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Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing Bus Tour
This audio-guided bus sightseeing tour gives you a broad overview of past and present-day Helsinki. You’ll see sights like The Parliament Buildings, Finlandia Hall, the Opera House, and Temppeliaukio Church from the top deck of an open-air bus before the tour finishes in Esplanade Park.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus: 24 Hours
Valid for 24 hours, this open-air bus tour takes you around the city, allowing you to hop on and off as much as you want. You’ll be able to visit and explore the top landmarks of Helsinki like the Sibelius monument and the Rock Church.
Porvoo Half-Day Tour
This guided half-day tour from Helsinki to the town of Porvoo offers insight to rural Finland through the middle ages. The town is known for its well-preserved wooden houses, cobblestone streets, and red riverbank warehouses that tell the story of life on the sea and trading. Your English-speaking guide will take you around the Old Town and the medieval cathedral before you have free time to explore.
This bike rental service lets you explore Helsinki at your own pace while also saving time. 3-speed and 7-speed bikes will be available.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: 24-Hour Pass
This double-decker bus tour lets you enjoy the best of Helsinki at your own pace. A friendly guide will provide commentary as you pass the city’s top sights, which you can explore freely. There are 22 stops along the route, including Senate Square, the Botanic Gardens, and the National Museum.
Redrib Helsinki Experience
Starting from Market Square, you’ll cruise along the Helsinki coastline, passing the Allas Sea Pool and the cafes in Kaivopuisto along the way. Other highlights include the Suomenlinna and the award-winning art installation, Silo 648. The three-hour tour concludes with a visit to the urban pop-up sauna Sompasauna, and a walk around the islands of Vallisaari and Isosaari.
Archipelago Boat Tour
As part of this experience, you’ll explore Helsinki on your choice of two boat tours. On the Archipelago I, you’ll admire the area’s scenic beauty and quaint summer cottages, as well as visiting a real Finnish sauna. On the Archipelago II, you’ll visit rocky islands shaped by the Ice Age, before stopping on a traditional fisherman’s island to enjoy a real archipelago dinner.
4D Flying Cinema
This exciting 4D experience lets you soar over the city's most famous landmarks during a multi-sensory, 10-minute ride. Highlights include sky-high views of Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and a virtual exploration of Helsinki Rock Church.
Skywheel General Admission
Ride Helsinki’s 131-foot-high Observation Wheel and enjoy 360-degree views over the city and shoreline. The ride lasts 12-15 minutes, rotating 3 or 4 times. Each cabin has room for up to 8 passengers.
Original Legendary® Burger at Hard Rock Cafe
Taste the Hard Rock Cafe’s famous Legendary® Burger at their location in the heart of Helsinki’s city center. While you eat, take in the cafe’s authentic rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
Part of the Finnish National Gallery, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art features regularly changing exhibits, performances, and events. About 8,000 works are currently on display, with contemporary pieces dating from the 1970's to the present day. You'll also find a restaurant and a shop on-site.
Ateneum Art Museum
Hosting the largest collection of Finnish art, the Ateneum features pieces dating from 1809 up until the 1970's. The museum features regularly changing exhibits with recent examples including the "Stories of Finnish Art" showcase.
Sinebrychoff Art Museum
Dating back to 1842, the Sinebrychoff Art Museum was once the home of the Sinebrychoff family and the office of the Sinebrychoff Brewery. On the second floor, you can see the Sinebrychoffs’ original furniture, their collection of miniatures and the museum’s collection of old art, including ’Monk Reading’ – the only Rembrandt on display in Finland.
Finnish National Gallery: Three Museum Combo Ticket
You’ll have access to three of Helsinki’s most popular museums with this ticket – the Ateneum Art Museum, the Kiasma museum of contemporary art, and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Together, they form the Finnish National Gallery and exhibit a range of traditional and contemporary art.
