstances.
The lamp-holding stone guys, however, became a hit in the advertising of train travel. In the tv ads they’re depicted as these big, clumsy and dumb fellas that travel to see the world. And one of them is always missing the point completely.