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Design Museum Helsinki: Our most recommended tours and activities

Helsinki Card City

1. Helsinki Card City

Discover Helsinki the easy and economical way with the Helsinki Card. Save time, money, and energy with a city card that gives you free entry to the city’s main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. Choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour options. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card 2023: All year round: • Entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like Amos Rex, Ateneum Art Museum, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and much more • Public ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour • Travel on public transport within Helsinki (zones AB) Seasonal tours: • Panorama Sightseeing by bus (Oct-Apr) • Canal Cruise sightseeing by boat (May-Sep) • 24-Hour Hop On-Hop Off bus tour (May-Sep) • City Highlights sightseeing by boat (May-Sep) In addition, get discounts in restaurants, on a cruise to Tallinn, and other attractions such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki, and Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki.

Helsinki Card Region

2. Helsinki Card Region

Discover Helsinki in an easy and economical way. The Helsinki Card is the key to a unique Helsinki experience for the individual traveler. With the Helsinki Card Region, you will save time, money, and energy. It gives you free entry to the city's main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. You can choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card: All year round: • Entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like Amos Rex, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland, Exhibition Centre WeeGee, Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, and much more • Public ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour • Travel on public transport within Helsinki ( zones ABC, including the Airport) Seasonal tours: • Panorama sightseeing tour by bus (October - April) • Canal Cruise (May - September)  • City Highlight Cruise (May - September) • F24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour (May - September) • Discounts in restaurants, cruise to Tallinn and other attractions, such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki and Flying Cinema

Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

3. Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Get to know Helsinki at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the tour app on your mobile device (instructions received via email after booking), simply use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in Helsinki. You can choose to start the activity at any time. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Once you begin, you'll solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. The app also includes facts and information about each location you stop at, so you'll be close to a local by the end of your adventure. As you explore, you can stop for a coffee, lunch, or a break at any time. Start your tour at the imposing Finnish National Theatre, with its excellent acoustics! Visit the Ateneum with its unique exhibits and explore Helsinki Cathedral with its stunning white facade. Take a photo at Helsinki's Market Square in the city center and get lost in the historic Vanha Kauppahalli, with its unique history. Visit the uniquely themed Shipwreckinen. You will also pass by Helsinki's Design Museum with its unique exhibits. Admire St. John's Church, the largest stone church in Finland. See, walk, and relax Old Church Park in the city center, while the Three Smiths Statue will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Helsinki: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

4. Helsinki: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the imposing Finnish National Theatre, with its excellent acoustics! Visit the Ateneum with its unique exhibits and explore Helsinki Cathedral with its stunning white facade. Take a photo at Helsinki's Market Square in the city center and get lost in the historic Vanha Kauppahalli, with its unique history. Visit the uniquely themed Shipwreckinen. You will also pass by Helsinki's Design Museum with its unique exhibits. Admire St. John's Church, the largest stone church in Finland. See, walk, and relax Old Church Park in the city center, while the Three Smiths Statue(where the tour ends) will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Helsinki: Tram Tour

5. Helsinki: Tram Tour

Enjoy a tour of Helsinki on its famous trams with an expert guide. Discover lesser-known parts of the city like a local as you use its extensive public tram system, which has been in operation since 1891. Explore various neighborhoods of Helsinki including Kruununhaka, Eira, Punavuori, Ullanlinna, and Kamppi. Enjoy a relaxed tour and discover points of interest that you may not find in standard tour itineraries. Visit the charming urban park of Kaivopuisto, see the Senate Square, and discover the beautiful architecture of Huvilakatu. Uncover beaches, trendy cafes, flea markets, great viewpoints, and other hidden gems. Keep your day ticket for public transportation which is valid for 24 hours so you can explore even more of the city.

Helsinki: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

6. Helsinki: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the charming and fascinating city of Helsinki which is a centre for maritime life. On this audio tour, learn of its history through visiting beautiful old buildings and hear of famous local composers who were crucial in the development of this Scandinavian city. Enjoy beautiful sights in Esplanade Park, marvel at the huge ferries coming and going in its harbour and visit the iconic Senate Square. Try something new in the country’s unique food market and learn about its daring swimming traditions. You will also see the Helsinki Information Centre, the Senate Square, Kaisaniemi Park, the Ateneum Art Museum with the Finnish National Gallery, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Parliament House, and the Design Museum. Your tour. Your way.

Helsinki: Escape Game and Tour

7. Helsinki: Escape Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with an outdoor escape game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in X. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. Start your tour at the imposing Finnish National Theatre, with its excellent acoustics! Visit the Ateneum with its unique exhibits and explore Helsinki Cathedral with its stunning white facade. Take a photo at Helsinki's Market Square in the city center and get lost in the historic Vanha Kauppahalli, with its unique history. Visit the uniquely themed Shipwreckinen. You will also pass by Helsinki's Design Museum with its unique exhibits. Admire St. John's Church, the largest stone church in Finland. See, walk, and relax Old Church Park in the city center, while the Three Smiths Statue will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

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What people are saying about Design Museum Helsinki

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 279 reviews

The city card is very convenient and I believe is fair priced if you can fully commit the entire day. I visited Suomenlinna, and did the panorama tour. If it were summer, I would've done the sightseeing too. Inclusion of the bus pass also meant that I was able to reduce my overhead costs. City passes can be really demanding if you want to meet the threshold for ROI so I advise that you purchase this if you're sure that you have the energy to be active the entire day.

The second to last puzzle - the plague garden - is too imprecise: it has two signs with letters that are relevant for the task. In addition, it is unclear whether it is counted or whether it has to be restarted every time... everything else is funny, informative and entertaining _ ☺️

Our personal guide and tram tour was exceptional. Guide was very knowledgeable. Our guide took us to interesting spots and really helped us understand Helsinki and the history of Finland.

The card quickly pays for itself with the many museums and eligible activities and all transport is accessible.

Guide was great, knowledgeable and flexible in arrangements. Good time allocation