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Helsinki

Visit Helsinki for itsrefined charm, vibrant culture, beautiful buildings and many museums andgalleries.

The art, architecture and culture of Helsinkihave all been influenced by both Western and Eastern European traditions, whichgives the city a special character and special charm. Go to Senaatintori(Senate Square) to view the sculptures and buildings. Here you’ll see theimposing Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral) and the Valtioneuvoston linna(Governmental Palace). Lovers of architecture and design will recognize theworks by Carl Ludvig Engel, Eliel Saarinen and Alvar Aalto. Visit the HelsinginKaupunginmuseo (City Museum), the Arkkitehtuurimuseo (Museum of FinnishArchitecture), the Aalto-House or the Design Museum to learn about the designtraditions of Helsinki and the rest of Finland.

If you love history you should definitely go to theSuomenlinna. This sea fortress was built in the 18th Century by the Swedes. Itis now on the UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses a museum, cafés and evenrestaurants. If you want to see the ancient treasures of Finland,spend a few hours in the Museovirasto (National Museum).

Spend at least a day exploring the many art museumsand galleries. Go to the Ateneum and the Sinebrychoff for a collection ofclassic Finnish and European works of art. For modern art, visit the KiasmaMuseum.

Find a nice souvenir or a delicious snack at theKauppahalli Vanha (the Old Market Hall) or the Kauppatori. Stroll through theEsplanadi nearby, or explore the Design District for its hip and trendy shops.If you need time away from the city, take a ferry to one of the nearby islands.On Seurasaari you can view historic homes, while on Korkeasaari you can pay avisit to the Helsinki Zoo.

Where to stay in Helsinki

Kamppi showing a city as well as a large group of people

Kamppi

4.5/5Wonderful!(80 area reviews)

Travellers choose Kamppi for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Kamppi Station or Kalevankatu Station and check out top sights like Kamppi Center.

Kamppi
Katajanokka featuring heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Katajanokka

4.5/5Wonderful!(39 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Katajanokka. Top attractions like Uspenski Cathedral and Allas Sea Pool are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Merisotilaantori Station or Puolipaivankatu Station to see more of the city.

Katajanokka

Top hotels in Helsinki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport
Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport
4 out of 5
Karhumäentie 5, Vantaa, Uusimaa
The price is €89 per night

Located in Aviapolis, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Finnish Aviation Museum and Jumbo Shopping Center. Flamingo Entertainment Centre is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,244 reviews)

"Beautiful property - looked new! The bed was very comfortable and the shower was phenomenal! I liked how close it was to the airport and it’s on the main train line into the city. The breakfast spread was very good."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport
Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
3 out of 5
Porarinkatu 1, Espoo
The price is €54 per night

Located in Lantinen District, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Sello Shopping Centre and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Terveystalo Kaari Clinic. Myyrmanni Shopping ...

4.2/5Excellent! (330 reviews)

"Very flexible with the time uou can check in. Small but cozy and perfect for a last minute reservation. Aimed towards young travelers or students."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi
GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi
4 out of 5
Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki
The price is €113 per night

Located in Kluuvi, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ateneum Art Museum and Kauppatori Market Square. Presidential Palace and Amos Rex are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,109 reviews)

"The hotel was in a very nice area with many excellent restaurants close by. It was walking distance to many of the tourist attractions and museums. An excellent area for those interested in shopping with a great variety of stores. The hotel location was ideal for travelling to the airport as transport ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

Popular places to visit in Helsinki

Helsinki Cathedral
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Helsinki Cathedral

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Stop at this beautiful Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral to admire its stunning architecture and see a magnificent collection of zinc sculptures.

Finlandia Hall
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Finlandia Hall

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Attend an international music event and take a guided tour of this multipurpose Helsinki venue to learn about its significant architectural history.

Stockmann
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Stockmann

4/5(92 reviews)

Discover one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls, filled with all your favorite brands and some of the city’s best food outlets.

Senate Square
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Senate Square

4.5/5(98 reviews)

Snap photos of the fascinating buildings surrounding this huge square, which is the cultural center of politics, religion and science in the city.

Helsinki Zoo
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Helsinki Zoo

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the planet’s wildest environments and discover the animals that live in this zoo, one of only a few in the world located on an island.

National Museum
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National Museum

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Take a guided tour of this museum to see many fascinating artifacts and learn about Finland’s history, from prehistoric times to the present day.

Top things to do in Helsinki

Helsinki Card
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Helsinki Card

84% of travellers recommend
€51
Per adult
Red Sightseeing Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
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Red Sightseeing Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

90% of travellers recommend
€30
Per adult
Sightseeing Cruise Beautiful Canal Route
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Sightseeing Cruise Beautiful Canal Route

98% of travellers recommend
€25
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Helsinki Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Shore Excursion: Helsinki Hop-on Hop-off Tour

€30
Per adult
Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

78% of travellers recommend
€30
Per adult
Tallinn day trip from Helsinki
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Tallinn day trip from Helsinki

€125
Per adult

Reviews of Helsinki

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 62.71186440677966%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 30.508474576271187%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.084745762711864%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.847457627118644%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.847457627118644%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Mar 2020

Wonderful laid back place to stroll through ! I'd recommend not taking any public transport or anything - very walkable city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

Public saunas are worth while a visit: Kulttuurisauna, Löyly, Kotiharju etc. Some excellent dining options but you meed to do your reaearch. Hiking possible close by.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Nice city. Good public transport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

very good transport system and wonderful new library for a rest and refreshment during the day.

2/5 - Disappointing

Traveler

26 Dec 2019

Rich but Very expensive country and get dark very fast and rained and too cold for walking around or travel for pleasure. Not fun.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Dec 2019

There is not that much to actually do in Helsinki in the winter as it is so cold.

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Espoo

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