Hermanni is a calm and idyllic city district. Walking there feels like the birds would always be singing like it’s a sunny summer’s day – regardless of the weather or season. The Abattoir has both roughness and culture, and the waterside district of Arabianranta, the area of Vallila with its allotment gardens, and, of course, the many amusements of Kallio are all close by. It’s great to see how the very core essence of Hermanni is transforming. The old side of the district breathes like a park and the new side echoes modern urban vibes. We recommend a stroll through Hermanni to take in its charm.
Hermanni is a neighbourhood in Central major district of Helsinki and exudes a quaint city charm. Though situated in the city centre the neighbourhood feels like an idyllic suburban district. The juxtaposition of roughness and culture, old parks and new modern urban experiences is what runs at the core of this district.
Situated on the northeastern side of the downtown area, the district of Hermanni got its name from Herman Standertskjöld-Nordenstam, an influential baron in the late 19th century. Many wooden houses were built in the area at the turn of the century. Families here lived in cramped spaces and used tile stoves for cooking. Most of the wooden houses have since been demolished.
The buildings that now line the streets were mostly built in the 1950s and 1960s in concrete and tile. At the moment, several new residential zones are being constructed especially in southern Hermanni and its nearby former industrial lots.
The Helsinki Wholesale Market is located in Hermanni. Here there are wholesale markets and the cultural area known as the Abattoir (Teurastamo), which is home to many restaurants and its own distillery. Other landmarks in the district include the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre and the Helsinki Prison. There is also a traditional public sauna, simply called Sauna Hermanni.