I visited Finland last summer for work. Got around the capital city of Helsinki much more than I thought I would on my own. Clicked a lot of photos too, of the pristine blue skies, the cobbled streets, the charming buildings, lakes, royal and cheeky sculptures and the overall Finnish charm. Here are some of the beautiful sights of the city before they get obscure, occupying simply some space on my hard-drive. Scroll below for recommendations for popular sightseeing spots, transportation tips and read this post for all things food related in Helsinki. Here is another excellent article on “best places to see Northern lights” which features Finland since this is a phenomenon you don’t want to miss!
Finland’s capital Helsinki is one cool yet extremely underrated city amidst all European capitals. The public transportation system here is extremely efficient with the ever reliable trams being the main mode of transportation. The lines 2 and 3 are the main ones forming a continuos loop and take you through all the major attractions of the city. I used them extensively to go everywhere in Helsinki. I highly recommend going to the visitor center to grab a copy of the tram map and lines and a booklet on the major attractions in the city, which is what I did for starters. You should definitely catch a ferry to visit the fortress Island Suomenlinna, details of which can be found in this post.
There are several attractions in this beautiful sprawling city, starting from the impressive Helsinki cathedral and senate square to the Presidential palace near the water front; the tranquil gardens near the lakes and the bustling Market Hall from where you can get a bite to eat. It has been quite some time since I visited that place and so my memory has grown quite rusty. Here is an excellent map for spending a day in Helsinki, Finland where attractions are divided by districts depending on what kind of things you like to do-i.e., historic vs shopping vs nature. Special mention goes to the Museums in Helsinki where I saw some of the best exhibits of my life. The Helsinki art museum,Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Design museum are must visit for art and design lovers, specially for aficionados of the Finnish brand Marimekko.
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