Activities In Helsinki
Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a compact and lively city that offers visitors an endless number of possibilities. The modern city has over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea.
In September 2018, Helsinki took the first place in the European Commission’s new Capital of Smart Tourism 2019 competition. In 2014 Helsinki was awarded City of Design status as part of the Creative Cities Network established by UNESCO. Helsinki has also been the World Design Capital in 2012 when the city also celebrated its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland.
In Helsinki, you can sense the proximity of the sea everywhere, as the city has over a hundred kilometres of shoreline and around 300 islands in its archipelago. Maritime attractions are a must in the summertime. The majestic shoreline, archipelago, parks, forests…and much more.
Helsinki is one of the few capital cities in the world where nature is so close, even in the heart of the city!
Being the capital of Finland, it should be no surprise that Helsinki has some great public saunas – both traditional neighbourhood saunas and brand new design saunas. There’s no better way to get to the heart of the Finnish identity!
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 Ateneum Art Museum, the Helsinki Cathedral and a short ferry ride over to Suomenlinna which lets you flawlessly combine history with an enjoyable picnic lunch. You can visit places in the city like the Hietaniemi beach, a popular young people’s destination.
Helsinki Zoo (Korkeasaari) is home to 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.
With the HSL travel card, you can easily get all around the city.
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, cycling is easy, and the locals are only too happy to help you make the most of your visit!
More information about Helsinki and its opportunities for travellers you can find on the MyHelsinki web page.