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A Pub on the Move in Helsinki

Submitted by on March 21, 2010 – 4:35 pmNo Comment

finland_helsinki_sparakoff2Road Trips Foodies heading to Helsinki, Finland, soon will be able to board a tram converted into a pub. SpåraKOFF, the world’s only pub tram, has been offering Helsinki sightseeing rides to thirsty customers every summer since 1995. Starting in May (and any time through August), riders can hop on, sit back, enjoy a cold drink and take in the highlights of the Finnish capital. (What better way to get the feel of the city than sitting in this moving pub with a cold beer in front of you?)

SpåraKOFF is truly one of a kind: a tram converted into a classical style pub with interior decor of mahogany, brass and velvet. It had a mundane existence for 35 years, running regular tram routes, before starting its new life. The name SpåraKOFF is coined from a Helsinki slang word for tram, “spåra”, and from the name of the oldest industrially operating brewery in the Nordic countries, Sinebrychoff.

The whole tour around the city takes about an hour, so SpåraKOFF is an excellent way to experience Helsinki. The route passes many of Helsinki’s main sights: the Central Railway Station, Linnanmäki Amusement Park, the Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Market Square and Helsinki Cathedral. The video screens inside show you how the sights look from the driver’s perspective.

finland_helsinki_sparakoffYou can hop on and off without a reservation at five different tram stops in the center of Helsinki and note, please, Europe is not your American nanny culture: children are welcome! Your on-board crew consists of the driver, as well as a waiter or waitress serving you beer, cider and soft drinks. There are approximately 30 seats.

From early May until the end of August, the pub tram is on the move five days a week from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. The fare for SpåraKOFF is 8 euros for adults and 4 euros for children under 12 years old. Drinks are charged separately. For more information about tourism in Finland, go online.

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