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Helsinki, situated in the extreme south of the Gulf of Finland, is the capital of Finland and a city where natural beauty meets a cutting-edge culture. In 2000, Helsinki was declared the European Capital of Culture, thanks to its selection of galleries and lively nightlife.
Kluuvi is regarded as the centre or downtown area of Helsinki. It’s around here that you’ll be able to shop until you drop. Visit the Kauppatori (Market Square); the Kluuvi Shopping Mall, where you’ll find all the big brands; and Aleksanterinkatu, the main shopping street. Make a trip to The Esplanade, a posh, exclusive street with a grand park, perfect for picnics. One of the main highlights is the Senate Square, where you’ll find the Lutheran Cathedral and its 62 meter high dome.
The hotel supply in Kluuvi is made of around 20 properties, ranging from three to five star hotels. You’ll mainly find family-friendly hotels around here, most with 24-hour reception and free WiFi, while some even come with a gym.
West of Kluuvi is Kamppi, a former military site of the Russians. The district has a new, modern residential and retail complex with an underground bus station. A few hundred meters to the northwest you’ll find the Temppeliaukio Church, a church built directly into the solid rock of the ground.
The hotel supply in Kamppi consists of about 15 properties, including a large number of three-star hotels. Most of them have high-speed internet and some offer a complimentary breakfast.
The peninsula of Katajanokka is located immediately east of the city centre and it is the location of the Uspenski Cathedral, a striking structure made of red brick. It's also one of the largest Russian Orthodox cathedrals in Northwest Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Pay a visit to the port where the icebreaker fleet is moored during the summer.
The hotel supply in Katajanokka limited to approximately 5 properties, which includes family-friendly hotels with free WIFI, mini-bar and sauna.