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Top attractions in Helsinki

The 7 best things to do it Helsinki

Helsinki is an eclectic seaside city - all parks, islands, culture and nightlife. With the many attractions you expect of the capital city of Finland, this is a great place to spend a few days of stylish living. Enjoy our list of what to see when you visit.

  • Suomenlinna

    1. Suomenlinna

    Helsinki sightseeing starts in earnest at this spectacular sea fortress. The World Heritage Site offers guided tours, six museums and more. Arrive by ferry or waterbus.

  • Temppeliaukio Church

    2. Temppeliaukio Church

    Known as the Rock Church, this unique structure is carved into the granite, and offers amazing acoustics. As popular for concerts and performances as it is for worship.

  • Kiasma

    3. Kiasma

    The contemporary art museum's building is a work of art in itself, chosen as part of a Nordic design competition. Kids engage easily with modern art - here they can enter for free.

  • Uspenski Cathedral

    4. Uspenski Cathedral

    From ultra-modern architecture to this historic cathedral. This is the largest Orthodox structure in western Europe, and reflects the Russian influence on 19th century Finland.

  • Helsinki Cathedral

    5. Helsinki Cathedral

    For another architectural left turn, visit this Lutheran place of worship. Its neoclassical style has an imposing impact over the port. Lots of steps also offer a workout!

  • Sibelius Monument

    6. Sibelius Monument

    This intricate monument to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is located in the park that also bears his name. The powerful tribute is designed to visualize the essence of his music.

  • National Museum of Finland

    7. National Museum of Finland

    Learn all you need to know about Finnish history and culture at this exhaustive attraction. The exhibits cover more than 10,000 years - half a day will let you cover a few hundred!

Frequently asked questions about Helsinki

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there

    Flights to the city land at Helsinki Airport, which is half an hour's drive into the city center. Car hire is available at the airport and for the best prices, book and pay in advance. Trains leave the airport for the city every ten minutes, while the 620 bus offers an even cheaper option, but takes a little longer to arrive - perfect for backpackers.

  • What to do after dark

    The nightlife in Helsinki is vibrant and varied, with many bars, restaurants and nightclubs on offer. There is also a growing gay scene, a popular rock and metal scene and a wealth of live music to experience. Check local listings to see what's happening when you visit.

Good to know

  • Language
    Finnish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +358
  • Best time to visit
    May, June and September are the best months to visit, because the days are longer, the outdoor markets are open, the city is in bloom, and you'll avoid the higher prices, driven up by the tourists visiting during July and August, the peak months.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,439 reviews

Insightful and well organized tour that gave the opportunity to enjoy the old town vibe and get a lot of information about Finnish history and traditions. Porvoo is a picturesque town with a lot of beautiful sceneries and a vast selection of local made souvenir shops. The guide was knowledgeable and flexible regarding our needs and all the activities were adjusted accordingly to our interests. We would definitely recommend this tour!

We had a great rainy day hike with Mikhaïl. He was very knowledgeable about Nuuksio National Park and the local flora and fauna which made the hike all the more interesting.

Suzzie was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and great attitude. Had a very fun day. I will highly recommend Suzzie to my friends

Excellent service. Arrived early and let us know exactly where to meet. Car was spotless and very comfortable. Excellent driver!

Really exciting and interesting journey. Was very useful, relaxing. Good presentation of Helsinki city.