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Helsinki Zoo

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.

Marvel at rare leopards and get close to bears and lions at the superb Helsinki Zoo. See flocks of colorful parrots fly overhead or watch as powerful birds of prey dip and dive to reach their food. The zoo has been open since 1889 and is a favorite spot for visitors and residents.

Step into this unusual island zoo to see 150 different animal species. You will feel as though you have entered a world apart from the noisy city nearby. Begin your journey by immersing yourself in the snowy tundra where amazing brown bears patrol while reindeer and Mongolian wild horses forage on the frigid ground.

In the next area of the zoo, discover some of the finest creatures to roam the continent of Asia. Tigers and lions are particular highlights in this section. You’ll also have the chance to spot the rare Amur leopard. As few as 70 of these majestic mammals now roam in the wild.

Continue onward to admire emus and wallabies in the Australia section. Then move to the vast bird enclosure. The air is filled with the screeches of colorful macaws while the ground here is covered by hundreds of species of tropical plants.

Plan your day around the lunchtime feeding sessions for the opportunity to see how some of these spectacular animals really hunt in the wild. Learn how lions, tigers and leopards stalk their prey.

Helsinki Zoo is on Korkeasaari, an island just east of the city center. Between May and August catch the ferry from Hakaniemi or during the winter cross the bridge from the north side of the island. If driving, there is free and paid parking at the Mustikkamaa recreation area not far from the zoo entrance. The zoo is open year-round and has an admission fee. It also has several cafés, restaurants, kiosks and gift shop.


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Scandic Grand Marina $99
Scandic Grand Marina

Scandic Grand Marina

Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Katajanokka, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Allas Sea Pool, Stockmann, and Helsinki Cathedral. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki West Terminal are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kauppiaankatu Tram Station and Katajanokan Puisto Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Marski by Scandic $72
    Marski by Scandic

    Marski by Scandic

    Mannerheimintie 10, Helsinki
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Kamppi, this hotel is steps from Swedish Theatre and Stockmann. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ylioppilastalo Station and Erottaja Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Clarion Hotel Helsinki $122
      Clarion Hotel Helsinki

      Clarion Hotel Helsinki

      Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Helsinki, Uusimaa
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Etelainen District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Harbour Terminal and Helsinki West Terminal. Stockmann and Finlandia Hall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hietalahti Station is 5 minutes by foot and Itamerenkatu Station is 6 minutes.

        GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi $116
        GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

        GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

        Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 10 minutes. Mikonkatu Station and Ylioppilastalo Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki $90
          Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki

          Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki

          Ruoholahdenranta 3, Helsinki
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Kamppi, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hietalahti Flea Market and Helsinki West Terminal. Stockmann and Finlandia Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hietalahti Station is only a 2-minute walk and Kalevankatu Station is 4 minutes.

            Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel $99
            Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

            Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

            Merikasarminkatu 1 A, Helsinki, Uusimaa
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Katajanokka, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Uspenski Cathedral and Allas Sea Pool. Kauppatori Market Square and Senate Square are also within 15 minutes. Vyokatu Tram Station and Mastokatu Station are within a 2-minute walk.

              Scandic Hakaniemi
              Scandic Hakaniemi

              Scandic Hakaniemi

              Siltasaarenkatu 14, Helsinki
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Kallio, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hakaniemi Market Square, Helsinki Cathedral, and Stockmann. Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Olympic Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hakaniemi Station and Kallion Virastotalo Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Scandic Park Helsinki $95
                Scandic Park Helsinki

                Scandic Park Helsinki

                Mannerheimintie 46-48, Helsinki
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Etelainen District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Finnish National Opera and Finlandia Hall. Olympic Stadium and Helsinki Ice Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hesperian Puisto Station and Toolontori Station are within a 5-minute walk.