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Helsinki Travel Guide

Long cold winters mean that Helsinki, the capital of Finland, comes doubly alive in the summer. The snow melts away from the bike trails linking the city and outdoor cafes spring up everywhere. This is a great time to visit Suomenlinna, a fascinating sea fortress dating to the mid-1700s. Traditional saunas (try cooling off outdoors in the winter for a bracing thrill) are available for a cleansing sweat, perhaps necessary after partying on Helsinki’s islands and peninsulas during one of its yearly festivals like Vappu, a carnival-esque bacchanal. English and Swedish are widely spoken, and the architecture calls for mind a mini St. Petersburg (a role Helsinki has played in more than one film). The Ateneum art museum represents one of the most significant collections in Finland, or check out the Sibelius Monument, a tribute to the native composer, which resembles giant organ pipes fused together. Look for the Market Halls open year round to sample Finnish treats including beaver sausage and smoked fish. European capital which is relatively unassuming but fascinating in its own right, Helsinki has a personality all its own.
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What to Do

Looking for things to do in Helsinki? We provide up-to-date info on everything from must-see scenic spots to local hangouts.
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Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

7.4
4.6/5367 Reviews
"Churches and Cathedrals"
"Buildings by Famous Architects"
Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Church

6.8
4.6/5344 Reviews
"Churches and Cathedrals"
"Buildings by Famous Architects"
Suomenlinna Museum

Suomenlinna Museum

6.8
4.5/5200 Reviews
"Popular Spots"
"Military Sites"
Uspenski Cathedral

Uspenski Cathedral

6.2
4.5/5169 Reviews
"Churches and Cathedrals"
Havis Amanda

Havis Amanda

5.7
4.3/5102 Reviews
"Fountains"
Sibelius Park

Sibelius Park

5.6
4.5/5260 Reviews
"City Parks"
Gulf of Finland

Gulf of Finland

5.3
4.6/580 Reviews
"Military Sites"
"Straits/Fjords"
The National Museum of Finland

The National Museum of Finland

5.2
4.4/576 Reviews
"Buildings by Famous Architects"
"Museums"
Kamppi Chapel

Kamppi Chapel

5.1
4.3/557 Reviews
"Churches and Cathedrals"
Finnish National Gallery

Finnish National Gallery

5.0
4.3/562 Reviews
"Buildings by Famous Architects"
"Art Museums"

Where to Stay

Discover the most popular places to stay in Helsinki, complete with recommendations from fellow travelers and special hotel offers
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Holiday Inn Helsinki - Expo
Hotel Arthur

Hotel Arthur

4.2/589 Reviews
Hilton Helsinki Airport

Hilton Helsinki Airport

4.6/5138 Reviews
Hilton Helsinki Strand

Hilton Helsinki Strand

4.6/5103 Reviews
Scandic Kallio

Scandic Kallio

3.8/551 Reviews
Arkadia Hotel & Hostel

Arkadia Hotel & Hostel

2.5/529 Reviews
Glo Hotel Sello

Glo Hotel Sello

4.3/524 Reviews

What to Eat

Want to eat like a local? Don't miss out on these top Helsinki dishes and foodie spots.
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Ravintola Ragu

Ravintola Ragu

4.6/526 Reviews
Avg. USD21/person
"Western-style"
"Open Late"
Ravintola Kuu

Ravintola Kuu

4.7/526 Reviews
Avg. USD38/person
"Western-style"
"Famous Restaurants"
Cafe Esplanad

Cafe Esplanad

5.0/54 Reviews
Avg. USD16/person
"Coffee Shops"
Juuri

Juuri

4.4/518 Reviews
Avg. USD55/person
"Western-style"
Restaurant Savotta

Restaurant Savotta

4.2/57 Reviews
Avg. USD44/person
"Western-style"
Kappeli

Kappeli

4.5/515 Reviews
Avg. USD56/person
"Coffee Shops"
Ravintola Lehtovaara

Ravintola Lehtovaara

4.3/510 Reviews
Avg. USD35/person
"Famous Restaurants"
Restaurant Zetor

Restaurant Zetor

4.0/56 Reviews
Avg. USD43/person
"Western-style"
Atelje Finne

Atelje Finne

4.3/53 Reviews
Avg. USD88/person
"Western-style"
"Open Late"
Dong Bei Hu Restaurant
Cafetoria Roastery

Cafetoria Roastery

4.8/54 Reviews
Avg. USD11/person
"Coffee Shops"
"Afternoon Tea"
Ravintola Olo

Ravintola Olo

4.7/520 Reviews
Avg. USD200/person
"Western-style"

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