Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a great city to explore on foot. You have easy access to a wonderful culture and shopping and even to large park areas, forests, lakes, and the beautiful coastline which is filled with islands. Helsinki has it all but where to go and what to do when there is so much to see and do? Our local guides have provided us with the best tips.... Enjoy!
We recommend taking a good stroll in the park around the Töölö Bay which begins in the heart of Helsinki. You should check out the wooden villas along the shores which are a reminder of Helsinki's history. The park is now a hub for culture and city events so please look if there is anything going on there whilst you are visiting the city.
Suomenlinna is on UNESCO's World Heritage list and the islands (total of 6) have only 800 residents. On the Suomenlinna you will find a fortress and its museums, restaurants and there are often held events for visitors of all ages. The islands are a popular visitor attraction, for more information on the islands and the ferry schedule, check out Suomenlinna's official site.
Do as the locals and take a dip in the beautiful Allas Sea Pool, located in the heart of Helsinki by the ocean, next to the Market Square. There is a large pool area and magnificent saunas to enjoy. This is the perfect place for wellness and if you want a few hours of relaxation, this is the place to go. The pool is open all year around but for further information on opening hours and more, check out their homepage.
If your not on a tight budget, you should eat at one of the best restaurants in Helsinki, Restaurant Aino. They are known for using Finnish seasonal ingredients and advocating traditional Finnish food, a great success with foreigners and Finns as well.
Salmon soup is a popular traditional dish in Finland, locally known as Lohikeitto. The soup is easy to make and a favorite for many. This is a must-try whilst visiting Finland.
Hotel Torni opened its doors to guests in 1931 and was, at that time, the tallest building in Helsinki. We recommend that you have a drink at Ateljee Bar, on the top floor, and when you make your way to the bathroom where you will get a wonderful view of the city.
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