Helsinki is not a city of tall buildings. For a long time the 70 meters tall Hotel Torni (Hotel Tower in Finnish) was the tallest building in the whole country – if one didn’t count church towers – and still today it offers the best views over Helsinki.
To get to the sights, take the lift to the top floor and then squeeze into the tiny spiral staircase heading up to the Ateljée Bar on top of the building. Like the bar itself, the prices are quite high, but it’s completely okay just to come to take a look at the view and take a toilet break.
Yes. Take the other tiny staircase down, because this is not a place to miss out on the restrooms. They have the most spectacular views ever, especially the ladies’. And nothing is more elevating and peculiar, than relieving yourself while looking over the city and the most prestigious buildings of the country. When sitting down in the ladies’ room you have a clear view of the Parliament house, Finlandia house, Music house, National Museum and Kiasma Museum. How many can you recognize?