Things to do in

Helsinki

Finland’s capital takes explorers in with its coastal air, artistic monuments, and modern architecture.

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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.

  • 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

I saw a lot of gorgeous neighborhoods, and learned a lot about the history of Finland. Be sure to wear your walking shoes- we took trams around town, but I was at 15,000 steps by the end of the tour.

It was a wonderful experience having a trip to Tallin using this Ferry. We will be using the same way to Tallin in the future. It was comfortable, even for the kids.

Emek was very knowledgeable and he presented Helsinki from architectural, historical and cultural poin of view. It was a very pleasant walk...

Mikhail was fantastic start to finish. Really beautiful tour to see the park in a layer of mist. A must see for any trip to Finland.

We had a great time with pleasant professional guide.It was a good choise for sunny day.