Discover Helsinki 2017-2018

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Discover HELSINKI

A land of one million saunas

A land of one million saunas

Picture: Eetu Ahanen / Visit Helsinki You could start your adventure into the other side of Finland by visiting a sauna. It is something you have ...
2017 – the centenary of Finland’s independence

2017 – the centenary of Finland’s independence

2017 is Finland’s big year as the country marks its 100 years of independence. The year is celebrated through an extensive and varied progra...
The Finnish Way

The Finnish Way

Picture: Eetu Ahanen / Visit Helsinki Congratulations! You have chosen to visit Finland, the safest and most eco-friendly country in the world....

Sightseeing

Attracted to Helsinki – Sights and attractions

Attracted to Helsinki – Sights and attractions

  Helsinki is a pocket-sized city and its sights are almost within a walking distance. Still, there is plenty to see in Helsinki. IF YOU ARRIVE i...
Attractions for children 

Attractions for children 

  The amusement park at Linnanmäki is Finland’s most-visited attraction, and its spring opening is a major annual event on the calendar of Helsi...

Art

National fervour and symbolism

National fervour and symbolism

  The plein-air method drove Finnish artists out among real subjects: the peasantry and genuine nature. Artists, who usually had an upper-class...
From rococo to realism

From rococo to realism

The Three Smiths statue Profane, so-called free art, had its hesitant origin in Finland in the 18th century Isak Wacklin’s rococo portraits and ...
Art treasures of the city

Art treasures of the city

  The history and present state of Finnish art can be studied intimately in the various art museums, galleries and special collections in and ar...

Information

Currency

Currency

Currency Finland is one of the European Union countries using the euro. Notes are issued in the following denominations: 500, 200, 100, 50, 20...
Climate

Climate

  Helsinki has four distinct seasons. The light-drenched, warm summer contrasts sharply with the dark, cold winter. The main tourist season ext...
Business Hours

Business Hours

Business Hours Shop opening hours were deregulated in 2016 and shop owners are allowed to set their opening hours freely. However, department st...

Discover Helsinki

Gastronomy

A Cavalcade of Four Gastronomic Seasons

A Cavalcade of Four Gastronomic Seasons

Picture: Elina Manninen / Visit Finland Finnish cuisine reflects the country’s location between east and west. You can also taste the endless s...
A variety of fish dishes 

A variety of fish dishes 

  A survey of a Finnish buffet table will give a fair impression of the variety and range of Finnish cuisine. Although quite similar to the Swe...
Local delicacies

Local delicacies

The four seasons and local specialities create a colourful display across the markets of Finland. In Tampere, for example, they sell hot black s...

Architecture

It started as a modest town

It started as a modest town

  Finland was part of the Swedish empire until the early nineteenth century. Helsinki was founded in 1550 by King Gustavus I Wasa at the mouth ...
Architecture in Helsinki – A mixture of east and west

Architecture in Helsinki – A mixture of east and west

  What does Helsinki have to offer visitors interested in architecture? Both architecturally and culturally, Helsinki is an idiosyncratic mix o...
Explore architectural showpieces 

Explore architectural showpieces 

Uspenski Cathedral  Heading back from Seurasaari, you pass close to several other main Helsinki attractions. One of these is the Sibelius monu...

Transport

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

  There are several companies arranging Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours in Helsinki. Most of the buses have a stop at the Senate Square or nearb...
Boat Services

Boat Services

  It is easy to overlook one of Helsinki’s main attractions: the extensive archipelago. In the summer, boat tours operate from the Market Squar...
Getting around Helsinki

Getting around Helsinki

Picture: Jussi_Hellsten / Visit Helsinki Helsinki is well served by public transport networks. You can start your exploration of the city’s many ...

Music

Music for the masses

Music for the masses

Finlandia Talo. Picture: Rauno Traskeli From the Opera House, if you continue down the main thoroughfare Mannerheimintie in the direction of the...
National Opera and Ballet celebrate centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017

National Opera and Ballet celebrate centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017

Finnish National Opera Helsinki Chamber Music Festival (July 4th–6th, 2017) is an interesting newcomer in the Helsinki festival scene. It brings c...
Reason to make a song and dance

Reason to make a song and dance

Picture: Laura Rotko / Visit Helsinki For a city of only half a million inhabitants, Helsinki enjoys a remarkably rich mix of cultural fare, offer...

Sport

Go sporting 

In addition to sporting sights, Helsinki offers visitors a variety of ways of taking some exercise. The Swimming Stadium mentioned earlier is a sum...

Icemen and other stars

Although ice hockey is Finland’s most popular spectator sport, the country’s internationally best known sporting superstars are nevertheless more l...

Helsinki – Sporty daughter of the Baltic

Helsinki offers a lot to see and do for a sport-minded visitor. Both the active athletic and the spectator sportsman can find various attractions. ...

Design

The heyday of art glass 

Handicraft skills and traditional materials became important during and immediately after the Second World War, when there was a shortage of materi...

Enduring classics of Modernism

The earliest and still working companies in the field of the applied arts were the Arabia ceramics factory (founded in 1873), and Nuutajärvi glass ...

Finnish design

  During the past 150 years design has shaped Finnish culture and national identity. Finnish design is known for clean lines, practicality and ti...

Restaurants

Stylish and independent

The trend in Helsinki now calls for independently owned, chef-run bistros. Many of these restaurants are quite small, so a reservation is recommend...

Stars and classics

Helsinki’s top-rated restaurants offer high-quality food in stylish settings. Many of the best restaurants are located either in the city centre or...

Fresh and local – Restaurants in Helsinki

Take a culinary trip around Helsinki and fall in love with the versality and pureness of Finnish cuisine.    For a small city, Helsinki can offer ...

Shopping

Design district

Design District Helsinki s a large cluster of stores, restaurants and more, with creativity as the common factor aside from their location, spreadi...

The Esplanades and their cross streets 

The two Esplanades, running west from the Market Square and the South Harbour, act as a magnet for fashion and design outlets: Marimekko (Pohjoises...

Department stores

The department stores in the heart of the downtown area are Stockmann (Aleksanterinkatu 52 B, on the corner of Mannerheimintie, and with access fro...

Nightlife

Beer and more beer

Finland used to have – basically – one beer. All the breweries used to make the same type of lager with almost no alternatives. Now, luckily, the t...

Cocktails

Finns have had a reputation of hard drinking. The nation’s favourite drinks have been beer and vodka, but there is a rapidly growing cocktail cultu...

Bars and nightlife and no dress-codes

Helsinki has a lively bar culture catering for every taste. The nightlife warms up for the weekend with eager partyers swinging from bar to bar. BA...