The capital of Finland, Helsinki has beautiful places to see, memorable things to experience and much to offer first-time and repeat visitors.
If you visit the Ateneum Art Museum, Esplanade Park, the Cathedral or the countless other places that are rich in the country’s tradition, you will come away from a trip to Helsinki feeling spiritually nourished, and will want to return as soon as possible!
You won’t run out of things to do
Plan plenty of time to explore because there are tons of things to do in Helsinki.
Board the ferry at Kauppatori and be transported to a place that shows the amazing skills and creativity of humankind: Suomenlinna – a giant, man-made maritime fortress spread across seven islands. It’s an architectural wonder!
At the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, located in a corner of the Narinkkatori square, enjoy a moment of silence, meet like-minded people, or help those in need. If you need a boost of travel karma, add this chapel to you site-seeing list.
Family fun in Helsinki
If you’re traveling with small children, check out the Helsinki Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the world (established around 1889).
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Or visit the Linnanmaki Amusement Park that has been entertaining families since 1950. With a huge selection of fun rides, including a special wooden roller coaster (which is over 50-years-old), it’ll be a theme park unlike any you’ve ever visited!
Historical sites for the history buff
If you have more time for exploration, Helsinki offers unique attractions right out of a history book
These include the Olympic Stadium, where the 1952 Olympic Games were held; the building in which Finland’s 200-seat parliament gather, an impressive structure representing 1920s Classicism; and Senate Square, a truly wonderful example of Neoclassical architecture.
But if fortresses, chapels of silence, zoos, amusement parks or sightseeing aren’t really your thing, and, let’s say enjoying the nightlife is, Helsinki is rife with bars and nightclubs. Check here for all the partying and socializing hotspots are.
For festival lovers, attending the Helsinki Festival would be a great way to end your summer. Finland loves a good festival and you’ll find more options listed here. Plan your trip around one of these fun celebrations for an unforgettable experience.
Heading to nearby Copenhagen? Check out these fascinating Copenhagen festivals, for more inspiration.
Make your next getaway one that takes your right to the heart of Finland. Whatever you do this year, be sure to visit Helsinki.