Helsinki City Break - Travel Tips

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In southern Finland, on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland, surrounded by a vast archipelago, with an important port on the Baltic Sea, is the capital Helsinki.

Located between Tallinn, Stockholm and St. Petersburg, Helsinki is easily accessible both by air or sea. Helsinki is a small city but it has been constructed to give the impression of space, so here you will find wide boulevards, many parks and walking paths bordering the sea.

The most visited and popular tourist attractions are:

- Fortress of Suomenlinna , entering the city is surrounded by fortress Suomenlinna, the sea prison and largest fortress in the Baltic Sea, being since 1991 in UNESCO.

- Athenaeum Art Museum, which has the largest collection of paintings and sculpture in Finland, notably the collection of works of great Finns artists ;

- Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art;

- Korkeasaari Zoo, one of the oldest in the world.

- Sibelius Monument, which depicts the famous composer Jean Sibelius and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki.

- Tuomiokirkko (Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral),

- For shopping, I recommend Stockmann Galleries, Forum Galleries and Kamppi Galleries.

- Esplanadin Park Puisto, lies between Kauppi and Swedish theater, being held concerts with free admission.

- Church on the Rock or Temppeliaukion Kirkko is made of stone blocks and a big copper and glass dome. Most times, numerous concerts are held there,    especially due to the special acoustics of the church.

- Toolonlahti Park surrounds Toolonlahti Bay; with its colorful flowers is the ideal place for relaxation.

- Seurasaari, a small island located north of downtown, full of paths and houses authentic Finnish.

- National Museum of Finland or Kansallismuseo is a classic style building with exhibits across the country.

The central part of the city form Senate Square, around which high massive buildings, the Palace of the Senate, University, university library and the church. Nicholas (built in 1830-1852). Another is the whole urban monumental Trade Square, bordered by the president's palace, the building of the Bank of Finland and the Swedish Embassy. One embodiment of modern Finnish architecture is the town theater "Kaupunginteatteri", considered the most beautiful theater buildings in Europe. Beyond lays the central residential area, inhabited by laborers and servants.

Cuisine: Fish and seafood are found in most berries of all kinds, preserved meat, cheese. Cooking salmon in the oven gasket steaming vegetables is a menu you do not want to miss in Helsinki. Cuisine is very popular with tourists because of daring combinations, fish, mushrooms and berries are present in almost all foods. Many of the traditional dishes were influential Swedish, German and Russian.



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An accommodation option would be right next to the airport at the Best Western Airport Hotel Pilotti or Eurohostel hotel, located close to downtown.



Use the tram

Tram no. 3 - crosses all the city center, having the opportunity to see the major sights, plus has wireless network!



Tourist information center

The main tourist information center is located in the central square (Market Square), on the ground floor of a building located diagonally to the port Str. Pohjoisesplanadi No. 19. Here's everything you need, from brochures, maps to qualified staff that will give you any information you need. You'll find another tourist information center right at the airport.



Money exchange

In Finland, they use euro. For exchange look at the yellow shops with the FOREX inscription. You'll find one at Central Station, at Pohjoisesplanadi near the Tourist Information Office near the Market Square or at the shopping center Itakeskus.



Use the Helsinki Card

 The card can be bought from the hotels, tourist information centers or airport and cost around 35 euros for 24 hours. There is also a card up to 72 hours.



Transportation airport to city centre

Look for white buses Finnair City Bus. The journey takes about 30 minutes, 6-7 euros. The bus leaves you in the center, then he go to Central Station and stops at Hester Park on the way to the airport.



Go by ferry to Tallinn

The trip lasts an hour and a half.

Use Linda Line - because you can buy bus tickets right from the ferry - there are buses from the port to the historic center, app 2 EUR ticket



Boat Trip!

Make a trip by boat to the Suomenlinna fortress, island Korkeasaari and Degero channel. Price around 20 euros adult/ 1 hour and a half.



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by Elley Hares

Helsinki it's a wonderful city
Posted Sep 16, 2014

Helsinki offers many opportunities to spend time; surrounded by a vast archipelago. The best time to visit the city is summer. It is certainly a destination for a weekend and not only!

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