Surrounded by water and lush parks, Helsinki is a cosmopolitan city on the doorstep of nature. Choosing where to stay is easy, with a variety of character-filled neighborhoods and excellent hotels near diverse attractions. Walking and cycling are the best modes of transportation to explore the area's popular sights including City Hall, Market Square, and the Skywheel. Along the way, architectural and cultural gems abound, such as the Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki Art Museum, and Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Finns love their coffee, so no matter which great hotel or neighborhood you choose, specialty brews are only a few steps away.
Where to stay
Great Places to Stay for Culture
Helsinki provides a cultural feast across the entire city and Kamppi rests at the heart of it. This central city neighborhood is perfect for a walking vacation, with museums and art galleries surrounding excellent hotels. Next to the city center, Toolo is a great place to stay if you want to explore important landmarks such as the National Museum of Finland, Rock Church, Parliament House, and the Opera House. Choose from plenty of hotels in the Keskinen District. Many of them are just a short walk from the Finnish National Theatre, Senate Square, and the Helsinki Cathedral.
Get to know Keskinen District and its many features like its churches and live music. You might want to explore sights like Sauna Hermanni and Helsinki City Library, and you can jump on the metro at Paavalin Kirkko Station or Makelanrinne Station to get around the city.
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Best Neighborhoods for Outdoor Activities
Outdoor activities are a way of life in Helsinki. Most neighborhoods offer some access to nature within minutes. Katajanokka and Kruununhaka are residential districts with great places to stay for families, while still being close to the city center. Both offer plenty of green parks for play and lovely waterfront walks with maritime history to explore. Accommodations in Taka-Toolo surround parks and forested areas, including Elaintarha Park and the Winter Garden. Near the sea, Sibelius Park is a major area attraction for its decorative walking paths, along with sports facilities such as the outdoor Helsinki Swimming Stadium.
Known for its ample dining options and captivating waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Katajanokka. You can visit top attractions like Uspenski Cathedral and Allas Sea Pool, and jump on the metro at Merisotilaantori Station or Puolipaivankatu Station to see more of the city.
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Noted for its coffeehouses and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Kruununhaka. Top attractions like Military Museum of Finland and Sederholm House are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Snellmaninkatu Station or Vironkatu Station to see more of the city.
Recommended hotels in Kruununhaka
Where to Stay for Shopping and Dining
Next to bustling Kamppi, Kluuvi is the other neighborhood located in the middle of Helsinki City Centre. Stay here to shop at Finnish design stores and department shops. In the evening enjoy upscale restaurants, elegant bars, and live music venues. Kallio, with a bohemian atmosphere, is the place to book a hotel to shop at the Hakaniemi Market Hall. Spend time in this area at vintage stores and trendy bars specializing in craft beers. Part of the Design District of Helsinki, Punavuori features a pedestrian street, fashion boutiques, neighborhood stores, and plenty of restaurants and bars close to central city hotels.
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Helsinki City Centre
Noted for its museums and live music, there's plenty to explore in Helsinki City Centre. Top attractions like Sederholm House and Helsinki Cathedral are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Vironkatu Station or Hallituskatu Station to see more of the city.