The architecture was almost certainly my favorite thing about the city. (The proliferation of Marimekko and the sunny shores were pretty great, too.) Sometimes it felt like I was in Russia (or how I imagine it to feel being in Russia or some other Eastern Bloc spot), sometimes it felt similar to Stockholm, and other times I caught a French-ish or Southern European vibe. There was an art deco ("Jugend") current running strongly throughout, but also some nice modern spots.
I think my favorite part was the attention to details. No opportunity for a decorative flourish was left without. And, oh the reliefs!
I love the checkerboard details and those cute square balconies jutting off the turrets. Oh, and those Elroy "antennae" on top of the turrets!
It is a beautiful and peaceful spot, indeed.