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Helsinki

 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: www.myhelsinki.fi

currency

Euro, €1 = 100 cents

phone

112

newspaper

Helsingin Sanomat, Hufvudstadsbladet (Hbl), Ilta-Sanomat, Iltalehti
International edition of Finland’s leading daily newspaper: www.hs.fi/english

hours

Department stores and shopping centres are open weekdays 9am-9pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm and Sundays 12noon-6pm (9pm). Smaller shops are usually open weekdays 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm (4pm).

population

620,715

info

Helsinki Tourist Information
Helsinki railway station, Kaivokatu 1 (VR ticket office)
Tel: +358 9 3101 3300 (Mon-Sat 9-15:30)
helsinki.touristinfo@hel.fi
www.myhelsinki.fi
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm.

website

www.myhelsinki.fi
www.facebook.com/visithelsinki
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www.twitter.com/myhelsinki
www.instagram.com/myhelsinki

The City

Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West.

The archipelago that surrounds Helsinki with hundreds of tiny islands creates an idyllic environment for cruises, for example.

Over 450 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can be clearly seen in Helsinki. Finnish design has also made the country’s capital city world famous.

The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. The city centre has many beautiful parks, and the nearby forests offer an ideal setting for peaceful and quiet walks.

Helsinki’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs.

Everything is nearby – Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis that is ideal for visitors!

Tours & Activities

Go Tours Helsinki

Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing

The Beautiful Canal Route

Hop On Hop Off with City Sightseeing

Treetop Adventure Huippu

Half day tour to Porvoo

Helsinki Grand Tour

Suburb Safaris

Bus & Boat combo

Wilderness Canoeing Adventure in Nuuksio National Park

Swimming Stadium

Kumpula outdoor swimming pool

Happy Helsinki Walk

Yrjönkatu swimming hall

Design Walk Helsinki

Sustainable City Tour

Helsinki Highlights by Bikes

Day Cruise to Tallinn

Luxurious Baltic Sea Roundtrip Cruise

Helsinki Nature by Fatbike

Helsinki by Kayak

Vuosaari Paddling Center

ParisRio.com

Eckerö Line Day Cruise to Tallinn

Gastronomy Tour

Archipelago Tour

Free Walking Tour

Helsinki Urban Walking Tour

Töölöbay and its colorful history

Wine tasting on Suomenlinna islands

Mental Walk – Guided Tour In Former Psychiatric Hospital

Forest on a Bicycle

City Center Walking Tour

Escape room Exitcenter.fi Järvenpää

Royal Line Sightseeing Cruise

Royal Line Dinner Cruise

CityTour Hop-On Hop-Off Red Buses

Smuggler´s Dinner Cruise

Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Royal Line Lunch Cruise

Bus & Boat Combination

Helsinki City Pass

Triply

Guided tour at Suomenlinna

Guided tour at Vallisaari

Foxtrail

One Day in Helsinki

Cannon sloop Diana´s public sailings

Guided Smaku-walk in Porvoo

Berry picking and mushroom hunting in Nuuksio National Park

Flytour Helsinki

Helsinki Card

REDRIB Experience

REDRIB ICE EXPERIENCE

Foxtrail - Play with the city

Finnish Lakes and Forests

Planmeca Golf Areena Helsinki Oy

One Day In Helsinki

Länsi-Uudenmaan Lumo matkailu oy

Helsinki

Do & See

Helsinki is a great city to wander around in, and many attractions are located within walking distance from the town centre. But, if you need to rest your legs or maybe don’t have much time, the tram is an excellent option! It will take you around the city in an effective way and you will be able to see many interesting things along your journey.

Go Tours Helsinki

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Tori Quarters

Helsinki Cathedral

Allas Sea Pool

Löyly

Helsinki City Museum

Kunsthalle Helsinki

Didrichsen Art Museum

Military Museum´s Manege

Submarine Vesikko

Nuuksio National Park

Espoo’s islands and archipelago

Seurasaari Island

Vantaa City Museum

The Finnish Aviation Museum

Helsinki Cathedral

Temppeliaukio Church

Finlandia Hall

Porvoo

Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius

Helsinki Art Museum HAM

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Ice Park

Haltia The Finnish Nature Centre

Ehrensvärd Museum

Artsi - Vantaa City artmuseum

Lake Tuusula

Flytour Helsinki

Helsinki Archipelago

Galleria Mafka&Alakoski

Theatre Museum

The Finnish Museum of Photography

Linnanmäki Amusement Park

Uspenski Cathedral

Helsinki Zoo

Ateneum Art Museum

SEA LIFE Helsinki

Natural History Museum

Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

Vallisaari

Suomenlinna Museum

Museum Card

Musiikkitalo - The Helsinki Music Centre

Hartwall Arena

Dining

The vibrant food culture and the diverse food-related events make Helsinki a fascinating culinary destination. Whether you're interested in fine dining or street food Helsinki is a city for your taste. Join the popular food carnival Restaurant Day organised four times a year, try local specialties in HelsinkiMenu restaurants, enjoy maritime cuisine in idyllic island restaurants in the summer and stop for seasonal delicacies at the traditional market halls and market places.

