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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.


From $46 per night

Next weekend

From $91 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit February-April
Local currency € 1 = $1.19
Language Finnish
Average weekend price $149 per night
Average weekday price $131 per night
Average stay 1 night

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Very good transport connection, but quite expensive car...

March 8, 2021

Very good transport connection, but quite expensive car parking. Very nice and interesting to walk along the coast and also visit by community ferry island Suomenlinna or visit small local bars. Recommend also to visit modern museum Kiasma (quite for adults) or zoo with kids.

AlexanderStar Finland

Helsinki is a nice city, mix of modern buildings and...

March 4, 2021

Helsinki is a nice city, mix of modern buildings and services like the public library (impresive), and 1800s buildings. Some influence from San Petersburg architecture. Nice friendly people, everybody speaks english, mani nice little places tu visit, a lot of restaurants and coffee places, nice park Esplanada. Walking around is just very nice. Go to the "port" / harbour is a must, very close to the presidential house and cathedral. You can take a little ferry to an Island in front.

Dario Chile

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October 5, 2020

Places to visit: - Suomenlinna Island - Oodi Library - Bulevardi street - Löyly Sauna New features: - City scooters Food: - Georgian House restaurant (rate 7/10) - Cafe Ekberg (rate 8/10)

Ekaterina Finland

My stay hotel building has at down floor lunch restaurant...

September 25, 2020

My stay hotel building has at down floor lunch restaurant with traditional Finnish food from Monday to Friday from 11am to 1.30 pm. And when wanted to travel to centre of Helsinki railway station, buss nr 55 did drive quite often from car deck level, that is nice!

Rolf Sweden

You cannot find better place in Eastern sea region.

August 15, 2020

You cannot find better place in Eastern sea region. You can go to Petersburg but it is cowered with USSR filth. You can go to Stockholm but everything is far away cause its 7 ilands. You can go to Tallin and that is next place after Helsinki or before. Do not miss that either! It is nice! Anyway! You can´t lose if You visit Finland (Best country in the world!)

Santtu Sorri
Santtu Sorri Finland

Helsinki has got great museums, cathedrals and a nice...

August 6, 2020

Helsinki has got great museums, cathedrals and a nice harbour front with good offers for boat excursions. Generally it doesn't seem too known for tourists but the advantage is that you get to know hidden spots easier or get in touch with locals even more and the Finnish people don't ripp you off like in many other touristic cities. My favourite places were Uspenski Cathedral, Senate Square with cathedral, odd museum Amos Rex with subway and outdoor exhibition , Sibelius Monument, Harbour front with Market Square und Suomenlinna Fortress Island. Eating is good at Kamppi Shopping Mall with a great choice and large varieties of restaurants. It is easy to get around walking without any public transportation.

Britta Germany

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