Spending the summer in Helsinki, I’m on a mission to find out everything the city has to offer and write about my experiences in a series of blog posts. From top sights of Helsinki to hidden gems, art & design to the best places to shop or eat… I want to explore it all! With the Tour Guide Fox app downloaded onto my smartphone and comfy walking shoes on my feet, I’m headed on my first tour of the city!
“The big cathedral-looking building on top of the stairs is, indeed, a cathedral…” I hear from my earphones and chuckle, as I walk towards the Helsinki Cathedral. I’m on my first ever walking tour with Tour Guide Fox, exploring the top sights of Helsinki. Unlike traditional walking tours that have set dates and often strict schedules, this one can be done whenever, and I’m free to explore the city at my own pace. As an added bonus, the app works offline, so there’s no need to worry about roaming charges.
As I approach the next attraction on my route, the app locates me through GPS. Instantly, my tour guide “Fox Jr.” begins to tell me about the sight in an entertaining, witty way. He explains the peculiarities of the Finnish way of life in a self-ironic way that Finns are known for, and I find myself laughing out loud at his jokes as I wander around the city. When in need for more detailed information and interesting facts about the attractions, the so-called “AiNo2” (Artificial Intelligence n. 2) feature of the app comes to the rescue – I can read additional up-to-date information about each location, or let a text-to-speech technology read it for me.
The top sights tour takes me to 12 main attractions in the city centre. It takes me about an hour to comfortably walk the full route. However, if you want to take your time admiring the churches or visiting the museum exhibits, you could easily spend a good part of the day on this tour. All in all, it’s a good choice for anyone! I would recommend trying it out, whether you only have an hour of free time or are wanting to make the most out of a full day in Helsinki.
If you’re ready to explore the Top Sights of Helsinki too, book your tour here!
Have you already seen the main attractions of the city and are looking for something a bit different? Stay tuned for the next blog post where I write about my experience of the Famous Finnish Design Icons tour…
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