Restaurant NJK

Ravintola Töölönranta

Restaurant Presto

Restaurant Elite

Roster Helsinki

Salutorget

Restaurant Nokka

The Cock

Holiday Bar

Tapahtumatalo Bank

Restaurant Meripaviljonki

Restaurant Juttutupa

Restaurant Graniittilinna

Ravintola Särkänlinna

Muru

Pastis

Finnjävel

Kitchen & Table Helsinki

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Restaurant Savotta

Restaurant Saaga

Restaurant Saslik

Restaurant Savu

Summer Restaurant Saari

Summer Restaurant Saaristo

SMAKU Porvoo

Stefan's Steakhouse

Patrona – Urban Mexican Fusion Kitchen

PurPur – Georgian Cuisine

Classic American Diner Citykäytävä

Paasin Kellari

Paasiravintola

Krog Roba

Bastion Bistro

Sue Ellen

Restaurant Savoy

Restaurant Hieta

Juuri

Macu

Cantina West

Bistro Cumulus

Kulosaaren Casino

Restaurant Kuninkaan Lohet/Kuninkaan Kartano and Vanha Viilatehdas

Team Kitchen

Cafes

Enjoy your cup of coffee in classic cafés in the heart of the city or taste the latest coffee trends in hip neighbourhoods. Choose your own favourite from the diverse cosy cafés that can be found all around Helsinki.

Mumin Kaffe

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Café Piper

Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki

City Hall Restaurant

Helsingin kaupungintalon ravintola, restaurant at the City Hall

Good Life Coffee

Cafe Regatta

Café Veranda, Finlandia Hall

Kahvila Sävy

La Torrefazione

Café Carusel

Café Ekberg

Café Esplanad

Karl Fazer Café

Sis. Deli

Café Strindberg

Café Ursula

Bars & Nightlife

A wide range of clubs and bars in Helsinki offers something for everyone in terms of clientele, atmosphere and price. Find the most popular, trendiest and cosiest bars and nightclubs in the city centre as well as in the districts of Kamppi, Punavuori and Kallio.

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Nightclub Skohan

Hernesaaren Ranta

Ateljee Bar

Apollo Live Club

Teatteri

Casino Helsinki

Cocktail Lounge A21

Kuudes linja

Siltanen

Botta/Manala

Storyville

Shopping

Helsinki offers plenty of shopping opportunities year round. Visit Tori Quarters in the historical centre of Helsinki for a variety of charming design boutiques and craft shops. Fans of Finnish design, fashion and interior decoration should head out to the Design District, situated in the heart of Helsinki.

The main shopping streets include Aleksanterinkatu, Mannerheimintie and the streets Pohjois- and Eteläesplanadi around the Esplanade park that feature several famous Finnish brands such as Iittala, Marimekko, Aarikka and Pentik.

Especially for food shopping be sure to also visit the several market squares and cosy market halls of Helsinki, such as the Market Square and the Old Market Hall at the South Harbour, the Hakaniemi indoor market and the Hietalahti Market Hall and Hietalahti Square that during summertime hosts the city's best-known flea market.

Design District Helsinki

Lapuan Kankurit Store & Studio

Shopping Centre Galleria Esplanad

Lokal

Villisilkki

Stockmann

Tori Quarters

Marimekko

Iittala Store

Karkkikauppa Sweetheart

OZ JEWEL

Kalevala Jewelry and Lapponia Jewelry Flagship Store

Accommodation

Helsinki offers plenty of choices for accommodation, from inexpensive hostels to luxury hotels. For a full list of accommodation outlets, please see www.visithelsinki.fi.

