Helsinki

Saunas and blueberries in a green capital.

A hub for innovation with a lively cultural scene, fascinating coastlines, local food markets, and efficient public transport.

3.9
out of 5

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, stands on the shore of the Baltic Sea, offering a mix of city life and natural beauty. The city is a center for innovation and shows its commitment to sustainability.

The city's heart beats to the rhythm of its cultural life, with the Helsinki Festival and Design Week showcasing the creativity that runs through its streets. Architectural highlights include the Helsinki Cathedral and the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, presenting a contrast between old and new styles.

In Helsinki, the sea is always close by, with over 100 kilometers (62 miles) of coastline and around 300 islands in its archipelago. Visitors can take a ferry to explore nearby islands, such as Suomenlinna, a sea fortress that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Even during the winter months, Helsinki stays lively with ice skating in the city center and swimming in outdoor heated pools while it's snowing.

The city’s food scene puts an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients. The Old Market Hall and street food vendors offer a variety of flavors, including traditional Finnish rye bread.

Shoppers can find Finnish design brands and local shops, while accommodation options range from luxury hotels to comfortable hostels.

Helsinki values education, with several museums and galleries like the National Museum and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art offering insights into Finnish culture and art.

Efficient public transport makes city exploration easy, allowing for an engaging visit whether during summer with its long days or winter with its shorter daylight hours.

Average temperatures during the day in Helsinki.

What people say about Helsinki

3.9
People
4
Food
4
Spaces
5
Value
3
Safety
5

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