Discover Helsinki 2017-2018

Discover Helsinki

Discover HELSINKI

Helsinki - Never far from water

Helsinki - Never far from water

The coastal waters off Helsinki are dotted with islands of all shapes and sizes. It is not without reason that Helsinki is often dubbed “the Daughter of the Baltic”.

THE BEST AND most traditional way to arrive in Finland’s capital is by sea.

Welcome to Helsinki!

Welcome to Helsinki!

Helsinki is a surprising city that enchants visitors with its diverse urban culture, the proximity of nature and its friendliness.

The laid-back rhythm of relaxed and compact Helsinki will take you away.

Helsinki is one of Europe’s fastest growing and developing cities.

A land of one million saunas

A land of one million saunas

You could start your adventure into the other side of Finland by visiting a sauna.

It is something you have perhaps heard about, as sauna is the only Finnish word to have entered the world vocabulary.


Events

Koti Sleepover

Koti Sleepover

KOTI (Finnish for home) is an art and design installation conceived by Linda Bergroth and commissioned and produced by the Finnish institute in Paris. After 100 days of success in Paris, KOTI moves to the centre of Helsinki to be experienced at Tori Quarters.
Design Reform Goes Virtual Reality

Design Reform Goes Virtual Reality

Design Reform organizes an Open Doors event – Reform Goes Virtual Reality – in relation to our new expertise, virtual reality and its application to design needs as well as marketing and sales tools.
People's Architecture

People's Architecture

People’s Architecture installation presents a transitional shelter designed by Taiwanese HSIEH Ying-Chun and CHIU Chen-Yu.

Architecture

Helsinki - A growing city

Helsinki - A growing city

Finland suffered great hardship during the World War II, and the post-war reconstruction effort was not completed until the 1950s.

With the burgeoning growth of the city in the 1950s and 1960s, the focus of new building shifted to the suburbs.

Nouveau ideas - boldly modernist

Nouveau ideas - boldly modernist

Helsinki’s architecture offers many examples of turn of the century Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) and the classicism that followed.

These styles can be studied in numerous public buildings.

Towards metropolitanism

Towards metropolitanism

The hectic construction that took place in the closing decades of the nineteenth century is everywhere in evidence in central Helsinki.

Four- and five-storey commercial buildings and residential blocks were erected on Pohjoisesplanadi, Bulevardi, and Erottaja, designed in a style that emulated the architecture of Vienna and Berlin.


Art

Self-portrait series “100 years of my family history” by Lumi Tuomi - 2 more weeks to visit Generation 2017 -exhibition

Self-portrait series “100 years of my family history” by Lumi Tuomi - 2 more weeks to visit Generation 2017 -exhibition

19 year old Finnish girl Lumi Tuomi wears the clothes from her ancestors in a series of self-portrait photographs titled “100 years of my family history”.

We spoke to Lumi who has recently moved to the Hague in the Netherlands to study at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, and here is her story:

Colour, power and the break-up of form

Colour, power and the break-up of form

In the early twentieth century anyone had at least a theoretical opportunity to study art, as students without means were admitted to the drawing school without fees.

There were fears that the artistic community, once equated with the bourgeoisie, would become proletarian, endangering the Finnish national spirit.


Design

Folklore and magic

Folklore and magic

The past few years have seen the rise of Finnish illustrators.
Ready for Finnish design?

Ready for Finnish design?

A good starting-point to see Finnish design is the Design Museum (Korkeavuorenkatu 23), one of the earliest in its field in Europe.

The museum has a collection of Finnish and foreign design, including fashion, industrial design and graphic design.

Postmodernism and recycling, Young fashion designers

Postmodernism and recycling, Young fashion designers

The 1980s saw the breakthrough of international postmodernism in Finland and elsewhere.

All the styles and movements of the twentieth century were freely reworked and juxtaposed, resulting in superficial, sensationalist design, but also in joyful and daring new departures.


Gastronomy

Taste Finland

Taste Finland

The Market Square occupies a great site in the South Harbour at the eastern end of the two Esplanades.
Sausages and potatoes

Sausages and potatoes

The summer in Finland starts on 1st June.

Most Finns leave their city apartments for the tranquility of the countryside and their summer cottages, which are usually situated by lakes.

Harvest food

Harvest food

Harvest time in Finland comes in August and September.

People catch Baltic herring and flatfish from the sea, hunters shoot wild ducks and elk, and the forest yields its rich crops of edible mushrooms, lingonberries and cranberries.


