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Things to do in Helsinki

Whether you’re looking for relaxation, culture, great shopping or vibrant nightlife – the choice of things to do in Helsinki will meet every holiday need. Discover everything that this dynamic city has to offer, or simply unwind at a sauna and spa.

Take in the striking architecture and explore beautiful parks, or wander around an array of excellent museums on cultural holidays in Helsinki. Pick up souvenirs at bustling open-air markets or shop at iconic malls. Sample innovative Finnish cuisine and soak up the atmosphere at cool clubs and cocktail bars. Alternatively, just relax on the beach or with spa pampering.

Helsinki shopping

Helsinki shopping

Sample tasty traditional treats while shopping for souvenirs among the pleasant bustle at Hakaniemi Market Hall. Visit the iconic Stockmann or vast Sokos department stores on renowned Mannerheimintie street. Discover a host of big-brand clothing stores on Aleksanterinkatu, or browse the famous Finnish design outlets around the Esplanade.

Cultural Helsinki

Cultural Helsinki

Visit the remarkable World Heritage Site fortress on Suomenlinna Island. Take in magnificent Helsinki Cathedral and beautiful Senate Square. Explore the cobbled alleys and quaint boutiques of Porvoo Old Town. Or stroll around glorious Sibelius Park, stopping to admire the striking monument designed in tribute to Finland’s most famous composer.

Eating out in Helsinki

Eating out in Helsinki

Sample traditional Finnish cuisine and sip juniper berry-infused ‘sahti’ at quirky Zetor. Wander around the fascinating Design District before stopping for a bite to eat at the charming French bistro-style Café Balzac. Dine on gourmet Nordic dishes at Olo, or treat yourself to lavish Michelin-starred dining at Chez Dominique.

Helsinki nightlife

Helsinki nightlife

Choose from a staggering selection of elegant beverages at the ultra-stylish A21 Cocktail Lounge. Groove to the live music or watch sports events on the big screen at Club Liberté. Or get a new experience at each of the six bars that form Kalle, one of Helsinki’s most popular nightspots.

Beaches in Helsinki

Beaches in Helsinki

Stretch out on the golden sands of Hietaniemi beach, just minutes from stunning Sibelius Park. Watch the colourful Viaporin Tuoppi regatta unfold from the shores of Suomenlinna Island. Relax on tranquil bays at Seurasaari (includes a nudist area), or wander around the traditional wooden cottages at the Open-Air Museum.

Helsinki experiences

See the highlights of Helsinki with these terrific experiences

Helsinki Card.

Get the most out of your break in the Finnish capital with the Helsinki Card. Giving you free travel on all public transport plus free entrance to all major sights and museums – it really is an essential for any visitor to the city. The Helsinki Card comes with a complete guidebook to all the included attractions and excellent maps of the city. It also offers great value discounts on the Finnair airport bus, tours, restaurants, entertainment and much more.

Helsinki Audio City Tour.

Helsinki Audio City Tour

Discover and learn about the essential sights of Helsinki on this self-guided Audio City Tour. Listen on your headphones to a commentary in a choice of 12 languages, accompanied with sound effects to bring the history of the city to life. Take in the historic centre, including beautiful Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Opera House and Finlandia Hall. Your tour ends at the remarkable Sibelius Monument, or whenever possible, at Temppeliaukio Church – the ‘Church in the Rock’.

Helsinki Sightseeing Tour.

Helsinki Sightseeing Tour

See the highlights of Helsinki on this introductory sightseeing tour, with live commentary from your knowledgeable guide. Perfect for first-time visitors, it is a great way to get acquainted with this beautiful Nordic city. Take in the historic centre, including impressive Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. Your tour ends at the remarkable Sibelius Monument, or whenever possible, at Temppeliaukio Church – the ‘Church in the Rock’.

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