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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.

Where to stay in Helsinki

Senate Square which includes street scenes

Helsinki City Centre

Noted for its museums and live music, there's plenty to explore in Helsinki City Centre. Top attractions like Helsinki Cathedral and Stockmann are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Vironkatu Station or Hallituskatu Station to see more of the city.

Helsinki City Centre
Old Church of Helsinki which includes a park

Kamppi

4.5/5Wonderful!(80 area reviews)

Travellers choose Kamppi for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Kamppi Station or Kalevankatu Station and check out top sights like Kamppi Center.

Kamppi
Esplanadi which includes picnicking and a garden as well as a large group of people

Etelainen District

4.5/5Wonderful!(70 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Stockmann and take some time to enjoy the interesting museums during your time in Etelainen District. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Peramiehenkatu Station or Telakkakatu Station.

Etelainen District
Katajanokka which includes heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Katajanokka

4.5/5Wonderful!(39 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Katajanokka. Top attractions like Uspenski Cathedral and Allas Sea Pool are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Merisotilaantori Station or Puolipaivankatu Station to see more of the city.

Katajanokka
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Kluuvi

4.5/5Wonderful!(52 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Kluuvi. If sightseeing is on the list, Stockmann is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Rautatientori Station or Kaisaniemi Station to see more of the area.

Kluuvi
Keskinen District, Helsinki, Finland
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Keskinen District

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

The churches and live music are just a few things visitors like about Keskinen District. Hartwall Arena and Linnanmaki Amusement Park are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Paavalin Kirkko Station or Makelanrinne Station to get around the larger area.

Keskinen District

Top hotels in Helsinki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi
GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi
4 out of 5
Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki
£98
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Kluuvi, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ateneum Art Museum and Kauppatori Market Square. Presidential Palace and Helsinki Cathedral are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,025 reviews)

"very convenient snd close to shopping areas, room is spacious, staff are very helpful too"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi
Hilton Helsinki Airport
Hilton Helsinki Airport
4 out of 5
Lentaejaenkuja 1, Vantaa
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£102
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Aviapolis, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Finnish Aviation Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Flamingo Entertainment Centre and Jumbo Shopping ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (5,254 reviews)

"Location was excellent food was great and staff was friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Hilton Helsinki Airport
Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki
Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki
4 out of 5
Ruoholahdenranta 3, Helsinki
£83
per night
Mar 14 - Mar 15

Located in Kamppi, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hietalahti Flea Market, Stockmann and Finlandia Hall. Helsinki Cathedral and Helsinki Ice ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,300 reviews)

"I loved the location and how friendly the staff were."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2020

Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki

Popular things to do in Helsinki

Helsinki Cathedral
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Helsinki Cathedral

4.5/5(92 reviews)

Stop at this beautiful Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral to admire its stunning architecture and see a magnificent collection of zinc sculptures.

Finlandia Hall
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Finlandia Hall

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Attend an international music event and take a guided tour of this multipurpose Helsinki venue to learn about its significant architectural history.

Stockmann
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Stockmann

4/5(90 reviews)

Discover one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls, filled with all your favorite brands and some of the city’s best food outlets.

Kamppi Center
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Kamppi Center

4.5/5(55 reviews)

During your trip to Helsinki, you can enjoy retail therapy at Kamppi Center. Experience the acclaimed art galleries and fascinating museums in this culturally rich area.

Senate Square
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Senate Square

4.5/5(96 reviews)

Snap photos of the fascinating buildings surrounding this huge square, which is the cultural center of politics, religion and science in the city.

Helsinki Zoo
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Helsinki Zoo

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the planet’s wildest environments and discover the animals that live in this zoo, one of only a few in the world located on an island.

Top activities in Helsinki

Helsinki Card
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Helsinki Card

84% of travellers recommend
£42
Per adult
Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing
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Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing

72% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult
Forest trail trek in Sipoonkorpi National Park
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Forest trail trek in Sipoonkorpi National Park

100% of travellers recommend
£125
Per adult
Combo tour: Hop on Hop off and Beautiful Canal Route
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Combo tour: Hop on Hop off and Beautiful Canal Route

£49
Per adult
Full-Day Tour to Helsinki in Finland
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Full-Day Tour to Helsinki in Finland

£115
Per adult
Departure Private Transfer Business Car Helsinki City to Helsinki Port
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Departure Private Transfer Business Car Helsinki City to Helsinki Port

£46
Per adult

Reviews of Helsinki

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.194805194805195%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 27, 2020

Nice city. Good public transport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2020

very good transport system and wonderful new library for a rest and refreshment during the day.

2/5 - Disappointing

Traveler

Dec 26, 2019

Rich but Very expensive country and get dark very fast and rained and too cold for walking around or travel for pleasure. Not fun.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 18, 2019

There is not that much to actually do in Helsinki in the winter as it is so cold.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 17, 2019

Take the bus to Porvoo and enjoy the Wooden old town

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 13, 2019

Recommended to download HLS app for easier way to get tickets for transportation. It also has great journey planning section.

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