Helsinki is one of the top tourist destinations in northern Europe. The crown jewel of Finland, Helsinki boasts a rich culture, many centuries' worth of history and a wealth of world-class landmarks, museums, parks and theatres. The city also offers great shopping, nightlife and dining opportunities. Easy to get to, but hard to leave, Helsinki is home to some of Europe's grandest sights.
Tourism in Helsinki
Helsinki tourism offers visitors much to see and do. The city is home to everything from beautiful churches and fascinating museums to interesting historical landmarks.
One of the top sites in Helsinki is Suomenlinna, a great seaside fortress that dates back to the 1700s. Now open to the public, Suomenlinna is one of the city's most spectacular sites. Helsinki is filled with marvellous landmarks, such as the Helsinki Cathedral, Pihlajasaari island and the magnificent Uspenski Cathedral.
Helsinki is home to many museums and cultural institutions, including the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Ateneum Art Museum, Military Museum of Finland, National Museum of Finland and Heureka Science Centre.
For recreation and leisure, Helsinki boasts many parks, including Esplanadi Park, Töölönlahti and Central Park. Other top sites and destinations in the city include the Olympic Tower, Sibelius Monument, Finlandia Hall, Linnanmäki amusement park and the fascinating Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Helsinki also offers a plethora of excellent shopping, nightlife and dining destinations.
Helsinki is a compact city with well laid out and intertwined streets and districts. Helsinki is the 2012 World Design Capital, ensuring the Finnish capital will be buzzing with tourists this year.
Getting around Helsinki
Helsinki boasts an excellent transportation network and an abundance of public transit options. The city’s sprawling tram network is the best way to get around Helsinki, although subway, bus, train and ferry are other viable options as well. Taxi and car rental services are also available in Helsinki and its suburbs.
One of Europe’s most spectacular and beautiful cities, Helsinki is not to be missed. With everything from magnificent cathedrals to world-class shopping, visiting Helsinki is undoubtedly a most rewarding experience.
Travelling to Helsinki
Flying to Helsinki with SAS means travelling with Europe's most punctual airline. In addition, if you book with SAS, you can benefit from a 23 kg free baggage allowance, as well as no hidden or seat reservation fees.
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