The best thing about Helsinki is its secret parks, real gems that many people don’t know anything about. The first is Strömberg Park in Pitäjänmäki. Not many people know about it even though thousands of commuters drive past, since the park is lower than the surrounding land. If you find yourself in the park, you’ll find Helsinki’s highest natural waterfall and a mystical pond surrounded by tall plants. You’ll also find a stylish villa where one could even write poetry. Here you’ll find peace and quiet. Another is the Japanese garden in Roihuvuori. It looks easy to find on the map, but it’s cunningly hidden between two roads. It’s at its most beautiful in May when the cherry trees are in blossom, but it’s worth visiting at other times too. Here you can find your own Zen by following your own paths through the different sections of the park or even by drawing your own patterns in the sand. The third is Alppiruusupuisto, the rhododendron park in Etelä-Haaga. Many locals have never been there since it’s not located along a main road. Here you’ll find over 3000 rhododendrons and 1500 azaleas. Come and experience all the colours in June or close your eyes and smell the scent of thousands of flowers while listening to the buzz of the bumble bees and other pollinators…