Helsinki

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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.

Where to stay in Helsinki

Senate Square showing street scenes

Helsinki City Centre

Noted for its museums and live music, there's plenty to explore in Helsinki City Centre. Top attractions like Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Vironkatu Station or Hallituskatu Station to see more of the city.

Helsinki City Centre
Old Church of Helsinki which includes a park

Kamppi

4.5/5(142 area reviews)

In the heart of Helsinki's Central Business District, Kamppi boasts the largest cinema multiplex, Tennispalatsi, and the modern underground central bus station. Explore Narinkka Square or shop at Kamppi Center.

Kamppi
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Kluuvi

4.5/5(125 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Helsinki Central Library Oodi and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Kluuvi. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Rautatientori Station or Rautatieasema Station.

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Pasila

5/5(2 area reviews)

Major transportation hub Pasila boasts the Tripla complex with 250 shops, Helsinki Urban Art center, and a pedestrian-friendly design in Eastern Pasila. Explore the largest commercial center in the Nordic countries and enjoy street art in Finland.

Pasila
Kauppatori Market Square which includes a square or plaza, a fountain and a city

Etelainen District

4.5/5(108 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the interesting museums in Etelainen District. Spend some time visiting top spots like Helsinki West Terminal, and catch the metro at Länsiterminaali T2 Tram Stop or Eiranranta Tram Stop to see more of the area.

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Keskinen District

4/5(9 area reviews)

Get to know Keskinen District and its many features like its churches and live music. You might want to explore sights like Helsinki City Library and Iittala Outlet Arabia, and you can jump on the metro at Paavalin Kirkko Station or Makelanrinne Station to get around the city.

Keskinen District
Marski by Scandic
Marski by Scandic
4 out of 5
Mannerheimintie 10, Helsinki
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VALO Hotel & Work Helsinki
VALO Hotel & Work Helsinki
4 out of 5
Mannerheimintie 109, Helsinki
The price is $88 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
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Hotel Arthur
Hotel Arthur
3 out of 5
Vuorikatu 19, Helsinki
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8.2/10 Very Good! (1,116 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 17, 2024

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