Hostel Suomenlinna

Eurohostel

Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport

Cumulus City Kallio Helsinki

Cumulus City Kaisaniemi Helsinki

Cumulus City Hakaniemi Helsinki

Cumulus City Meilahti Helsinki

Crowne Plaza Helsinki

Hotelli Seurahuone Helsinki

Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre

Holiday Inn Helsinki - West Ruoholahti

Holiday Inn Helsinki-Exhib & Conv Ctr

Hotel Indigo Helsinki - Boulevard

Clarion Hotel Helsinki

Hotel Rantapuisto

Hotel Katajanokka

Rastila Camping Helsinki

Hotel Kämp

Klaus K Hotel

Hotel Haven

Hotel Fabian

Hotel Lilla Roberts

GLO Hotel Kluuvi

GLO Hotel Art

GLO Hotel Sello

GLO Hotel Airport

Brasserie Kämp

Yume

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki

Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Original Sokos Hotel Albert

Original Sokos Hotel Pasila

Scandic Hotels

Essential Information

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 35 euros. www.finavia.fi/home

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. www.vr.fi/en

By bus - Buses from all around Finland arrive to the central bus station, from the largest cities approximately every hour. www.matkahuolto.fi/en/

By ferry - There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia, Sweden and Germany. All the ferry companies offer also possibility to take a car with you. www.portofhelsinki.fi/frontpage, www.eckeroline.fi/en, www.lindaliini.ee/en, www.tallinksilja.com/en/, www.vikingline.fi/en

Public Transport

With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, busses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna – why not to try for instance a sightseeing tour on tram routes 2 and 3. Single tickets must be purchased in advance from ticket machines or sales points. https://www.hsl.fi/en/tickets-and-fares/sales-points From bus drivers you can buy tickets when entering the bus.

Day tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1-7 days. They can be purchased from ticket machines, from the Tourist Information or from the Helsinki City Transport service point in the Central Railway Station. One day ticket is also sold by the drivers. www.hsl.fi/EN/ticketsandfares/singleticketsanddaytickets

Regional tickets allow the holder to travel freely in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa. Regional tickets and regional tourist tickets can be purchased eg. from ticket machines.

Some Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) buses and trams offer free wireless internet access. Look for the WLAN sticker on the front window or door of participating buses and trams.

Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation within the city. www.helsinkiexpert.com/helsinki_card

Helsinki Region Transport www.hsl.fi/EN
Journey Planner: Find the quickest route from A to B http://aikataulut.hsl.fi/reittiopas/en/

Tourist Information

Helsinki Tourist Information
Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 19
Tel: +358 9 3101 3300
tourist.info@hel.fi
www.visithelsinki.fi
Opening hours: 15 May-14 Sept: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm. 15 Sept-14 May: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun and public holidays 10am-4pm.

Helsinki Region Tourist Information
Helsinki Airport, Terminal 2, Arrival Hall 2
airport.info@hel.fi
Open 24-hours, desk manned daily 10am-8pm May to September and 10am-6pm and Sun 12noon-6pm October to April.

During the summer season from June until the end of August, Helsinki Helpers patrol the inner city and cruise harbours, providing tips on interesting sights, events, restaurants, shopping venues and various travel services.

Telephone

Country code: + 358
Area code: (0)9

Free WiFi in Helsinki

The city of Helsinki offers a free WLAN-service for residents and travelers alike. No passwords or registration required. Just look for "Helsinki City Open WLAN" from the available networks.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to hail in the city centre except during the busiest periods. Taxi stands are conveniently located throughout the centre.


Taksi-Helsinki
Tel. +358 100 0700 (1,17€/call +0,25€/10 seconds + local call charge)
www.taksihelsinki.fi/en


Airport Taxi Yellow Line
Tel. +358 600 555 555 (1,99 €/call+local call charge). From airport to city centre with special price.
www.airporttaxi.fi/index_airporttaxi_en.html


Lähitaksi
Tel. +358 100 7300 (1,17€/call+0,17€/10 seconds +local call charge)
www.lahitaksi.fi/en

Pharmacy

24-hour service:
Yliopiston Apteekki
Address: Mannerheimintie 96

Other pharmacies in the city centre:
Yliopiston Apteekki, Mannerheimintie 5, open daily 7am-12midnight
Apteekki Bulevardia, Bulevardi 13, open Mon-Fri 8:30am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Electricity

220 V

Flow Festival takes place in August in Helsinki.

Events

Helsinki is a lively and dynamic city with a fantastic selection of over 3,000 events held each year. The streets, parks and boutiques of Finland’s capital are filled with lively events throughout the frosty winter, the fresh spring, the easygoing summer and the cosy autumn – all the way through to the next New Year. Find out what’s on – something is sure to be happening in Helsinki all through the year!

Sibelius Finland Experience

Elämys Group

Helsinki Christmas Market

18.-20.1.2019 Matka Nordic Travel Fair

1-3.2.2019 MP Motorcycle Show

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