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Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

See the Helsinki tourist attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the stops on the itinerary over a 24-hour or 48-hour period. You could choose to admire the unique rock architecture of the Temppeliaukio Church, visit the Parliament House, admire the neoclassical architecture in Senate Square or search for a bargain in Market Square. Enjoy an onboard audio commentary available in 10 languages and avail of excellent views from the top deck of your double-decker bus. Don't worry if the weather isn't great as the bottom deck is completely protected from the elements.

Helsinki: Tip-Based City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

2. Helsinki: Tip-Based City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Learn about Finnish culture and the lifestyle of locals on this tip-based walking tour in Helsinki. Find out about Finnish saunas and see if Finland is really the happiest country in the world. Hear about the country's facinating past and see what life is like for locals today. Meet your guide in the Senate Square next to the statue of Alexander II. Listen as your guide shares with you how the history of the city began in this square. Begin your walking adventure by seeing the Helsinki Cathedral. Admire its neoclassical-style, and distinctive green dome. Head to the University of Helsinki to uncover what makes the Finnish education system so unique. Venture to the City Museum (in the winter). Learn what to eat and buy while in Finland at the Market Square. Take in stunning sea views at a sauna viewpoint. See the Espa Stage in Esplanadi Park. Snap photos outside Fazer, the first cafe bar in Helsinki. Soak up the atmosphere as you admire the unique buildings that line Aleksi Street. Stop outside the massive Central Train Station and end your tour at the Helsinki Central Library, the best library in the country. Finish your tour by getting some recommendations on the best saunas to visit during your time in the city.

Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

3. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your expert city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the early 1900s. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why a statue of a Russian Tsar is standing in the middle of the town, why Helsinkians picnic at an old burial site, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

Helsinki: Historical Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Helsinki: Historical Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

Terve! Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On this walking tour, I’ll show you around the city while I share its historical ties to Sweden and Russia and fill you in on Finnish culture. Our walk begins in the shadows of Helsinki Cathedral in Senate square, the city’s political, religious, scientific, and commercial center. From there, I’ll point out some of the city’s main sites, and a few lesser-known ones too, like the Helsinki City Museum, one of the city’s oldest buildings. It’s home to approximately 1.5 million artifacts. I’ll also share a few amazing stories like how a salt warehouse was transformed into the Presidential Palace and how the Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe, was built. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll through Market Square, just like locals do, and hear the story of the Empress’ Stone. You’ll see Helsinki’s old market hall, and I’ll tell you how the First World War and the Finnish Civil War affected it. While you stroll through Esplanade Park, I’ll fill you in on the festival of Vappu and the story of Havis Amanda, the bronze statue that caused a splash when it was first revealed. Along the way, you can look forward to: • Decoding the symbolism hidden in the Alexander II sculpture • Taking in the impressive Allas Sea Pool and SkyWheel • Walking through the most famous park in Finland, Esplanade Park, which is also the green heart of Helsinki • Discovering the “Kappeli” restaurant, a local favorite among poets, writers, and artists in the 1900s • Finding out about Johan Ludvig Runeberg, a famous Finnish author, poet, and priest with Swedish roots • Hearing stories about the Swedish theatre, Svenska Teatern, and finding out about its current status • Passing by Stockmann, the oldest department store in Finland • Strolling down Alexander Street, one of the main shopping streets for locals This 90-minute tour is perfect for anyone who wants a taste of Finnish history while enjoying a glorious stroll in the heart of Helsinki!

FOOD Tour with Rooftop Bar Visit in Helsinki

5. FOOD Tour with Rooftop Bar Visit in Helsinki

Discover Helsinki on a guided tour of foodie locations, from the majestic Jugend Hall to the bustling Old Market Hall. Listen to tales of the city's culinary evolution, spanning the past and present, and savor traditional Finnish cuisine. Learn the unique cultural influences that make Helsinki so captivating. Enjoy culinary delights including coffee from a local brewery, salmon canapé, herring, pink salmon caviar, smoked reindeer meat, traditional bread, local pastry, and Finnish chocolate. Get insider tips on the best Helsinki food spots along the way. Finally, soak in views of the capital city from a rooftop bar.

Helsinki: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Helsinki: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the heart of Finland's vibrant capital, Helsinki, where history, culture, and modernity converge in a seamless blend. As you embark on this self-guided audio tour, you are about to embark on a journey through the city's iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and rich narratives that have shaped Helsinki into the dynamic metropolis it is today. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories behind each architectural marvel, from the neoclassical elegance of Senate Square to the cutting-edge design of the contemporary structures that dot the skyline. This audio tour serves as your personal guide, revealing the tales of the past and providing insights into the present, allowing you to explore Helsinki at your own pace. Whether you are a history enthusiast, architecture aficionado, or simply a curious traveler, this self-guided audio tour is designed to cater to your interests and curiosity. As you stroll through the charming streets and parks, let the narrations transport you back in time, unveiling the city's evolution from a humble trading post to the vibrant, cosmopolitan hub it is today. Feel the energy of Helsinki as you traverse its bustling markets, witness the beauty of its waterfront, and absorb the cultural richness of its museums and galleries. The self-guided nature of this tour empowers you to dictate the pace of your exploration, ensuring that you have the flexibility to linger at sites that captivate your interest or breeze through areas that may intrigue you less. Get ready to uncover Helsinki's secrets, learn about its fascinating history, and embrace the spirit of this Nordic gem. Learn more about the top 26 tourist attractions in Helsinki. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Helsinki Central Railway Station (Helsingin päärautatieasema) 2. Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden 3. The National Library of Finland 4. Senate Square 5. Helsinki Cathedral 6. Helsinki City Museum 7. Uspenski Cathedral, 8. Market Square 9. Vanha Kauppahalli (Old Market Hall) 10. Suomenlinna 11. Havis Amanda Statue 12. Esplanadi 13. Kamppi Chapel 14. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma 15. Helsinki Central Library Oodi 16. Parliament House 17. Finnish Museum of Natural History 18. Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) 19. The National Museum of Finland 20. Hietaniemi Cemetery 21. Sibelius Park 22. Seurasaari Open-Air Museum 23. Töölö Bay 24. Kallio Church 25. Kumpula Botanical Gardens 26. Kivinokka So, don your headphones, hit play, and let the city unfold before you as you embark on an unforgettable Helsinki Self-Guided Audio Tour.

