Katajanokka and Kruununhaka are usually thought of as built up residential districts with monumental stone buildings, but between and around all the buildings are many pleasant green areas that mean a lot to the local residents. Most visitors would scarcely even recognise some of them as parks.
You can begin this walking tour either from Katajanokka or Kruununhaka. Along the way there are many nice lunch places and summer terraces. The buildings and parks exude the aura of over a hundred years of history combined with the fresh smell of the sea. Along with everything that is old in these neighbourhoods, there are also some interesting new features – such as the redbrick prison on Katajanokka that is today a trendy hotel.