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Despite the common belief that Helsinki is only worth visiting in summer, it's truly a city for all seasons. Thanks to its unbeatable food and drink scene, beautiful architecture, and innovative design, there's always something unique to see and fun to do.

Circled by the Baltic Sea and a vast archipelago, Helsinki is renowned for its impressive collection of churches and museums, several of which you can visit while going for a coastal stroll. Museums are usually easy to spot thanks to their impressive façades, just like Kiasma Art Museum and the National Museum of Finland – two wonderful examples of contemporary and classical architecture.

The city's Market Square has been a trade hub for centuries, hosting countless shops and popular festivals. Most outdoor markets are only open during the summer, but market halls are available all year round. Here you can try Finnish favorites like herring, various cheeses, and fried vendace (a freshwater whitefish).

A ferry can take you over to the former fortress of Suomenlinna, featuring daily guided tours and several museums showcasing the island's rich history. This UNESCO World Heritage Site also include Finland's last WWII submarine, as well as plenty of scenic picnic spots and cafes.

All flights touch down at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, only 11 miles north of the city. Plenty of taxis leave from the airport, but there's also a train that takes about 30 minutes.


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Most popular time to visit June-August
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Local currency € 1 = $1.14
Language Finnish
Average weekend price $127 per night
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Walking around Helsinki at any time except the coldest of...

March 13, 2019

Walking around Helsinki at any time except the coldest of winter days is possible. The tramlines are convenient and getting back to the airport from downtown takes only 30 minutes. We took the Blue Line No.2 tram from near the Central Railway station to the Olympique cruise ship terminal in about 20 minutes. The restaurant at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel was excellent with some incredible Nordic concoctions by the chef over a three course meal with friendly service and advice from the waiter and staff. Moderately expensive but worth it for a memorable experience. The only negative view of the city was the amount of road traffic on almost every street and the noise it created on the old cobbled streets. Some more pedestrianization/segregation would be make the city more attractive.

Jeremy Qatar

I went to Helsinki during winter.

March 5, 2019

I went to Helsinki during winter. It was good, but the weather is rash! People are polite, but conservative and distant. It's interesting to visit the sites, eat the food, and do window shopping. It's a nice city, but I wish I had had a chance to meet friendly locals.

Alberto Japan

Nice places near seaside like Löyly and cafe Regata with...

March 3, 2019

Nice places near seaside like Löyly and cafe Regata with sauna and winter activities. Intetersting museums with free entrance like Tram Muuseum and City Museum. Many good places to eat with a little effort to find. Dock yard bar and bistro is a good place to enjoy good portion of steak for a good money, even with wine/beer included for a reasonable money. Definitely worth checking new central library Oodi- modern facility for learning and spending quality time with family and friends. Friendly and comfortable city! Highly recommend.

Anonymous Finland

Helsinki is great for wandering, with lots of interesting...

March 3, 2019

Helsinki is great for wandering, with lots of interesting buildings to discover. They may be just anonymous blocks of flats enlivened by Art Deco details - there are lots of those. If you like museums, there are several good ones. My favourite is Ateneum. Do visit the brand new library near the railway station - it's a marvel of architecture as well as combining library and modern city life. Even the railway station is worth a visit. And do marvel at the shopping centre underneath the station. If you like opera or ballet, the Opera House is much recommended. Restaurants tend to be expensive if you want dinner (many run much cheaper lunches between 12 and 2 pm) - you may have to pay 25 euros for a main course.

Tina United Kingdom

Great city to explore.

February 24, 2019

Great city to explore....lots to see, easy to travel around on foot and using public transport. People were quite reserved but friendly and helpful when asked. Especially liked....boat trip to Suomenllina, snowmobile safari, Old market Hall, Zetor restaurant.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Do not go to Helsinki in the winter.

February 9, 2019

Do not go to Helsinki in the winter. You are very likely to hurt yourself. The roads are slippery and covered with snow, stuff is falling down from the rooftops that can kill you. The traffic is a mess. The weather is nasty. It is dark. True, you can get to see good concerts and opera. There are plenty of art museums. Sea Horse and Töölön Sävel offer good Finnish cooking at reasonable prices. If you visit Helsinki in the summer, it is a totally different story.

GBDZ Reunion

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