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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.


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

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.


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

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

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

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

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!

Planning Your Helsinki 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

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    UTC (+02:00)
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  • 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

The best way to see the highlights of Helsinki in 4 hours!!

Mikhail pick me up in time and proceeded to the tour. We covered all the places that I wanted to see.
Helsinki Half-Day City Tour Reviewed by Thomas, 09/15/2016

Convenient way to get an overview of a beautiful city.

Convenient way to get an overview of a beautiful city. The hop on location was close to my hotel. I was able to enjoy the city, see the sights and return without having to catch a taxi.

Great way to learn of the nature of Finland

and Our guide Mikhail was organized and tailored the tour to the group. He is highly knowlegible about the flora and fauna of the area and is friendly. The hike is good for individuals in moderate to good fitness and need to have appropriate clothing tie shoesfor hiking, a rain jacket and layered clothing. It is helpful to have back pack to bring water and a snack as there are in stores in the park. You will get to use the excellent public transportation system of Helsinki taking you into the heart of the park. If you like nature and enjoy the outdoors I highly recommend this tour and Mikhail.
Nuuksio National Park: Half-Day Trip from Helsinki Reviewed by Christopher, 08/11/2016

Mikhail was informative, patient and adaptable to our interests.

I'd recommend using this tour as a great way to start seeing Helsinki. It really helped us both see most of the main sights, with an expert guide, and orient ourselves well for two more days of exploration.
Helsinki Half-Day City Tour Reviewed by Rick, 08/06/2016

The pass structured all aspects of my visit.

Used the pass for the metro, the museums and for dining. It enabled me to get the most from my short visit.

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