Things to see and do - Helsinki
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Helsinki Travel guide
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Of fairly recent origin (Helsinki’s current site was settled in 1640), and capital since only 1812, this "daughter" of the Baltic Sea that surrounds it is a city of contrasts. It is calm yet bustling, urban but wafted by sea breezes and woodland scents, and architecturally both classic and contemporary. With its half a million inhabitants, the capital of this small country has established a name for itself in diplomatic circles, as well as in the world of tasteful, decorative arts.
Tourist attractions Helsinki : Things to see and do
Senaatintori FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Work of town planner Ehrenström and architect Carl Ludvig Engel, Senate Square comprises a collection of monumental buildings typifying the aristocratic elegance of neo-Classicism. The senate building was completed in 1820, the university in 1832, th..
Mannerheiminaukio 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Right in the heart of the city, between the Station, with its refined lines of Finnish Art nouveau, and the functionalist Parliament building, Kiasma, inaugurated in 1998, is the work of Steven Holl. The exterior combines metals (copper, zinc, titani..
Kaivokatu FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Built essentially to designs by Eliel Saarinen, one of the creators of the Finnish pavilion at the Paris Universal Exhibition (1900), the station (1909-1916) constitutes a model of "objective architecture". Stone, glass and iron come togeth..
Yrjönkatu 30 FIN - 00110 Helsinki
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Situated directly across from Forum Shopping Centre is this central Helsinki hotel. It provides basic, yet functional accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Helsinki Central Station is 7 minutes’ walk away. A flat-screen TV, fridge, microwave and tea/coffee..
Kalevankatu 3 B FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Directly across the street from Stockmann Department Store, this hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from Helsinki Central Station. It offers free Wi-Fi, along with basic and functional rooms with local artist’s works. Cable TV and private bathrooms with a sho..
Kaivokatu 12 FIN - 00100 Helsinki
Prix Prices from : 95 €
Located directly opposite Helsinki Central Station, Hotel Seurahuone’s elegant Art Nouveau building dates back to 1913. It offers charming interiors and modern rooms with LCD TVs and tea/coffee makers. At Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki, guests can choose..
Leisure activities Helsinki
See the beauty of this stunning Nordic city on an introductory sightseeing tour with live commentary from your knowledgable guide. A great way to get orientated with the city, particularly for first time visitors. The city tour takes in the most i..
Prices from : 25 €
Experience Helsinki's stunning architecture, leafy boulevards, and striking landmarks during this orientation bus tour. Pre-recorded audio commentary guarantees that you won't miss a thing! The Audio City Tour allows you to sit back in comfort whils..
Prices from : 29 €
Choose from 12 languages on this Self-guided Helsinki Audio City Tour. The tour takes in the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical center with Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia ..
Eteläesplanadi 8 FIN - 00130 Helsinki
Professionally run restaurant on the esplanade, divided into two stylish rooms decorated in black and silver. Classical Scandinavian cooking favours the Nordic techniques of salting and curing but also displays subtle modern and innovative touches. D..
Kasarmikatu 44 FIN - 00130 Helsinki
Laid-back restaurant with an adjoining bar and a friendly team. The menu is easy-going too, offering around 10 regularly changing dishes that can be taken either as starters or main courses. Good ingredients feature in flavoursome, unfussy preparatio..
Bulevardi 6 FIN - 00120 Helsinki
Owned by the same people as next door Gaijin, this lively, informal restaurant offers an accessible range of authentic North Africa, Turkish and Eastern Mediterranean dishes; try the set or tasting menus to experience a cross-section of them all. If ..
Katariinankatu 1 FIN - 00170 Helsingfors
Take the lift up to this brightly lit, minimalist restaurant and ask for a table overlooking the harbour. Modern 3, 5 and 7 course menus follow the seasons and wines are available to match. Local ingredients feature in skilfully prepared, inventive d..
Huvilakatu 28A FIN - 00150 Helsingfors / Helsinki
Tiny, simply decorated restaurant with a friendly atmosphere, secreted amongst residential apartment blocks. The open kitchen uses carefully chosen organic and wild ingredients in modern, original Finnish cooking. The passionate chefs deliver dishes ..
Ainonkatu 3 FIN - 00100 Helsingfors
This stylish, modern restaurant is housed in the Kunsthalle art centre. One room is decorated with large photos of Thai scenes; the other is furnished in red, black and grey, with transparent curtains separating black tables. Zesty, harmonious dishes..
Pohjoisesplanadi 5 FIN - 00130 Helsinki
Modern, minimalist restaurant within an attractive 19C townhouse on the harbourside. Cooking is exciting and innovative and uses stimulating ingredient combinations with contrasting tastes and textures. Relaxed yet professional service heightens the ..
Vironkatu 8 FIN - 00170 Helsingfors
It may be hidden away but this welcoming restaurant is well-known. It's a charming place, run by a delightful, experienced couple, who offer modern Nordic cooking crafted almost entirely from organic ingredients. Dishes are light and original, produc..
Bulevardi 6 FIN - 00120 Helsingfors
Sister to Farang and Boulevard Social, with dark, contemporary décor, a buzzing atmosphere and attentive service. Its experienced owners offer boldly flavoured, skilfully presented modern takes on Japanese, Korean and Northern Chinese recipes. The ta..
Uudenmaankatu 9-11 FIN - 00120 Helsingfors / Helsinki
An unassuming-looking restaurant decorated in neutral tones and hung with huge cotton pendant lights. Classically based cooking combines French and Finnish influences to produce robust, satisfying dishes with a subtle modern edge. Choose 4-7 courses;..
Pohjoisesplanadi 9 FIN - 00170 Helsingfors
Appealing modern bistro set below bigger sister Luomo. It has a light, crisp Nordic design, two summer terraces and views over the harbour. Fresh, local ingredients feature on the concise daily menu; dishes are carefully prepared and nicely balanced ..