The Central Railway Station in Helsinki is exquisite in its beauty and definitely worth a visit. Designed by the famous architect Eliel Saarinen, it was inaugurated in 1919, shortly after Finland became an independent nation.
My grand-father worked for “the rails” all his life and finally 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 apparent explanation to trains being late during winter months (6 in total…) was at one point that the company had ordered some locomotives from Italy. Italy! Aren’t Italians famous for decent coffee rather than technical apparatus that actually works? LOL