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About Helsinki

Including tips for the best time to visit Helsinki

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.

Tonight

From $40 per night

Next weekend

From $81 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit April-June
Local currency € 1 = $1.12
Language Finnish
Average weekend price $136 per night
Average weekday price $137 per night
Average stay 1 night

Points of interest in Helsinki

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A seasonal guide to Helsinki

Don't let its northern location deter you, Helsinki has surprising year-round appeal.

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Helsinki reviews

What other travelers say about Helsinki

8.0

Helsinki is cosmopolitan, easily walkable, has great public...

March 9, 2020

Helsinki is cosmopolitan, easily walkable, has great public transportation, English is commonly spoken, and Finns are kind and helpful. The Design Museum is excellent, and Kiasma shows interesting exhibitions. The train between the airport and Helsinki is easy, clean, comfortable and affordable. Korea House has delicious Korean food.

Anonymous United States of America
2.0

There is no religion freedom anymore in Helsinki, Finland.

February 23, 2020

There is no religion freedom anymore in Helsinki, Finland. There is abuse and violence If you not Jesus religious. Its very sad. But those who worship Jesus maybe they having fun. Horrible human rights violations.

Anonymous Finland
10

The main part of Helsinki is easy to walk around and there...

February 20, 2020

The main part of Helsinki is easy to walk around and there is interesting history to explore. Food is unexpectedly good. Public transport works well and is clean. The HSL app works very well for buying train tickets. It has a wonderful library (an odd thing to comment on but you will understand if you visit it). People are very friendly and mostly speak English.

Michael
Michael United States of America
8.0

This is a small city, perfect to combine a good rest and...

February 18, 2020

This is a small city, perfect to combine a good rest and some fun. The transport system is excellent. We enjoyed the Orthodox Cathedral and the Finish History Museum. The city's architecture style is a mixture between the 18th and 19th centuries and modern buildings. We didn't like the Modern Art Museum.

Anonymous Russia
10

New Year's Eve was so fun.

February 4, 2020

New Year's Eve was so fun. It was easy to get to the outdoor concert, everyone was friendly and it was just lovely. Helsinki featured tons of culture, lots to do, amazing food and friendly people. I loved the Christmas markets as well as the light installation they do after the New Year. I would love to come back in the summertime.

Pharaba
Pharaba United States of America
10

Cozy city with friendly people, the Gulf of Finland as a...

February 1, 2020

Cozy city with friendly people, the Gulf of Finland as a pearl of the center, qualitative coffee, fresh fish and plenty of chamber retro-cafes where u’ll want to sit for a long time in surrounding of educated and nice Europeans

Sophy
Sophy Russia

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