By coincidence I had been reading the latest Kydd novel by Julian Stockwin and in it our intrepid Frigate Captain is at the seige of Suemellini, although it was called Sveaborg in the Napoleonic Wars. It was made a UNESCO world heritage centre in 1990 and it was interesting in particular to be able to go see it a few days after finishing reading the book.
Helsinki itself was lovely and a bit smaller than some of the other capitals we had visited.
Oddly enough in the harbour there were two Japanese war ships visiting, which seems an odd place for Japan to visit!
The main island is filled with fortified walls this is the entrance to the little dock area and gives you a flavour of what the fortifications are like.
You can see from the map below that the fortress is made up on 4 linked islands which give a full field of fire against any ship trying to enter Helsinki harbour.
Helsinki was a lovely day out and the Island fortress particularly interesting. Given the time before the ship sailed again we only saw one of the four linked islands so I dont really know what else I missed but if you get to Helsinki make time to visit especially on a nice day, its a beautiful spot.
For more detail (and arial photos that give a better impression than my poor efforts) go to https://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/fortress/ lots of detail.
Thats the last of the Baltic Cities, we did visit Rostok too but not much to share with the Wargaming community really. Back to lead and dice in the next Posts.