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 $31 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 $51 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 $87 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.
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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 $88 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 $63 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 $51 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 $65 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||February-April|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.19|
|Average weekend price||$149 per night|
|Average weekday price||$131 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
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.
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.
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)
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!
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!)
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.
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