Finland's capital inspires with its varied architecture, the relaxed attitude to life of its inhabitants and the special closeness to nature. The "green city by the sea" is surrounded by forests, lakes and beaches and is also the political, economic and cultural center of Finland.
Attractions and sights
Only a few kilometers from the center of Helsinki lies the island of Seurasaari. The popular recreational area is also a point of attraction due to the open-air museum located here. On the museum area there are numerous historical buildings that can be visited. The island's wonderful parkland and bathing ...
The Ateneum is located in the center of Helsinki. The Finnish National Gallery at Station Square can score with an extensive art collection. In addition to the numerous works of important Finnish artists, an international collection also enriches the art museum's offerings.
Finnish National Museum
Not far from the main train station and the National Theater, the Finnish National Museum is located in the charming old town of Helsinki. The museum's exhibitions cover the history of the country from the Stone Age to the present day and a visit to the National Museum is correspondingly ...
Helsinki City Museum
The City Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the city of Helsinki. The individual experiences and everyday life of Helsinki's inhabitants are reflected in the museum's exhibited objects and photographs.
Specializing in 20th- and 21st-century Finnish art, Amos Rex is the largest private art museum in Finland. In 2018, the museum opened its doors in a spectacular new underground museum building; until 2017, the collections were housed in the Amos Andersson Art Museum.
Havis Amanda well
The Havis Amanda Fountain is located in Helsinki's market square, called Kauppatori, which is right next to the harbour. The fountain, which was not well received by Finns when it was unveiled in 1908, is now a city landmark that everyone should visit on a trip to Helsinki.
The Parliament in Helsinki
The Parliament in Helsinki is the seat of the Finnish Parliament and impresses with its unique architecture. The fourteen columns and massive floor plan make this landmark an unmissable landmark of the city.
Helsinki Botanical Garden is located in the heart of the capital and covers more than four hectares. It is one of the most popular attractions in the region and receives countless visitors from near and far all year round.
Old market hall
If you really want to get to know a country, you should definitely go on a culinary foray. Helsinki is a true paradise for gourmets in this respect, with its lively open-air markets and historic market halls. In particular, the Old Market Hall, Vanha Kaupahalli, invites you to linger with ...
Founded in 1889, Helsinki Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world. It is located on the largely unspoilt island of Korkeasaari near the centre of the Finnish capital and is open all year round. Covering an area of 22 hectares, it is home to around 150 animal species, both native ...
Mining Park Park
Kaivopuisto Park is not only the oldest but also the most famous park in Helsinki. It is surrounded by magnificent villas and embassies of the eponymous district. The rocky cliffs make it an ideal place for an excursion, as from there visitors can enjoy an incomparable view of the Suomenlinna ...
Linnanmäki Amusement Park (also known colloquially as Lintsi) opened in 1950 and is located on a hill near the centre of Helsinki. The oldest and most popular amusement park in Finland is run by the charity and children's charity Lasten Päivän Säätiö.
Sibelius Park is a relaxing and popular city park in Helsinki. It is located in the Tööölö district, not far from the sea. Its well-kept green area with partly wild growing plants, rocks and trees, especially birches, invite you to take a leisurely walk and relax.
Every half hour, the boat departs from Kauppatori marketplace to the fortress island of Suomenlinna. The mighty fortress was built in the 18th century as a defensive bulwark. It has taken over six archipelagos off the Finnish coast. Today, the fortress island is a valued recreational and museum area for ...
The Uspenski Cathedral is one of Helsinki's attractions that visitors to the Finnish capital should definitely plan to visit. Every year, more than 500,000 worshippers and holidaymakers are drawn to this special Orthodox church. Due to its central yet elevated location on the Katajanokka peninsula, the structure with its 13 domes is ...
In the middle of Helsinki's Kampii district is the "Chapel of Silence", which offers all visitors a place for peace and reflection. The chapel is located on a former field where a barracks and later the bus station were built in 1833. Today, the Narinkka Square is located on the area, ...
By car to Helsinki
There are several ways to get to Helsinki by car: with or without a ferry, via Sweden or via the Baltic States. On this page we have summarized the easiest and fastest way to get to Helsinki by car.
Guide to Helsinki
Tourists visiting the Finnish capital can reach many sights by public transport and on foot. The entire Helsinki metropolitan area, with the outlying cities of Vantaa to the north and Espoo to the west, is well connected by transport.