Free-of-charge walking tours are organized in Töölö throughout the summer of 2019, familiarizing participants with the sports history of Helsinki. Photo: Lagus P./Helsinki City Museum

Walking tours to explore Helsinki’s sports history

What was built on a cabbage field abandoned by Russians? How big an audience did Pope John Paul II have at Helsinki Ice Hall in 1989? What does the name Eltsu come from? Which U.S. president stayed at Stadion Hostel in Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium in the summer of 1969? What space was used as a herring warehouse during the war?

These and many other intriguing questions are answered on guided walking tours organized to celebrate the centennial of Helsinki Sports Services. 100 Years of Sports Services walking tours are organized throughout the summer on Tuesdays, 17:00–18:30, until 27 August. The tours take participants around Töölö, which is the heart of Helsinki’s and Finland’s sports history.

The tour is about three kilometres long and takes one and a half hours. The tour starts from the Paavo Nurmi statue and ends at the Töölö Sports Hall. At the end of the tour, the FreshStop café at the Sports Hall gives tour participants a 20-percent discount on the regular prices of café products. The code to get the discount is ”Paavo Nurmi”. So tour participants can wrap up the walk and the heavy dose of history with a refreshing smoothie or the traditional coffee and sweet roll!

The sports-history walking tours are free of charge, and there is no registration.

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