Helsinki is the capital of Finland. It is a beautiful seaside town with many neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings, a picturesque harbor, impressive squares and lots of greenery! It has about 700,000 inhabitants and more than 300 islands!
What to see
Senate Square with its imposing white cathedral, as well as the impressive buildings that surround it (the main university building, the national library and the government building), is the number one attraction.
The monument of Sibelius
It is located in the park of the same name and is dedicated to the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It consists of 600 pipes that represent the church organ.
Cruise to the archipelago
The complex has a traditional public sauna, two heated saunas and a restaurant. Finns love the sauna, if you want to try it too, this is the perfect place.
It is located in the heart of the city and is a meeting place and relaxation of the locals. You will find many restaurants and cafes. The stage that exists there hosts events, most importantly the jazz music concert that takes place every July.
It is an open-air museum that presents the traditional life of the Finns.
Linnanmaki Theme Park
The National Museum of Finland stands out, presenting the history of the country, from prehistoric times to the 19th century.
For art lovers, there is the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ateneum with paintings by famous painters such as Van Gogh.
It is located 2 km outside the city, in the Toolo area. The 1952 Olympic Games took place there and today it is the largest stadium in the country.
How are you going?
Transportation in the city
The city has a metro, trams and buses. The easiest means is the tram for short distances. You can take trams 2 and 3 to see the whole city center. A one-way ticket costs 2.50 euros.
When to go
The best season is summer and especially from mid-June to July, when the temperature is around 17-25 degrees and it almost never gets dark, but it remains the light of the sunset. The cold starts in August but you can go comfortably, as long as you have warmer clothes.
Stockmann, the big department store in the city center.
Galeria Esplanad, a shopping mall with shops from well-known international chains.
Kamppi, the largest shopping mall in the city with 6 floors, full of shops and restaurants
* Make a short excursion (about 30 km away) and see the house of Sibelius, really impressive and the landscape wonderful. See in detail here.
* Guided tour of central Helsinki
* * Be careful when walking not to be on the road for bicycles ….! Next to the sidewalk is the special lane for cyclists, who are many and drive fast, after using the bicycle for transportation.
* Christmas in the city of snow … Helsinki!