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About Helsinki

The capital of Finland, Helsinki occupies a peninsula and a group of islands on the Baltic Sea. With its mixture of modern architecture and neoclassical buildings, Helsinki is the coolest of all Nordic cities. The visitor can enjoy its numerous fashionable bars and restaurants, and a bounty of museums, art galleries and sports’ centres. Typified by the Kallio district of eastern Helsinki, the downtown area is vibrant and cosmopolitan.

Quick Guide to Helsinki

  • Must Know: International visitors arrive at Helsinki – Vantaa airport, 17 kilometres north of the capital.
  • Must See:In Market Square, visitors can hunt for souvenirs and enjoy fresh food from open-air stalls. It is also the starting point of tours to the Suomenlinna, a maritime fortress on the Susiluodot islands.
  • Must Do: Enjoy traditional Finnish food at the Savel bistro in Kallio.
  • Did You Know: King Gustav I of Sweden founded the Finnish capital in 1550. Because of this recent origin, all of the main streets are laid out in a grid and this makes getting around the city easy for visitors.

Travel to Helsinki

From Helsinki-Vantaa airport you can travel by train, bus or taxi to the city. Shuttle bus services and car hire are also available. Helsinki-Malmi airport is about 5 kilometres northeast of the city. Visitors can travel from there by taxi, a service that must be booked in advance. Alternatively, Helsinki Region Transport runs regular bus and train services between the airport and the city.

Traveling around Helsinki

Local trains operate from Helsinki Central railway station, which includes connections to Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Buses, trams and an underground metro system also serve the city until after midnight. By day, the best way to see Helsinki is by foot and visitors can enjoy free walking tours, every weekend all year round. The best place to stay is Kallio, which is within easy reach of Market Square.

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