Discover the fascinating Helsinki, the city of architecture and design
A small, vibrant city surrounded by the world's largest archipelago, the Finnish capital has a unique alternation of images and experiences. People in Helsinki are known to have a design tendency that is reflected everywhere. You will be amazed at the large number of new things you will discover. This thriving city features unique design and architecture attractions, spectacular museums and galleries, exciting food culture and a vibrant cultural scene.
Take a tour of the Senate Square with its neoclassical 19th-century buildings. Stand to admire the all-white Helsinki Cathedral with its green domes that dominate the square with its elegance. Visit the atmospheric circular Church of the Rocks, which is built in the heart of a natural granite rock and covered with a bronze dome, is a model of acoustic quality.
Visit the iconic Ateneum Art Museum to admire Finland's largest art collection, with over 20,000 works. Wander the Esplanadi Avenue with its art galleries. Come and admire the dazzling modern building of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the most important museum of contemporary art in the country. It is worth visiting the Design Museum to see the evolution of aesthetics and thought in Finland but also the natural beauty in the endless Esplanadi Park in the heart of the city. Of course, you will not leave Helsinki if you do not try the sauna experience. So enjoy an authentic relaxing and rejuvenating experience at Kotiharjun Sauna, the only wooden sauna in Helsinki dating back to 1928.
Enjoy local cuisine
The Helsinki gastronomic scene includes everything. Refined Michelin-starred restaurants and traditional restaurants where you can try local cuisine. There are various dishes with salmon and others with reindeer and fish (mainly herring), while the soups are also delicious. Arctic forest berries are widespread in confectionery and cooking. Accompany your meal with lapin kulta blonde beer but do not forget to try koskenkorva (something similar to our raki), Finnish vodka and liqueurs.
Best time to visit Helsinki
Visiting Helsinki in summer and winter are two very different experiences. Think carefully about what season best suits your travel style. In winter, the sun often rises only for 6 hours, but in summer, you will enjoy the sun for up to 19 hours a day. If you want to see the sights, enjoy the parks of Helsinki and visit the islands in comfort, summer is definitely the best time to visit it.
How to use transportation in Helsinki
Transfer from/to Helsinki
Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport is 19 km from central Helsinki and can be reached in around 25 minutes by car. The best way to get to the city center is to take the Finnair City Bus, which connects the airport to Helsinki Central Station in 30 minutes. The itineraries depart every 20 minutes, from 05.00 to 00.00. Alternatively, public bus No. 615 (No. 620 at night) runs the same route (Helsinki Central Railway Station - Airport) daily, making separate stops outside the airport's 2 terminals. The journey takes about 40 minutes. You can also take a taxi or the Ring Rail Line train to the main train station.
Helsinki has an excellent public transport (HSL) system that includes bus, tram, metro, commuter and ferry services. With just one ticket you can take trams, buses, the metro and even the public ferry to Suomenlinna. You can even switch from one mode of transfer to another as long as your ticket is still valid. You can purchase individual tickets using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines, R-kiosks and other HSL outlets.