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Helsinki
Travel 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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Where to stay in Helsinki

Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Clarion Hotel Helsinki
4 out of 5
The price is £113 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in Etelainen District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Harbour Terminal and Helsinki West Terminal. Stockmann and Finlandia Hall are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,523 reviews)
Perfect stay by the Baltic.sea

"Perfect stay by the Baltic sea!!! Sauna with pool amazing view... Must.recommed sky lounge"…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Klaus K Hotel
Klaus K Hotel
4 out of 5
Bulevardi 2-4, Helsinki
The price is £100 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

Located in Kamppi, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Church of Helsinki and Stockmann. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Cathedral are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Very friendly & professional front of house staff. Fantastic location, right in the middle of Helsinki. Stayed in passion mini room, practical with everything you’d need on a business trip. Would recommend this boutique hotel."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2020

Klaus K Hotel
Hilton Helsinki Airport
Hilton Helsinki Airport
4 out of 5
Lentaejaenkuja 1, Vantaa
The price is £126 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,470 reviews)

"Excellent position, amenities (sauna, gym) and staff"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Hilton Helsinki Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Urban Trendy Nordic Living
Urban Trendy Nordic Living
4 out of 5
Pursimiehenkatu 17 C 30, Helsinki
The price is £77 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in Punavuori, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. John's Church and Stockmann. Helsinki West Terminal and Helsinki Cathedral are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)

"The property was very clean and looked really nice. All of the basic needs are covered and the apartment is very bright. I'd definitely recommend booking it. For the hosts maybe a few minor possible points of improvement (none of these impacted our stay negatively): - Some information on garbage ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Urban Trendy Nordic Living
Noli Studios Katajanokka
Noli Studios Katajanokka
3.5 out of 5
Kanavakatu 1, Helsinki
The price is £105 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Located in Katajanokka, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Uspenski Cathedral, Stockmann and Helsinki Cathedral. Finlandia Hall and Helsinki ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (30 reviews)

"Well located, great vibe, v quiet room, good value."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020

Noli Studios Katajanokka
Noli Studios Sörnäinen
Noli Studios Sörnäinen
4 out of 5
Hämeentie 33, Helsinki
The price is £95 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

Located in Kallio, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral. Helsinki Ice Hall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (18 reviews)
Disappointed

"The room was supposed to be a double? We barely fit on the bed and there was only one blanket."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2020

Noli Studios Sörnäinen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Helsinki

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Mar 2020

Wonderful laid back place to stroll through ! I'd recommend not taking any public transport or anything - very walkable city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

Public saunas are worth while a visit: Kulttuurisauna, Löyly, Kotiharju etc. Some excellent dining options but you meed to do your reaearch. Hiking possible close by.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Nice city. Good public transport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

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

2/5 - Disappointing

Traveler

26 Dec 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

18 Dec 2019

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

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