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Helsinki Travel Guide  

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Info about Helsinki

Area:
715 km2
Elevation:
17 m
Overview

Helsinki is a modern European cultural city with a population of over half a million, whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature. Surrounded by the sea and its own exotic archipelago, Helsinki offers visitors an endless number of possibilities.
Throughout its 450-year history, Helsinki has existed in the crosscurrents of the East and West. The colorful layers of history can be seen everywhere. The sea and islands are important components of the city centre's expression. All in all, there are 315 islands off the 98-km shoreline.
The National Opera will wonderfully intrigue friends of the opera and ballet. Classical music can in turn be digested at the Finlandia Hall and the House of Culture. All three buildings are also classics of Finnish architecture.

Time zone:
UTC+2
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Overall rating

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Reviews Helsinki

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Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Sate your appetite Helsinki's restaurants offer everything from Michelinstarred haute cuisine to Tex-Mex. Be sure to try out also some traditional Scandinavian food, Russian dishes or any number of ethnic and international restaurants. The Helsinki Menu offers a... more taste of true Finnish food culture. A wide range of clubs and bars offers a choice of atmospheres and price levels. Pub-crawlers should also check out the Kallio district near the centre. There is no shortage of special events either, such as the Koneisto Festival of Electronic Music, the Tuska Festival for heavy music and the fortnight-long Helsinki Festival. Unique lifestyles and urban subcultures are all a part of this international metropolis. Quality shopping Finnish designer products are a must for the serious shopper and can be found at, for example, Ril's, Vuokko Nurmesniemi's and Marimekko's boutiques. Unique Finnish jewellery can be admired and purchased at Kalevala Koru's and Tillander's fi ne establishments. Designer products and furniture are available at Skanno, Emporium and Design Forum Finland, as well as smaller designer boutiques along the side streets of Helsinki. Pedestrian paradise The majority of Helsinki's cultural establishments and sights are situated within walking distance of the city centre. Art museums, such as the Ateneum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, are just a stone's throw from the Senate Square and the best shopping streets. Helsinki's excellent public transportation makes it easy to reach sights and destinations further afield. Speciality Suomenlinna is one of the world's largest maritime fortresses. Built in the 1700s on six islands off the shore of Helsinki, the garrsion town is one of the most popular sights in Finland. Suomenlinna has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Suomenlinna offers an unforgettable experience for all ages, with museums, special events, idyllic cafes and cosy restaurants. Children will have a great time exploring the many tunnels of the old fortress. It is good to reserve at least half a day for a visit to Suomenlinna. The vast fortress is best explored on foot, so prepare for some hiking with good shoes and a windbreaker. Ferries and waterbuses depart for Suomenlinna from the Market Square three times an hour during summer. The trip takes fifteen minutes. The municipal ferries accept the Helsinki Card and regular public transportation tickets.
anna
Overall rating 8
Overall Guide : I like Helsinki the best. It has a brilliant department store called Stockman that is in the town and it has everything example manicure, supermarket, brilliant drinks and for kids there is an amazing drink called Trip and grandi and... more amazing apple pie. In winter you can go there and go sking and at summer you can go in the sauna and swimming in the lake and if you go in town you can drop your laguages. And go to adventures forest to have a long walk or go sking or ride some reindeers or pony's. There is an amazing cathederal and beautiful harbour.
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : very small
Tammi
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Lovely city. Great food. Great shopping. Great people. I want to visit again, soon.
Mikael Neville
Level 18     2 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends, Family
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Helsinki is a nice city that is a great place to visit for a relaxing vacation. There is no need to rent a car, as public transportation is abundant and the city is very pedestrian friendly. There is no need... more to know Finnish, everyone is more than happy to speak English! Be sure to enjoy Kauppatori for cheap and delicious food. However, stay away from pizza while in Finland.
Not to be missed Suomenlinna Castle , Kauppatori
Alice Bottaro
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Couple
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Take a trip to Porvoo, a small traditional village very close by. Take a trip to Tallinn, there are ferries that connect the two Cities. A trip to the parks armed with sausages, there are barbecues everywhere where you can... more cook them. A visit to the sauna and a swim in the lake.
prcpf
Level 14     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 8
Overall Guide : simply go
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