President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio have opened their palace doors so we all have a chance to visit, virtually.

Have you ever dreamt that one day you would get an invitation from the President of Finland, to his annual Independence Day Reception? Do you watch the celebration on TV and wonder how the other rooms look like in his palace? Now you have a chance to visit this magnificent building in Helsinki, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home and all free.

The tour starts from the main entrance, on Esplanadi and you can take as much time as you wish exploring the different rooms. By clicking the little info circles, you’ll be able to read more about the artwork, paintings, and furniture and how they ended up into the President’s palace. Don’t forget to look up too. The chandeliers, high ceilings, and little details are breathtaking. Especially in the Gothic room.

There are still four fully functioning fireplaces in the castle. One of them in the President’s office. The heating system was modernized to central heating in 1938 but they decided to leave few fireplaces. The President gives his annual New Year´s speech from this room.

You can also enter from Maariankatu, which has a beautiful staircase leading to Atrium. In there you can see up close each of the President´s bronze statue and read more about them.

This virtual visit to the President’s Palace is well done and informative. After the visit, it is much easier to picture myself to visit the castle physically, perhaps one day as a guest at the Independence Day Ball.

Happy President’s Day!

Monday is the national President’s Day in the United States honoring first President George Washington. The day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February. George Washington was born on February 22nd, 1732.

Virtual visit to the President’s castle.

Don’t forget to download the brochure to deepen your knowledge during your visit.