0.5 miles from downtown
There are 1001 things to do in Central Kamppi – and here’re four. Sample pints of craft beer at Teerenpeli microbrewery in Narinkka Square. Shop till your knees shake in a trillion different stores. Alternately, pull up a picnic blanket at Old Church Park. When evening falls, expand your mind at the artsy Tennispalatsi’s 3D cinema hall.
Places to stay from $29 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
This come-up district is filled with savvy shoppers. Dubbed part of the “Design District,” you’ll find the best Finnish, Nordic and Scandinavian names here. From pop-ups to permanent, from the quirky to the cool–this maze of stores sells it. Sinebrychoff Park’s not far and it’s lovely for post-shopping picnics.
Places to stay from $44 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
Seaside Krunikka offers more than salt-kissed air. Dense, urban and a helix of high-end vintage and up-cycled stores, this area is slice of creative consumerism. Iittala, the benchmark of Finnish glassworks, sells the cutest espresso cups on the planet. Unfurl post-shopping with a plate of bear from a Russian inspired cafe.
Places to stay from $63 a night
1 miles from downtown
Walk Katajanokka’s windy maritime streets. The allure of living in a secluded part of the city drew affluent city dwellers to this district. Succumb to the sight of the beautifully bricked Uspenski Cathedral. In winter, gather your sisu (guts) and do as the locals do: go ice swimming! Or take off on a ferry to Estonia or Sweden.
Places to stay from $43 a night
1.2 miles from downtown
A liveable and lovable borough. Taka-Töölö is set to a backdrop of parkland, and it’s only a stone’s skip from the centre. Wander for hours in Sibelius Park. Töölö Bay is a paradise for sun-seekers and bird-watchers, so you better bring your binoculars. Come winter, Keskuspuisto Park is flecked with cross-country skiers and snow bunnies seeking fresh air.
Places to stay from $45 a night
1.1 miles from downtown
Stop and smell the beard oil. Every hipster magazine on the planet has a spotlight on Kallio. Start-ups, bike mechanics, and DIY musicians rule these roads. This former working class ‘hood is now awash in vintage shops, tattoo parlours, and artisan coffee. On Saturdays, the trendy and indie settle in at Sandro’s for the vegan/veggie brunch.
Places to stay from $45 a night
0.1 miles from downtown
No country in the world consumes more coffee than Finland. Twin your cup of Joe with a korvapuusti (cinnamon bun) and prepare to shop writ large. Unwrap chocolates at Karl Fazer’s then detour to Stockmann’s for a look into the region’s faddish fashions. Finish your day at elegant Esplanade boulevard, energetic during summer.
Places to stay from $57 a night
0.4 miles from downtown
Sleepy, stylish and seaside. Unfurrow your design curiosity at the Design Museum, then pay respects to legendary Alvar Aalto at the neighbouring Architecture Museum. For an afternoon of interior inspiration, peruse Marimekko’s flagship shop just down the road. Then end your day with a nap under the neo-Gothic spires of St. John’s church.
Places to stay from $70 a night
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|
|Cheapest time to visit||February-April|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.14|
|Average weekend price||$127 per night|
|Average weekday price||$131 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
“Go to the farthest part of the island first and work your way back. The Bistro is a great place for lunch.”
“Be prepared to climb stairs to luggage storage if arriving ahead of check in hours..”
“Great sound effects! I enjoyed listening to the organ player practicing. There is no bathroom at the church so be prepared before you set off. ”
“It was a nice visit. You will not need a long time to visit it. It's quite simple, but again, worth seeing.”
“Go to the 8th floor for some excellent food selection and place to relax away from the shoppers.”
“Was pickpocketed at this place on a Saturday noon. Beware! The pickpockets are opportunists who strikes when you are distracted taking photos. The monument is also nothing spectacular. So don't risk your valuables coming here.”
“The best to have food for a great price. Tons of fish, berries, sweets... in a great landscape: a must in Helsinki”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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