9+1 Things to See in Helsinki, Finland – Home to 1.4 million people, 3000 events yearly, 1053 restaurants, 72 museums, 315 islands, and 10 public saunas. With all these, we believe that Helsinki deserves a place in the travel bucket list. What do you think?
The public transportation system is considered one of the best in the world – it has only one line. Isn’t that great? Nature is part of the city and becomes a teacher for a balanced and healthy life, while at the same time, the urban culture flourishes.
Our team selected 9+1 things to see in Helsinki, let’s have a look:
A cultural treasure, part of UNESCO, was built on six connected islands. Suomenlinna is an 18th-century sea fortress and one of the city’s most famous attractions. Beyond the artillery and defence walls, you will find restaurants, museums, a hostel, and guided walking tours. The fortress can only be reached by ferries and waterbuses.
2. Temppeliaukio Church
A church different from others, built inside a rock in a circular shape that is worth visiting. Temppeliaukio Church is a Lutheran church and can be found in Helsinki’s Tölö district. It is also known as the Church of the Rock.
3. Market Square (Kauppatori)
It is the central square of Helsinki, and the visit is a must! Located in the South Harbour, at one end of Esplanade Park, and it is considered one of the essential street markets in Finland. Here, you can make your culinary journey in Finnish cuisine, find local products, and buy souvenirs. You will also see the bronze fountain Havis Amanda symbolizing the birth of a city emerging from the sea.
4. Helsinki Cathedral
In the center of Helsinki, you will find the city’s cathedral, in Kruununhaka district, Senate Square. The opening hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the same square, you will find the statue of Tsar Alexander II, the Government Palace, and the University Library.
Linnanmäki is Finland’s oldest and most popular amusement park. While you have fun in games, at the same time, you also support children’s welfare work. However, we do recommend to check and consider all protection measures if you choose this park due to the pandemic.
6. The National Museum of Finland
Get ready for a trip to Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present day. You will be impressed by the frescoes located at the entrance, and you will see collections of coins, medals, clothes, jewelry, and weapons.
7. Amos Rex
An impressive art museum which you will find in the Lasipalatsi building, Mannerheimintie. On the surface, there are five domes with angular ceiling lights, where the exhibitions are illuminated with natural light and become an attraction for passers-by. Here, you will find restaurants and shops where you can continue your day after the tours.
8. The Parliament House
Sneak into the house of parliament, discovering the impressive design and the rooms that makeup it. It is also located in the Mannerheimintie area.
9. Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden
Relax in the Kaisaniemi botanical garden discovering all kinds of flowers and plants. The garden is one of Helsinki’s most popular attractions, attracting thousands of tourists yearly. You’ll find it in the center of the city.
10. Skywheel Helsinki
We’re always fascinated to see a city from above! See the historic city from the 40 meters high wheel located in the center, in Katajanokanlaituri district. It is worth mentioning that here it is hosted the world’s first sauna on a wheel.
Tip: Helsinki can also be reached from St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Sweden via the Baltic Sea.
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