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Helsinki
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Helsinki

Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Clarion Hotel Helsinki
4 out of 5
Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Helsinki, Uusimaa
The price is $143 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,536 reviews)
Perfect stay by the Baltic.sea

"Perfect stay by the Baltic sea!!! Sauna with pool amazing view... Must.recommed sky lounge"…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Klaus K Hotel
Klaus K Hotel
4 out of 5
Bulevardi 2-4, Helsinki
The price is $126 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Kamppi, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Church of Helsinki and Stockmann. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Cathedral are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"Very friendly & professional front of house staff. Fantastic location, right in the middle of Helsinki. Stayed in passion mini room, practical with everything you’d need on a business trip. Would recommend this boutique hotel."…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Klaus K Hotel
Lapland Hotels Bulevardi
Lapland Hotels Bulevardi
4 out of 5
Bulevardi 28, Helsinki
The price is $213 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Etelainen District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Stockmann. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki West Terminal are ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (547 reviews)
Perfect place

"Amazing experience and a stunning hotel. Very clean and well maintained. Staff were extremely helpful & polite. Breakfast was amazing & the sauna in the room was something unforgettable."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Lapland Hotels Bulevardi
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.

Vacation Rentals in Helsinki

Urban Trendy Nordic Living
Urban Trendy Nordic Living
4 out of 5
Pursimiehenkatu 17 C 30, Helsinki
The price is $49 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Located in Punavuori, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. John's Church and Stockmann. Helsinki West Terminal and Helsinki Cathedral are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (24 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

Urban Trendy Nordic Living
Noli Studios Katajanokka
Noli Studios Katajanokka
3.5 out of 5
Kanavakatu 1, Helsinki
The price is $133 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Katajanokka, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Uspenski Cathedral, Stockmann, and Helsinki Cathedral. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki West ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)

"Well located, great vibe, v quiet room, good value."…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Noli Studios Katajanokka
Noli Studios Sörnäinen
Noli Studios Sörnäinen
4 out of 5
Hämeentie 33, Helsinki
The price is $104 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20

Located in Kallio, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Senate Square, and Helsinki Cathedral. Helsinki Ice Hall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (18 reviews)
Disappointed

"The room was supposed to be a double? We barely fit on the bed and there was only one blanket."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Noli Studios Sörnäinen
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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Reviews of Helsinki

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Mar 24, 2020

Hopefully the people are nicer than this hotel staff

5/5 - Excellent

RhondadT

Mar 11, 2020

Helsinki is a lovely place to visit. It’s safe, quiet and beautifully designed. The cobblestone streets and detailed architecture makes for picture perfect images. Everything closes up early but I truly enjoyed my brief stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

The people of Helsinki are amazing and kind! You have to visit Löyly Sauna!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

We need to go back. There is a lot to see and it is easy to get around without a car. Would stay at Glo Art again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Vibrant accessible city whose people are happy, friendly, and helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

A family-friendly city that’s easily walkable, with cool sights for grown-ups and kids.

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