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What to Do in Helsinki: Must See Attractions

Helsinki Attractions

Tourists can’t help but fall in love with Finland. Helsinki is a capital city, which delivers fun and excitement. It is the perfect place to be inspired, to fall in love, or to find yourself.

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A Happy Helsinki Vacation

There are plenty of attractions in Helsinki to fill an entire vacation. Local people refer to the city by its nickname of “Stadi” as part of the local slang. However, you don’t have to be familiar with the city's slang in order to discover the top things to do in Helsinki. The city is considered very friendly to tourists.

A Taste of Old and New in the Finnish Capital

The best starting point for Helsinki tours is the National Museum of Finland. Visitors can acquaint themselves with the rich history and culture of the country as they stroll through the vast corridors of this enchanting museum. The museum features archeological treasures and modern historical finds.

A visit to Helsinki Cathedral is one of the best Helsinki activities. This stunning architectural masterpiece is a Lutheran church built in 1852. Large crowds gather in and around the cathedral on a daily basis. This is a great choice if you like places where you can mingle with the natives.

A visit to Parliament is one of the top Helsinki excursions a tourist can embark on. This is the building where Finland's finest gather to uphold the law of the land. The building is open to the public for both guided tours and solitary visits.

The great city of Helsinki hosted the Olympic Games in 1952, and this destination is a must-visit location on your map. The Olympic Stadium continues to awe audiences all these decades later. One of the most beloved activities to partake in during Helsinki tours is a ride in Stadium Tower. Stadium Tower transports visitors seventy two meters high in the air to capture breathtaking views of the city.

Helsinki Awaits Your Arrival

Helsinki is a city you simply must see in order to fully understand the organic beauty and charm the Finnish lifestyle holds. There are so many spots within the city where tourists can become immersed in the hypnotic beauty of Finnish life. Expedia.com is your helping hand in getting to Helsinki.

Things to Do in Helsinki with Kids

There are plenty of fun things to do with the kids in and around Helsinki. Keep everyone entertained with our family friendly experiences.

Free Things to Do in Helsinki

Traveling to Helsinki on a budget? The following can be experienced for nada.

Helsinki City Museum - Whether you're old or young, this place will excite your imagination and capture your mind.

Aalto University - This local landmark is the perfect backdrop for that vacation profile pic.

University of Helsinki - If you're fascinated by history and heritage, this is one stop you really shouldn't miss.

Senaatintori - Discover for yourself why locals and travelers alike are enamored by the unique vibe of this place.

Seurasaari Island - Spend a while by the water to relax and revive your energy.

Kauppatori Market Square - Pull out your guidebook and find out why this place is worth adding to your must-see list.

Vanha Kirkko - Enjoy a little quiet reflection and find out a few things about this site's spiritual importance.

Toolo Bay - Devour the latest bestseller or listen to a top podcast while you're soaking up that vitamin D.

Kaisaniemen Kasvitieteellinen Puutarha - If you enjoy digging around the garden, this place will captivate your green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Helsinki

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 Stockmann are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Vironkatu Station or Hallituskatu Station to see more of the city.

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Kamppi

The city’s bustling central district hosts an inspiring collection of fantastic galleries, remarkable buildings and a landmark department store offering eight floors of Finnish style.

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Pasila

Pasila is a destination travelers like for its restaurants, and you might hop aboard the metro at Kyllikinportti Station or Messukeskus Station to explore sights like Hartwall Arena.

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Etelainen District

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 Peramiehenkatu Station or Telakkakatu Station to see more of the area.

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Katajanokka

Survey the art nouveau architecture from the early 20th century from the vantage point of a sky wheel in this district located on a little island.

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Kallio

You might enjoy the shopping while in Kallio. Hakaniemi Market Square is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Kaenkuja Station or Haapaniemi Station to see more of the city.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Helsinki on a sunny day?

A Tallinn day trip from Helsinki and a Guided Tallinn Day Sightseeing from Helsinki are a couple of sensational outdoor activities that'll get you out of your hotel room.

What should I not miss in Helsinki?

If you'd like to see the best of this place, slot these attractions into your itinerary:

  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • Finlandia Hall
  • Senate Square
  • National Museum

What can you do in Helsinki for free?

You'll barely have time to pull your wallet out of your pocket with so many incredible free attractions:

  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • Senate Square
  • Uspenski Cathedral
  • Presidential Palace