All-in-One Helsinki Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

7. All-in-One Helsinki Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

User Make the most of your time in Helsinki by enjoying a panoramic drive and a stroll through the city, as well as some free time for shopping and exploring on this highlights trip. Get picked up directly at the port and head out on an exciting adventure. Enjoy a scenic drive towards Esplanadi Street and the Grand Mannerheim Boulevard. See the Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, the National Museum, the Parliament Building, and the Presidential Palace. Snap some pictures at the famous Sibelius Park and visit the famous monument. Continue on to the Olympic Stadium, the exotic Rock Church, and the Uspensky Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. Tour through the city center to see the Helsinki Central train station with its famous clock tower, as well as the beloved Havis Amanda fountain. The tour ends with free time by the seaside Market square, where you can try some local delicacies. Afterward, you will return to the shuttle which takes you back to your ship. You can also choose to stay longer in the city and take a taxi back to the port.

Helsinki : Highlights Walking Tour

8. Helsinki : Highlights Walking Tour

Begin your odyssey at the captivating Senate Square, renowned for its neoclassical splendor and the harmonious melodies of the Sound of the Senate Square. Delight in the majestic presence of Helsinki Cathedral, an architectural marvel emblematic of the city's spirit. Traverse the vibrant Hietalahti Market Square, a hub of commerce and culture, offering an array of locally sourced delights and artisanal crafts. Wander through the verdant expanse of Esplanadi Park, a serene oasis beloved for its lush landscapes and tranquil ambiance. Explore the innovative spaces of Helsinki Central Library Oodi, a modern marvel housing a plethora of amenities, from culinary facilities to creative studios. Conclude your journey at Musiikkitalo, a dynamic cultural hub blending education and entertainment, where music resonates through its halls, echoing the soul of Helsinki's vibrant cultural scene.

Helsinki: Must-See Attractions Guided Walking Tour

9. Helsinki: Must-See Attractions Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a private or group walking tour of Helsinki. Meet your guide at Senate Square and delve into the history and significance of the architectural gem of Helsinki Cathedral. Admire this distinctive landmark in the Helsinki cityscape, with its tall, green dome surrounded by four smaller domes. Then, venture to Sibelius Park, where the Sibelius Monument pays homage to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Traverse the serene Esplanadi Park, a tranquil oasis amidst the urban bustle. Soak in the grandeur of the Uspenski Cathedral, a testament to the enduring Russian influence on Finnish soil. Next, dive into the vibrant ambiance of Kauppatori, a famed market square where local delicacies, artisanal crafts, and souvenirs await. Finally, visit the Temppeliaukio Church, an awe-inspiring feat of architecture hewn from solid rock, epitomizing Helsinki's blend of tradition and innovation.

Helsinki: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

10. Helsinki: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

Feel the unique atmosphere of a Nordic city with an insightful private tour of Helsinki. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the world's happiest country as you discover the city's most popular neighborhoods. Learn about local history and culture by exploring the main landmarks. Get picked up from the port or airport and head out on your sightseeing journey with a private guide. Enjoy onboard amenities such as bottled water and free WiFi. Drive around the fashionable districts of Ullanlinna, Eira, and Kaivopuisto to see magnificent Art Nouveau structures. Explore beautiful embankments with magnificent views of the Gulf of Finland. Discover Sibelius Park, an Orthodox and Jewish cemetery, the Uspenski Cathedral, and the Helsinki Cathedral. Walk around Esplanade Park in the heart of the city and admire the ocean from the Löyly sauna and restaurant. Take a break to swim in the cool ocean waters, then see the innovative Odi Library and interactive center. Ask your guide to adjust the itinerary if there's a place you'd particularly like to see, then get dropped off at the starting point or your chosen location.

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(45 reviews)

The guide was amazing, he spoke very well, he had a great humor and was interested about those who were on his tour- asked everyone where they're from and about their countries. The pace of the tour was also good. We had enough time to listen and look around each spot but also the tour ended at the right time. I highly recomend taking part in his tour.

That was not only one of the best tip-based tours, but THE best tip-based tours. Matti seems to absolutely love his job and engaging with the people of his tour. It was a perfect mix of information, keeping everyone engaged and interested and offering a variety of facts. Would absolutely recommend it.

Excellent walking tour, very knowledgeable tour guide, friendly, interesting, funny and gave us information on other things to do and places to see whilst staying in Helsinki Highly recommended

Excellent and the tour guide Elena was fabulous. She was able to answer all questions and gave us insights into the culture and people of Helsinki.

extremely good and more informational. must do for first time visitors