Things 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.

Top things to do in Helsinki


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Helsinki must see attractions

1. Finlandia Hall

Finlandia Hall is a congress and event venue highly regarded for its striking modern architecture. This facility features many different sections, including an auditorium with about 1,700 seats, a fine-dining restaurant and a large veranda with excellent views of Töölönlahti Bay.
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Attend an international music event and take a guided tour of this multipurpose Helsinki venue to learn about its significant architectural history.

2. Helsinki Zoo

Marvel at rare leopards and get close to bears and lions at the superb Helsinki Zoo. See flocks of colorful parrots fly overhead or watch as powerful birds of prey dip and dive to reach their food. The zoo has been open since 1889 and is a favorite spot for visitors and residents.
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Explore the planet’s wildest environments and discover the animals that live in this zoo, one of only a few in the world located on an island.

3. Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral is a striking church in the city’s historic center. This cathedral is an outstanding example of neoclassical-style architecture and features brilliant façades and impressive Corinthian pillars. Admire the grand exterior of Helsinki Cathedral and stop at a small souvenir shop in the bell tower.
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Stop at this beautiful Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral to admire its stunning architecture and see a magnificent collection of zinc sculptures.

4. Olympic Stadium

Catch an event at Olympic Stadium during your trip to Taka-Toolo. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this culturally rich area.
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Catch an event at Olympic Stadium during your trip to Taka-Toolo. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this culturally rich area.

5. Stockmann

Outfit yourself in stylish ensembles from top designer labels or seek the most fragrant perfumes at Helsinki’s most expansive retail park, Stockmann. Get your hair cut, exercise in the gym or simply get a table away from the crowds and enjoy a fantastic meal.
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Discover one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls, filled with all your favorite brands and some of the city’s best food outlets.

6. Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre

Learn about the events happening at Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre during your trip to Pasila. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this walkable area.
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Learn about the events happening at Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre during your trip to Pasila. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this walkable area.

7. Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Visit Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art to see outstanding artworks from the 1970s to the present day. The museum focuses on works by contemporary artists from Finland and other nearby countries. See installations, experimental works, digital works, paintings and more in this remarkable modern art museum.
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Study many exceptional works from the Finnish National Gallery’s collection of contemporary art and admire this museum’s stunning architectural design.

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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