The capital and largest city of Finland is one of Europe’s most handsome, personal and charming capitals. The city maintains a personality and charm that is different from that of other Scandinavian capitals, and is often said to be closer to major cities of Eastern Europe due to its art-nouveau aesthetic and temperament.
As a world design capital, Helsinki’s innovation and love for design can be seen throughout the city. Spend time exploring the Design District, Helsinki’s creative centre core bursting with galleries, museums and cultural activities. Yet this is balanced perfectly with its charming heritage of understated yet glorious art-nouveau buildings, dozens of museums preserving Finnish heritage and superb restaurants that have changed neither menu nor furnishing since the 1930s.
Helsinki offers so much to see and whether it is a visit to the beautiful and historically significant Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral – the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe or the rock church of Temppeliauko, make sure a couple of the city’s great churches make your itinerary. Be sure to also unearth the great gems of the Helsinki’s most international and famous market located in the Market Square and the historical buildings of Tori Quarters also in the heart of Helsinki. If you have time, hop onto a frequent ferry to the nearby islands of Suemonlinna and Pihlajasaari, which provide historical heritage, beautiful beaches and fantastic settings for camping trips.
Finally, Finns love to party and weekend nights in central Helsinki is where it’s most evident. Whatever your taste, Helsinki has something for you from sweaty rock shows to classy cocktail lounges to hip bars where you can enjoy a locally brewed craft beer, there’s enough supply in night-time Helsinki to keep you going. What’s more within the last few years, Helsinki has stepped up its game in terms of clubbing with the district of Kallio really coming into its own.