In the pictures: Helsinki railway station is undergoing an old-new transformation

The results of the extensive renovation of Central Station will be revealed to the public little by little, as a new restaurant and terrace will open for the station’s former ticket sales this week.

The station’s café and indoor terrace on the Elielinaukio side are also scheduled to start serving cam trips in the near future.

The photo comparison above shows the station’s main hall during War I and this week. Move the slider to see how the status has changed.

The former ticket will open a new Italian-style restaurant this week, run by a Norwegian chain.Matti Myller /

The new restaurant is actually a "a breeze from the past". Initially, the space had a restaurant and a waiting area for second and third class passengers before they were converted into a ticket hall during the previous renovation.

New facilities as part of larger changes

The opening of the restaurant, café and terraces is part of a wider renovation of the entire train station.

’s administrative premises have moved to the region, and the hotel now operates in the company’s former offices.

Italian restaurant Olivia at.
The at the former ticket office will remain in place.Matti Myller / Yle
Cafe Eliel.
A new cafe at the station is scheduled to open soon.Matti Myller / Yle

Mikko MannbergThe curator of the National Board of Antiquities told Yle that the renovation is based on the view of a well-known architect. Eliel Saarinen.

"The station will now become a living space, partly for city dwellers and partly for passers-by, where they can stop," Mannberg said.

Restaurant Olivia.
The roof of the former ticket hall.Matti Myller / Yle
Mikko Mannberg, National Board of Antiquities
Mikko Mannberg from the National Board of Antiquities.Matti Myller / Yle
Restaurant Olivia.
New Italian style restaurant.Matti Myller / Yle

Mannberg added that he believes the changes will make the central station and its surroundings a more comfortable place.

"I think the area is more comfortable when you get a terrace with plants. And I think the whole area is getting nicer," he said.

Italian restaurant Olivia terrace.
Restaurant terrace on the side of the station House.Matti Myller / Yle
Restaurant Olivia terrace at the train station.
Wider view of the restaurant terrace.Matti Myller / Yle
Italian restaurant Olivia.
Helsinki Railway Station was of the most significant works of architect Eliel Saarinen. Matti Myller / Yle

Renovation of the station will continue after the opening of the new restaurant and café.

Source: The Nordic Page




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