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What is a German type-II U-boat doing as a museum on the shores of Helsinki’s Suomenlinna Sea Fortress? Here’s the story. Built by the Dutch in 1931, Vesikko was a secret submarine built for experimental purposes for the German Navy. It was built in secret in Finland because, after World War I, the Treaty of Versailles officially banned Germany from making armaments.

In 1935, however, the Finnish Defence Forces bought Vesikko submarine, and its navy successfully used the sub to protect Finland against encroaching Russia during World War II. After the second world war, under the Paris Peace Treaty of 1947, Finland was banned from keeping submarines and was ordered to sell its little fleet of five to Belgium for scraps in 1953. The only submarine left in the country was Vesikko. But what does “Vesikko” mean? It’s the Finnish name for the European mink. After all, both submarine and animal are small predators.

One of the most advanced submarine designs of its time, a visit inside is quite a shock to the modern visitor. By today’s standards, the submarine is tiny, and it’s fascinating to be able to go inside to see and touch everything, imagining just how a 20-man crew would have fit in its claustrophobic walls at the time. One of Suomenlinna’s main attractions, Vesikko submarine receives nearly 30,000 visitors a year.

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Explore Helsinki at your own pace and save money as you sightsee with the great-value Helsinki Card or Helsinki Card Region. Buy a 24-, 48- or 72-hour card and simply show your card to enjoy free public transport around the city (and in the whole metropolitan area with Helsinki Card Region), plus complimentary admission to many of top Helsinki museums and attractions, including the stellar Ateneum art gallery and Suomenlinna Fortress. Add a free audio city tour, a complimentary guidebook and map, plus valuable savings on tours, meals and other experiences, and it’s an excellent way to make the most of Helsinki.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Submarine Vesikko can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 Submarine Vesikko tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Submarine Vesikko costs USD 67.08. Guided Submarine Vesikko tours start around USD 67.08 per person. See all 1 Submarine Vesikko tickets and tours on Viator.
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