Helsinki is a modern city, with 650 000 residents, nicely situated on the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is the centre of Finland’s administrative, educational and cultural life. It is also the finance and business centre of the country. Together with its neighbouring cities of Helsinki forms the metropolitan area with more than one million inhabitants.

Whether you decide to spend a few hours or several days in Helsinki, you can always find something interesting and unique to see and experience. Just in one day, you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Helsinki archipelago, get to know the city’s unique architecture and visit the best cultural attractions.

In Helsinki, you can sense the proximity of the sea everywhere, as the city has 130 kilometres of shoreline and over 300 islands in its archipelago. Helsinki’s maritime location makes the city unique and interesting – even internationally. Maritime attractions are a must in the summertime. The majestic shoreline, archipelago, parks, forest and much more. The sea is an essential part of Helsinki’s residents’ lives.

Helsinki is one of the few capital cities in the world where nature is so close, even in the heart of the city!

Helsinki is a compact city that is easy to explore on foot, as most of the sights are within walking distance. Even in the busy city centre, you are never far away from green areas and the sea. Tourist Information inside Helsinki Central Station has a selection of thematic maps to help you plan your walks around the city. Helsinki also has an excellent public transport system (HSL) comprising bus, tram, metro, commuter train and ferry services. With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, buses, the metro and even the municipal ferry to Suomenlinna island. You can even change from one mode of transport to another as long as your ticket is still valid. Single tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines and R-kiosks. With the HSL mobile app, you can easily get all around the city.

In addition to the tournament, you can get to know, for example, the bustle of the Market Square, experience the summer days in Esplanadi Park and shop for souvenirs for your loved ones back home. In your cultural tour of the city, you should at least include the Central Library Oodi, Amos Rex, the Olympic Stadium Tower and a short ferry ride over to Suomenlinna which lets you flawlessly combine history with an enjoyable lunch. You can visit places in the city like the Allas Sea Pool or Linnanmäki amusement park that are popular young people’s destinations. Furthermore, Helsinki Zoo, Korkeasaari, is home to more than 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species that show the diversity of nature. It’s also one of the few zoos located on an island. Helsinki Zoo the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history.

Helsinki’s locals are extremely open and hospitable, and most speak English fluently. Visiting Helsinki is always a pleasure. There are no great traffic jams, the public transport system is amazing and the locals are only too happy to help you make the most of your visit!

More information about Helsinki and its opportunities for visitors you can find on the MyHelsinki web page: MyHelsinki web page.

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