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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 $20 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 $33 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 $65 a night
0.9 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 $21 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 $65 a night
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 $47 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 $73 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 $57 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||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||April-June|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.12|
|Average weekend price||$136 per night|
|Average weekday price||$137 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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