Helsinki is sure to leave a lasting impression on its guests. This charming city boasts an array of attractions such as historical sites and grand structures minted with the city's other half, the ocean itself. It stretches along the Gulf of Finland, the easternmost projection of the Baltic Sea. Being the country's capital, it is the most populated of Finland’s cities and offers modern corporate attractions for the country’s cultural, educational, religious and political networks.
Helsinki Senate Square ( Wikipedia )
Senate Square is the city's centre for arts, culture, religion, politics and education. It exhibits snow sculptures and art displays as well as playing host to several festivals and concerts. Bounded by four majestic buildings - Helsinki Cathedral, the University of Helsinki, the National Library of Finland and Government Palace, Senate Square is highlighted by its neoclassical architecture. In the middle of the square is the statue of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Tourists flock around this attraction for a remarkably authentic take on Helsinki.
Market Square ( Wikipedia )
To experience the seaside community with a bustling mix of food, souvenirs and fresh produce head to Market Square, located just off Senate Square. Along the city bay, the busy street and stalls provide a festive atmosphere, stretching rows of tents selling fur, clothing, jewellery, paintings, fruit and the yearly October highlight; the Helsinki Herring Festival. The famous Market Square is only steps away from the Esplanadi Park, where ferryboats are parked en-route to other islands.
Aleksanterinkatu ( Wikipedia )
Like NYC's Time Square or Singapore's Orchard Road, Aleksanterinkatu is the central commercial street of Helsinki. Shops, cafes, restaurants and the Stockmann department store are all present in one convenient location. This is one attraction tourists should not miss out on when visiting Helsinki. A stone's throw away from Senate Square, it has access to the University of Helsinki, the Ritarihuone, Helsinki Cathedral and the Nordea Bank.
Aleksanterinkatu marvels especially during Christmas, when the street sparkles with enchanting Christmas lights, painting a beautiful picturesque evening during the holidays.
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
( Visit Site )
As one of Finland's most popular theme parks, this amusement park offers many exciting rides like roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, octopus spinner, pendulum rides, river rafting, bumper cars, water rides and more. Ticket prices are based on height, with taller people having more options to select the number of rides. Other attractions include a Glass Maze, Motion Cinema and Fun House.
The park also connects to the Sea Life Centre, a new attraction that embarks on marine conservation awareness. This offers an interesting journey through tropical waters with modern glass displays, aquariums and a view of sea life with various underwater species.
Address: Tivolikuja 1, 00510 Helsinki, Finland
Opening Hours: vary according to the time of year.
Tel.: +358 10 5722200
Suomenlinna ( Visit Site )
Suomenlinna is a sea fortress recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is popular among tourists and locals for picnics, sightseeing and enjoying the parks and the sea. Guests have many activities to choose from like walking tours, museums, handicraft shops, cafes, restaurants, a library and a beer garden. Suomenlinna is open all year round and can be reached by a regular ferry through Helsinki City Transportation system, or by waterbuses from the pier at Market Square.As one of Finland's most popular theme parks, this amusement park offers many exciting rides like roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, octopus spinner, pendulum rides, river rafting, bumper cars, water rides and more. Ticket prices are based on height, with taller people having more options to select the number of rides. Other attractions include a Glass Maze, Motion Cinema and Fun House.
Address: Suomenlinna C74, 00190 Helsinki, Finland.
Tel.: +358 29 5338300
Temppeliaukio Church ( Visit Site )
Known for being the church built into solid rock, Temppeliaukio Church is certainly one of a kind. Natural light pours in from the church's glazed dome; the rough stoned interiors amplify each echo the choir makes. Visited by about half million curious tourists each year, it is a glorious interpretation of strong faith at one with nature. Located in the district of Toolo, this interesting Lutheran church is also a concert venue because of its raw sound quality acoustics.
Address: Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 23406320
Hietaniemi Beach ( Wikipedia )
Known for its sandy beach, the one at Hietaniemi is very popular with tourists and locals alike because of its close proximity to the city. Visitors can relax on warm days playing volleyball, having picnics, sunbathing or swimming.
Address: Sandstrandsvägen 00100 Helsinki, Finland