Helsinki

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Helsinki which includes boating, heritage architecture and general coastal views
Visit Helsinki for its sophisticated charm and vibrant cultural scene, its beautiful buildings and its many museums and galleries.

Helsinki’s art, architecture, and cultural practices are influenced by both Western and Eastern European traditions, giving it a distinct character and singular charm. Head to Senate Square for a look at the statues and buildings of the city’s best-known public space. You’ll see the imposing Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral as well as Government Palace. Architecture and design fans will notice the work of Carl Ludvig Engel, Eliel Saarinen, and Alvar Aalto all around town. Visit the Helsinki City Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Aalto House, or the Design Museum to learn about Finnish and Helsinkian design traditions.

History buffs will want to visit the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Built by the Swedish in the 18th century, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features a museum, cafés, and even restaurants. To see artifacts from throughout the country’s history, spend a few hours in the National Museum of Finland.

Set aside at least a day to explore the city’s many art museums and galleries. Head to the Ateneum and Sinebrychoff Museums for a collection of classical Finnish and European works. For contemporary art, visit the Kiasma Museum.

Anyone looking to pick up a cool souvenir or a bite to eat should visit Old Market Hall and Market Square. For a cool atmosphere and trendy shops, explore the Design District or walk along the Esplanade. To take a break from the city, catch a ferry to one of the nearby islands. You’ll find historical houses on Seurasaari and Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari.

Helsinki is the cultural and economic hub of Finland and sits on a peninsula at the very south of the country and is surrounded by the waters of the Baltic Sea. It is a Nordic capital with a special charm, offering style, architecture, and a large number of museums and galleries.

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Where to stay in Helsinki

VALO Hotel Helsinki
VALO Hotel Helsinki
4 out of 5
Mannerheimintie 109, Helsinki, 01510
The price is $103 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly hotel in Helsinki. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Cathedral ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (799 reviews)
"Excellent hotel with great breakfast, amazing wellness centre/saunas/pools. Comfortable beds but small rooms. Very helpful and friendly staff. Overall excellent hotel!"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2022

VALO Hotel Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Airport
Hilton Helsinki Airport
4 out of 5
Lentaejaenkuja 1, Vantaa, 01530
The price is $163 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Vantaa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,282 reviews)
"We had a good, though short stay here. Short walk across the parking lot to Helsinki airport. Signs from the airport were well marked to find the hotel. There are several places, including a small 24-hour grocery store, outside of security in the airport, so we walked back there to eat dinner after ..."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Hilton Helsinki Airport
Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Clarion Hotel Helsinki
4 out of 5
Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Helsinki, Uusimaa, 220
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $136 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Helsinki. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,158 reviews)
"Small rooms...expected delux higher class...no parkimg...it was complicated to find place for car..Hotel shoul give better directions for parking places.Loved breakfast..."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Clarion Hotel Helsinki
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Noli Studios Sörnäinen
Noli Studios Sörnäinen
4 out of 5
Hämeentie 33, Helsinki, 00500
The price is $102 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Helsinki. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Helsinki Zoo and Helsinki Cathedral ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (44 reviews)
You have to try this place
"This place is amazing!! Staff are super helpful."

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Noli Studios Sörnäinen
Noli Studios Katajanokka
Noli Studios Katajanokka
3.5 out of 5
Kanavakatu 1, Helsinki, 00160
The price is $113 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Helsinki. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Helsinki Cathedral and Helsinki Zoo ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (214 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay — very responsive and friendly customer service. We were able to enjoy the bike rentals that include a helmet and locks, as well as the parking for a guest! Very convenient, although some of cleaning/trash protocols were unclear. I saw that we were supposed to take out our ..."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Noli Studios Katajanokka
Bob W Kluuvi
Bob W Kluuvi
4 out of 5
Vuorikatu 12, Helsinki, 00100
The price is $116 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Helsinki. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and in-room video-game consoles. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
"The property was very clean and looked really nice. All of the basic needs are covered and the apartment is very bright. I'd definitely recommend booking it. For the hosts maybe a few minor possible points of improvement (none of these impacted our stay negatively): - Some information on garbage ..."

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Bob W Kluuvi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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