The old Observatory of Helsinki was completed on Tähtitorninmäki, just next to the city center, in 1834. Back then the observatory was ahead of its time and served as a model for other observatories around the world. The Observatory was in use by the Department of Astronomy until its fusion into the Department of Physics at the end of 2009. Today the Observatory serves as the astronomy visitor center of the Helsinki University Museum.
The Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built during the 18th and 19th centuries. The islands have seen the change of governments from the Swedish era to the Russian one and finally to an independent Finland. Today the fortress is one of the most popular attractions in Finland and the chain of islands hosts various museums, cafes and outdoor picnic spots.
The walk to the Observatory starts at 11.30 for groups 1-3 and 12.30 for groups 4 and 5, both from the New Student House. See your Conference Pass for your group.