Recently named a World Design Capital, Helsinki boats a fantastic mix of nature, waterfront views, a cosmopolitan city and plenty of things to do all in one place. Though many might think of Helsinki as a cold and snowy place, the residents are out and about all year long, regardless of the temperature.
Visitors who are looking for a spot that offers friendly and lively people with a beautiful city, Helsinki absolutely fits the bill and is the most visited city in Finland.
Helsinki Airport is the airport where most air visitors will land, while many visitors can also arrive in Helsinki via ferry from Sweden, Poland and Germany. To travel inside the city, many people will use the Helsinki metro system.
Perhaps the most visited part of Helsinki is the famous Senate Square. On this spot there are many of the best sites in Helsinki, including great architectural designs, excellent museums and is considered by many to be the heart of the city. It makes for the perfect spot to start any tour of the city, by either foot or even bicycle.
Lining Senate Square are the National Library of Finland, the Palace of the Council of State, the Lutheran Cathedral (the Tuomiokirkko) and the Sederholm House (Sederholmin Talo). Many of these were designed by Carl Ludvig Engel during the early to mid 1830’s and represent a very distinctive style known to Helsinki.
Outside the Senate Square, the rest of Helsinki is very walkable. Visitors can start at the Esplanade which offers a great walk around and through the city, head to the Market Square which goes along the waterfront and offers both residents and visitors the option to purchase crafts, goods and foods all year around.
There are a number of other great sites to see in Helsinki that include the Fortress of Suomenlinna, the Mannerheim Museum, and the Seurassari Open Air Museum. Each of these sites provides visitors with some attractions that are very unique to Helsinki and simply cannot be found anywhere else in the world.