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Helsinki
Travel Guide

Helsinki which includes a city, a bay or harbour and a marina

Visit Helsinki for its sophisticated charm and vibrant cultural scene, its beautiful buildings and its many museums and galleries.

Helsinki’s art, architecture, and cultural practices are influenced by both Western and Eastern European traditions, giving it a distinct character and singular charm. Head to Senate Square for a look at the statues and buildings of the city’s best-known public space. You’ll see the imposing Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral as well as Government Palace. Architecture and design fans will notice the work of Carl Ludvig Engel, Eliel Saarinen, and Alvar Aalto all around town. Visit the Helsinki City Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Aalto House, or the Design Museum to learn about Finnish and Helsinkian design traditions.

History buffs will want to visit the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Built by the Swedish in the 18th century, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features a museum, cafés, and even restaurants. To see artifacts from throughout the country’s history, spend a few hours in the National Museum of Finland.

Set aside at least a day to explore the city’s many art museums and galleries. Head to the Ateneum and Sinebrychoff Museums for a collection of classical Finnish and European works. For contemporary art, visit the Kiasma Museum.

Anyone looking to pick up a cool souvenir or a bite to eat should visit Old Market Hall and Market Square. For a cool atmosphere and trendy shops, explore the Design District or walk along the Esplanade. To take a break from the city, catch a ferry to one of the nearby islands. You’ll find historical houses on Seurasaari and Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari.

Helsinki is the cultural and economic hub of Finland and sits on a peninsula at the very south of the country and is surrounded by the waters of the Baltic Sea. It is a Nordic capital with a special charm, offering style, architecture, and a large number of museums and galleries.

Where to stay in Helsinki

VALO Hotel Helsinki
VALO Hotel Helsinki
4 out of 5
The price is HK$849 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hartwall Arena, Mall of Tripla and Helsinki Ice Hall. Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (159 reviews)
Epic rooftop sauna
"Absolutely amazing pool / log sauna on the roortop. That alone is well worth the stay"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

VALO Hotel Helsinki
Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Clarion Hotel Helsinki
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,117 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in Etelainen District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Harbour Terminal and Helsinki West Terminal. Stockmann and Finlandia Hall are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,453 reviews)
Perfect stay by the Baltic.sea
"Perfect stay by the Baltic sea!!! Sauna with pool amazing view... Must.recommed sky lounge"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

Clarion Hotel Helsinki
GLO Hotel Helsinki Airport
GLO Hotel Helsinki Airport
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,106 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Located in Aviapolis, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Finnish Aviation Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Flamingo Entertainment Centre and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"next to the gate in the airport, great for early departure"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2021

GLO Hotel Helsinki Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Innotelli Apartments
Innotelli Apartments
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$557 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Itainen District, this apartment building is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Fazer Experience Visitor Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Helsinki Vuosaari ...
4/5Very Good! (96 reviews)
1st night in Finland
"Very good comunication on directions to get here, checking in etc. Very clean, well appointed."

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Innotelli Apartments
Aalto Inn
Aalto Inn
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,638 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Lantinen District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Aalto University and Helsinki University of Technology. Espoo Museum of Modern ...
4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)
"Very new and immaculately clean. Right on the water next to the Radisson Blu. Nice place to walk by the water, adjacent to a large park. Comfortable coming area. Only downside was long wait time for after hours check-in. Also the kitchen was lacking some basics, like dish soap. Or at least salt an ..."

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Aalto Inn
Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
3 out of 5
The price is HK$536 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Lantinen District, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sello Shopping Centre, Terveystalo Kaari Clinic and Myyrmanni Shopping Centre. Helsinki ...
4.2/5Excellent! (375 reviews)
Been there, wouldn't mind to do it again.
"Quick booking and comfortable stay during travel."

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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