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Helsinki Holiday Guide

Visit Helsinki for its refined charm, vibrant culture, beautiful buildings and many museums and galleries.

The art, architecture and culture of Helsinki have all been influenced by both Western and Eastern European traditions, which gives the city a special character and special charm. Go to Senaatintori (Senate Square) to view the sculptures and buildings. Here you’ll see the imposing Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral) and the Valtioneuvoston linna (Governmental Palace). Lovers of architecture and design will recognize the works by Carl Ludvig Engel, Eliel Saarinen and Alvar Aalto. Visit the Helsingin Kaupunginmuseo (City Museum), the Arkkitehtuurimuseo (Museum of Finnish Architecture), the Aalto-House or the Design Museum to learn about the design traditions of Helsinki and the rest of Finland.

If you love history you should definitely go to the Suomenlinna. This sea fortress was built in the 18th Century by the Swedes. It is now on the UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses a museum, cafés and even restaurants. If you want to see the ancient treasures of Finland, spend a few hours in the Museovirasto (National Museum).

Spend at least a day exploring the many art museums and galleries. Go to the Ateneum and the Sinebrychoff for a collection of classic Finnish and European works of art. For modern art, visit the Kiasma Museum.

Find a nice souvenir or a delicious snack at the Kauppahalli Vanha (the Old Market Hall) or the Kauppatori. Stroll through the Esplanadi nearby, or explore the Design District for its hip and trendy shops. If you need time away from the city, take a ferry to one of the nearby islands. On Seurasaari you can view historic homes, while on Korkeasaari you can pay a visit to the Helsinki Zoo.


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Airport Hotel Pilotti

Airport Hotel Pilotti

Veromaentie 1, Vantaa
3.1
of 5, from 144 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

It’s just a 5-minute drive from Helsinki Airport to this conveniently placed hotel. A free shuttle runs from the hotel to the airport between 3 AM and 2:35 PM and shuttle from the airport to the hotel between 3 PM and 2:33 AM every 30 minutes. To arrange transport from the airport to the hotel outside of these times, please contact the hotel in advance. It’s a 10-minute walk to Jumbo Shopping Centre and Flamingo Spa, a sprawling mall and entertainment complex.

£42
Omena Hotel Helsinki Lonnrotinkatu

Omena Hotel Helsinki Lonnrotinkatu

Lonnrotinkatu 13, Helsinki
3.4
of 5, from 205 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Kamppi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Church of Helsinki and Ateneum Art Museum. Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and Helsinki Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

£102
Hilton Helsinki Airport

Hilton Helsinki Airport

Lentaejaenkuja 1, Vantaa
4.5
of 5, from 438 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hilton Helsinki Airport is a 3-minute walk from the main terminal of Helsinki-Vaanta Airport, and has a covered walkway offering guests direct access. It's a 30-minute drive to downtown Helsinki, where guests can explore the Design District, and tour shops, museums, and the harbor.

£90
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Helsinki

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Helsinki

Runeberginkatu 2, Helsinki
4.2
of 5, from 280 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kamppi, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kamppi Center and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Ateneum Art Museum and National Museum are also within 15 minutes.

£101
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki

Mikonkatu 23, Helsinki
4.5
of 5, from 460 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The chic Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is right in Helsinki’s city center, 1 block from the city’s main train station and public transport hub. The slots and table games at Casino Helsinki are just across the street, and the artworks of Ateneum Helsinki are a 5-minute walk.

£68
Hotel Arthur

Hotel Arthur

Vuorikatu 19, Helsinki
3.6
of 5, from 301 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Arthur is in downtown Helsinki, a 5-minute walk from Railway Square and the Finnish National Theatre. Guests can explore the rest of the city via Kaisaniemi Metro Station, 2 blocks away. For a spot of culture, guests can visit the Ateneum art museum, a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

£63
Airport Hotel Bonus Inn

Airport Hotel Bonus Inn

Elannontie 9, Vantaa
3.7
of 5, from 191 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The free airport shuttle to the hotel takes only 5 minutes, and downtown Helsinki is less than half an hour away by taxi. It's a 15-minute walk to Flamingo Entertainment Complex, where guests can browse the 120 stores of Jumbo Shopping Center, or swim and splash around at Aquapark Flamingo.

£114
GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi

Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki
4.4
of 5, from 686 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This sleek, modern hotel is situated in the center of Helsinki, 500 meters from Market Square and Helsinki Central railway station, and 1 kilometer from Kiasma and Ateneum Museums.

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