What to do in Helsinki

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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.

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What to do in Helsinki

Free Things to Do in Helsinki

A vacation in Helsinki doesn't have to hurt your hip pocket. You won't have to spend a penny if you go to:

Helsinki City Museum - Round up the whole family and embark on an adventure through history with one another.

Aalto University - If you enjoy modern-style design and architecture, add this landmark to your list of must-sees.

University of Helsinki - Roam around this historic place and learn some secrets from yesteryear.

Senaatintori - Hang out with the locals and seek out the hidden character and spirit of this delightful place.

Seurasaari Island - Close your eyes and take a deep breath — nothing tops being near the water for some relaxing downtime.

Kauppatori Market Square - Set aside some time to look at this site of local importance.

Vanha Kirkko - Get an understanding of local religious beliefs at this place of worship.

Toolo Bay - Go for a nice walk by the water and maybe even stick a toe in.

Kaisaniemen Kasvitieteellinen Puutarha - No matter if you know your apple trees from azaleas, you won't struggle to find beauty in this gorgeous display.

Things to Do in Helsinki with Kids

There's fun for the whole family no matter where you go in Helsinki. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can do together that will make your getaway a blast:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Helsinki on a sunny day?
Take advantage of the clear weather (and give your legs a stretch as well) with some of these top activities:

What to do in Helsinki on a rainy day?
If it’s wet outside and you’re searching for something to do, hang up your umbrella and sign up for a Plaza Premium Lounge at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) T2 Dep.
What should I not miss in Helsinki?
You’ll want to put these attractions high on your must-do list to get the most out of your trip:

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

Are there cheap things to do in Helsinki?
What can you do in Helsinki for free?
Your time away in Helsinki needn’t blow the budget with free things like these to keep you entertained:

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

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