Helsinki, the modern and cosmopolitan capital of Finland situated on the Baltic Sea, is a city with over half a million residents. Helsinki offers lots to see, do and experience year round. Discover the maritime appeal, unique design and architecture attractions, exciting food culture, great shopping opportunities and over 3,000 lively events held each year. Feel the cultural influences from both the East and West, meet the friendly locals and enjoy the slow rhythm of urban Helsinki. Explore and be inspired:

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Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Suomenlinna is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Finland and a fascinating destination to explore. There are 6 kilometers of wall, over 100 cannons, exciting tunnels, museums, guided tours, cafés and restaurants. The ferry ride itself is a fun experience, allowing you to see and photograph Helsinki from the sea. Suomenlinna attracts visitors of all ages. The fortress is easily accessed by ferry from the Helsinki Market Square all year round. Around 800 people live in Suomenlinna.

Suomenlinna island, Helsinki
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Kiasma breaks the barriers of traditional art museums with exhibitions that provoke and invite debate. The building itself is a work of art.

Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
Restaurant Bassi

Lobster, mussels, shrimp, oysters and other seafood - plus fresh fish and tasty meat and veggie dishes. Restaurant Bassi Helsinki is the newest addition to fish and seafood restaurants in the heart of the city. Bassi's line is fun dining - meaning joyful, social eating and good customer service. The star of the menu is the seafood platter, which is perfect for sharing with friends. Bassi offers lunch, relaxed bistro dishes, seafood dishes and menus. There's also a stylish cabinet for groups.

Eteläesplanadi 22, 00130 Helsinki
Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki

Fantastic food takes center stage at Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki. The kitchen serves up classic American cuisine fused with local Finnish flavors. Keep it simple with juicy Legendary® Burger, or discover a new flavor with our house-made entrees. Whatever you choose is sure to be legendary.

Aleksanterinkatu 21, 00100 Helsinki
Design District Helsinki

Design District Helsinki is the creative core of Helsinki, a Unesco Design City. It's a network of over 200 locations from design stores to fashion and antique boutiques, art galleries, design hotels, restaurants and cafes. Its 25 spread through the neighbourhoods of Kamppi, Punavuori, Ullanlinna and Kaartinkaupunki. Design District Helsinki is easily reachable by walking - to find your way, pick up your map from tourist informations, design shops or your hotel, or check it online from the website.

Kamppi, Punavuori, Kaartinkaupunki, Ullanlinna
Lapuan Kankurit Store & Studio

Lapuan Kankurit is a jacquard weaving mill, where weaving skills and material knowhow have been refined into excellence for decades. Knowing every step from thread to product is of utmost importance to Lapuan Kankurit.. In the weaving mill's flagship store you will find a wide selection of linen and wool products and other interesting, delightful lifestyle items– buy them for yourself, as a gift or to remind you of your visit to Helsinki.

Katariinankatu 2, 00101 Helsinki

Arriving in Helsinki

Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world. By plane - Around 200 international flights a day arrive at Helsinki Airport, which is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. You can also take a taxi, the Finnair airport bus or the Ring Rail Line train to the Central Railway Station. A taxi to city centre costs approximately 45 euros. By train - There are excellent train connections from Helsinki to all major towns in Finland as well as to Lapland. There is also a daily train service to St. Petersburg and Moscow. The Central Railway Station is a landmark unto itself in Helsinki. By bus - Buses from all around Finland arrive to the central bus station, from the largest cities approximately every hour. By ferry - There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia, Sweden and Germany. All these ferry companies offer the possibility to take a car with you. There is also ship connection between Helsinki and St. Petersburg, (no cars permitted).,,,, Passenger Terminals: Hansa Terminal, Vuosaari Harbour Provianttikatu 5 00980 Helsinki Katajanokka Terminal Katajanokanlaituri 8 00160 Helsinki West Terminal 1 Tyynenmerenkatu 8 00220 Helsinki West Terminal 2 Tyynenmerenkatu 14 00180 Helsinki Makasiini Terminal Eteläranta 7 00130 Helsinki Olympia Terminal Olympiaranta 3 00140 Helsinki

Public Transport

With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, busses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna – why not to try for instance a sightseeing tour on tram routes 2 and 3. Single tickets must be purchased in advance from ticket machines or sales points. From bus drivers you can buy tickets when entering the bus. Day tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1-7 days. They can be purchased from ticket machines, from the Tourist Information or from the Helsinki City Transport service point in the Central Railway Station. One day ticket is also sold by the drivers. Regional tickets allow the holder to travel freely in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa. Regional tickets and regional tourist tickets can be purchased eg. from ticket machines. Some Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) buses and trams offer free wireless internet access. Look for the WLAN sticker on the front window or door of participating buses and trams. Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation within the city. Helsinki Region Transport Journey Planner: Find the quickest route from A to B