Helsinki Travel Summary

Helsinki is the capital of Finland is also known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic’. It is one of the most diverse areas in Europe. This wonderfully green city is surrounded by sea and a vast archipelago.  Sweden’s King Gustavus Vasa founded Helsinki on the mouth of Vantaanjoki River in 1550 to compete with Tallinn for Baltic Sea trade.


The Helsinki Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Helsinki:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful city;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!


1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful city:

Awarded with City of Design status by Unesco, Helsinki is a modern city that boasts world class design, unique gastronomy and maritime appeal.  The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands and many of the islands which can be reached by regular ferries. The fortress of Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular sights. It is only a 15-minute ferry ride away from Helsinki Market Square.  The capital of Finland is a compact city easily explored on foot and is famous for design, buildings, coffee culture, boutiques, museums, great night life, bright summer nights and a great atmosphere.


Finland is famous for its design prowess and you can explore 35,000 designer objects which are on display at the Design Museum which will provide you with oversight of how and why Finland has become so famous for its design.

Helsinki’s esplanade is a wonderful place to take a summer stroll. Here, the air is fresh and clean, the shopping is enticing and the cafés and street vendors always have something delicious to offer. During warmer months, music from the local bandstand fills the air and the atmosphere is buoyant and festive.


2. What to See:

Helsinki Cathedral

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Helsinki Cathedral is one of the most famous sights on the Helsinki skyline
  • The cathedral is a great example of neoclassical-style architecture and features ornate façades and impressive Corinthian pillars
  • The current cathedral was built between 1830–1852
  • There are Twelve Apostles on the church’s roof measuring 3 metres tall


Esplanadi Park

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Esplanade is an oasis of green, colloquially known as Espa, is an esplanade and park in Helsinki, situated between the Erottaja square and the Market Square
  • Two avenues lined with neo-Renaissance houses and luxury designer boutiques border a vast quad of tree-planted lawns
  • The Esplanade is a popular venue for outdoor concerts and events


Uspenski Cathedral

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Uspenski Cathedral is one of the most beautiful remnants of the Russian influence in Finland
  • Completed in 1868, the Cathedral is the largest orthodox cathedral in northern and western Europe
  • Check out the Golden cupolas and beautiful paintings




AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Just a 15-minute boat trip from Helsinki is this UNESCO World Heritage site built by the Swedes in the mid-18th century
  • There are is plenty to see on this cluster of islands packed with museums, bunkers and fortress walls, restaurants and cafes and Finland’s only remaining WWII submarine


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Seurasaari Open Air Museum

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Seurasaari Open Air Museum was established as a folk park in 1956, is one of the major attractions for tourists.
  • The park also features 87 historical wooden buildings from different parts of Finland
  • You will find actors wearing traditional clothing and showing you the ways of a bygone time


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