The beautiful city of Helsinki, fondly known as the “Daughter of the Baltic”, seamlessly combines the cosiness of a quaint town with the vibrancy of a modern city. Along with its endless cultural attractions, the city is also known for its many parks and green areas perfect for picnics and relaxing summer evenings.
Things to do in Helsinki
Cultural enthusiasts can explore Helsinki’s many old and modern attractions, such as the imposing Lutheran Cathedral. Those looking for something more contemporary can visit some of the city’s world-class galleries and museums, including the unique Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art or the Ateneum Art Museum, featuring Finland’s most extensive collection of art.
Perfect for a sunny day, take a stroll around Senate Square, where many of Helsinki’s finest Neo-Classical architectural gems and cultural landmarks are found. A walk down Mannerheim Street allows you to take in some of the city’s cultural sights, such as the Parliament building, statue of Marshal Mannerheim and the 48-metre-high clock tower that sits majestically in front of the Central Railway Station.
Getting around Helsinki
Helsinki is served by an extensive public transportation system, yet the city centre itself is relatively compact and can be traversed on foot. The HSL public transport system consists of a metro, buses, trams and trains. Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport is just over 16 kilometres from the city centre, with train, bus and taxi services available.