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Travel to Helsinki – Sights, accommodation, food, shopping

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

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.

Suomenlinna

A sea fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the most important point of defense against the enemies. Access is by boat only from the port. The space includes walls, small museums, restaurants and cafes and offers beautiful views of the city and the sea. Detailed presentation here.

Market Square

It is the largest market in the city. There you will find stalls with traditional products, handicrafts and souvenirs. read more here.

Temppeliaukio Church

It is built or better properly, carved on a rock. It is really very impressive externally but also internally with its large canopy and the unique acoustics of the space. For this reason, concerts are often organized. Read in more detail here.

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


Be sure to take a mini cruise to admire the Finnish seaside cottages. You will find more information here.

Loyly

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.

Esplanade Park

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.

Seurasaari Island

It is an open-air museum that presents the traditional life of the Finns.

Zoo

It is made on an island, the distance from one place to another is quite large because the animals live comfortably as in a natural environment. read more here.

Linnanmaki Theme Park

It was created in 1950 and is an interesting amusement park with many activities. See more here.

Museums

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.

Olympic stadium

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?

Flights are operated all year round with Aegean. During the summer months there are also charter flights. The duration of the trip is about 3.5 hours. The airport is about half an hour from the city center. You can go by train (cost 5.5 euros) by bus (cost 6.60 euros) or taxi (cost 40-45 euros).

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.


Accommodation

The city has many hotels that you can find here. Choose a central hotel to make your walks more comfortable.

markets

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

Food

There are restaurants for all tastes and wallets! Estimate that you will need almost as much money as you need to eat in a normal restaurant in Greece. On the menu you will find many soups, international dishes such as pizzas and spaghetti. You can try reindeer meat, which is widely eaten in Finland. Of course there are many dishes with salmon!


tips
* 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!

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