Helsinki, the super-cool Finnish capital, is an intoxicating blend of forward-thinking innovation and revered tradition. Many visitors flock straight to Suomenlinna, a jaw-dropping, UNESCO-protected island fortress, which dates back to the 1700s. Once you’ve explored its imposing battlements and winding tunnels, stick around for a picnic and take in the sweeping city views.

    Back in town, check out the neo-classical splendor of Senate Square, which is dominated by a towering statue of Russian Emperor Alexander II. Then it’s time to browse the Design District’s effortlessly cool lifestyle stores, before diving into the city’s flourishing, eclectic food scene.

    What to see & do in Helsinki

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    One of the top things to do in Helsinki is to visit its central avenue filled with national institutions, ornate architecture, quaint neighbourhoods, museums, shopping and dining. Whether you're shopping the outdoor covered market in Market Square to find fresh food and local arts and crafts, exploring the historic Suomenlinna Sea Fortress or relaxing in Kaivopuisto Park, you're sure to find adventure and relaxation to recharge and take memories home... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Helsinki

    • 10 Most Popular Cafés in Helsinki

      All kinds of coffee shop fans visit Helsinki. For some, the most important thing is coffee itself, some are interested in the décor, whilst others are there for the food, too. Nowadays, it’s not a problem – it really isn’t. Little by little, Finland’s capital has developed a varied selection of coffee shops, where coffee fans can find what they are...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Helsinki

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Helsinki

      As far as Finnish cities go, Helsinki is the clear number one for its range of both goods and shops. You don’t even have to venture outside the city centre for an endless selection of malls, brick-and-mortar shops, shopping centres, luxury shops and flea markets. You’re always guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. We’ve made shopping easy...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Helsinki

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Helsinki

      Are you looking for a bit of fun in the evening? Helsinki won’t let you down. There’s a great selection of alternatives: sports and adventures for the whole family, world-class theatre shows, opera and dance, a large casino, and lots of concert venues and clubs. Below, there are 10 options which will help you find a suitable location quickly...

    Useful information

    If you're looking for information about Helsinki and what to do while you're here, you can find help throughout the city from both stationary visitor kiosks and mobile helpers. The Helsinki information booth at the railway station offers tips, advice and informational brochures about many attractions in the city. During the high season in the summer, look for Helsinki Helpers dressed in green who can be found patrolling the city... Read more

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