Information

Telephone

Telephone

There are several GSM operators in Finland and the range of coverage is approximately the same in the Helsinki area.
Police

Police

To contact the Finnish police (poliisi), phone 112. There is a lost-property office at Pasilanraitio 13 (tel. +358 295 417 912). The central police station is also located at Pasilanraitio 13 (tel. 0295 417 922).

Discover Helsinki

Music

Tango, karaoke and lots of garlic

Tango, karaoke and lots of garlic

And then there is the Finn’s love for the tango.

Tango?

The hot, sensual and passionate dance usually associated with Latin America?

Urban Festivals in Helsinki

Urban Festivals in Helsinki

Although a large number of Finnish music festivals take place outside the capital, there are still some interesting festivals in the central Helsinki area.
Cosy and contemporary venues

Cosy and contemporary venues

The atmospheric Alexander Theatre on Bulevardi 23–27 was the home of the Finnish National Opera from 1917 until 1993. Helsinki’s most popular concert church is Temppeliaukio Church

Nightlife

Top 12 best night clubs in Helsinki

Top 12 best night clubs in Helsinki

Top 12 best night clubs in Helsinki
Looking for something special?

Looking for something special?

…where the hip people are?

…watching a movie while having a drink?

…partying hard the Finnish way?

Helsinki Rock City

Helsinki Rock City

Finland is the heavy metal capital of the world, as the saying goes, and Helsinki is a rock city with lots of rock bars to keep you rocking all night long.

Restaurants

Magpie and other hidden treasures

Magpie and other hidden treasures

  Picture: Jussi Hellstén / Visit Finland   The area immediately to the south of the city itself is littered with small islets, many of which ...
Ethnic flavours

Ethnic flavours

Picture: Juha Kuva / Visit Finland   Ethnic food is one of the hottest trends right now and Helsinki has several upscale ethnic restaurants. Y...
Food festivals take over the streets

Food festivals take over the streets

Picture: Saara Salama / Visit Finland Restaurant Day is an original Finnish idea, a food carnival where anybody can open a pop-up restaurant for...

Shopping

The Esplanades and their cross streets

The Esplanades and their cross streets

Picture: Visit Finland The two Esplanades, running west from the Market Square and the South Harbour, act as a magnet for fashion and design out...
Hit the flea markets!

Hit the flea markets!

Picture: Nina Ijäs / Visit Finland Hietalahdentorin flea market, also known as Hietsu, is open from May to September Mon–Fri from 8 a.m. to 6 p....
Off the Centre

Off the Centre

Picture: Aleksanteri Baidin / Visit Helsinki The Marimekko factory outlet is located at Kirvesmiehenkatu 7 in Herttoniemi, which is two stops be...

Sightseeing

Island beauty

Island beauty

Picture: Jussi Hellstén / Visit Helsinki On the seaward horizon from the Market Square, you’ll catch a glimpse of the church tower that double...
Suomenlinna today

Suomenlinna today

Picture: Visit Finland These days the old fortress island of Suomenlinna is home to families and artists and is a part of the City of Helsinki, ...
Attracted to Helsinki – Sights and attractions

Attracted to Helsinki – Sights and attractions

Picture: Discover Helsinki   Helsinki is a pocket-sized city and its sights are almost within a walking distance. Still, there is plenty to s...

Sport

Wife-carrying and mobile-throwing

Wife-carrying and mobile-throwing

Picture: Visit Finland   Finland is home to some of the most eccentric festivals in the world. What’s more, a number of them have world champio...
Activities for the whole family

Activities for the whole family

Picture: Visit Finland If it should rain during your stay, try one of the indoor adventure parks. The ones nearest to the city centre are Hop...
Go sporting

Go sporting

Picture: Juho Kuva / Visit Finland In addition to sporting sights, Helsinki offers visitors a variety of ways of taking some exercise. The Swim...

Transport

Ships ahoy

Ships ahoy

Picture: Keijo Penttinen / Visit Finland Ships ahoy For those who prefer their own company or for groups who want a bit of peace and quiet, the...
Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Picture: Discover Helsinki   There are several companies arranging Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours in Helsinki. Most of the buses have a sto...
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...

HELSINKI 360° VR

Water Park Serena - the largest year-round water park in the Nordic countries

Water Park Serena - the largest year-round water park in the Nordic countries

The resort also offers cottage accommodation in the close proximity of the water park.

When the water park is open, the cottage price will automatically include water park tickets. In the winter season the customer can also select free ski passes for the entire group instead of water park tickets. 

360° VR - The Three Smiths Statue

360° VR - The Three Smiths Statue

Tip: Meeting someone downtown? This is a good landmark meeting point!     "The Three Smiths Statue is a sculpture by Felix Nylund, situa...