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

Ultima is a sustainable and experimental restaurant. Ingredients are Finnish and sourced as locally as possible - some of them are grown hyperlocally at the restaurant. Ultima aims for sustainable hedoism and is using most innovative food and farming technologies.

Eteläranta 16, 00130 Helsinki
Iittala Store

Finnish design-tableware. The heart of Iittala’s design philosophy is formulated along Kaj Franck’s early thinking. According to Franck, “objects should always be appropriate, durable and functional.”

Pohjoisesplanadi 23
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

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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