Port of Helsinki
Helsinki Cathedral in the twilight
Harakka Island off Helsinki coast
Houses in Suomenlinna
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
The Finnish capital Helsinki is situated directly by the sea. The comparatively small harbor town has everything that is expected to find in a pulsating metropolis while creating a smooth transition between urbanity and nature.
Discover the region
Helsinki, which is also called “the daughter of the Baltic Sea”, was founded in 1550 by the Swedish king Gustav Vasa. For 600 years, the city had belonged to the Swedish Kingdom before it became part of Finland, initially under Russian leadership.
Travelling in Helsinki
Senate Square, Market Square and Esplanade Park form the historical city center. It is surrounded by strolling miles with shopping facilities and street cafes. Enjoying fresh Korvapuustis, delicious cinnamon buns and a cup of hot Kahvi (coffee), you can sit and watch the hustle and bustle of the city.
Helsinki consists of different districts, which can be conveniently explored by bike. Those who prefer it the comfortable way can take the old Helsinki tram with its green wagons. Tram lines 2 und 3 pass the important sights and you can get on and off the tram at any time.
Nature in and around the Finnish capital
Framed by bays, skerries and islands, the affinity with the sea is still clearly recognizable today. More than 300 islands are located in the archipelago off the 123 km long coastline of Helsinki. One can see these islands even from the city area as the coast is never more than 10 km away from any place in Helsinki.
Some of the islands can be reached by ferry at regular intervals. Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, which was a naval base during the 18th century, is nowadays a popular destination.
Cuisine in Helsinki
Helsinki is known for its diverse gastronomy scene. Finnish specialties or new interpretations of local classic dishes are served as well as international delicacies. One can literally taste the closeness to the sea and the extensive forests of Finland as the main ingredients of regional Finnish cuisine are fish, game, mushrooms and berries.
Numerous design shops, galleries and museums attract people to the World Design Capital. Many furniture designers, whose creations are well-known far beyond the country’s borders, come from Finland. The design is as creative, unconventional, casual and tolerant as the Finnish lifestyle, which you can feel at every corner of the capital.
The lively Finnish nightlife offers the best chances to come into contact with the locals. A visit to the numerous clubs and bars is the easiest way to get to know the Finns who are otherwise rather reserved. Good live music and cool drinks let the evening pass quickly.
The favorite leisure activity of the Finns is going to the sauna. With its impressively high sauna density, Finland is the number one among the sauna countries. Almost everywhere you have the possibility to visit a sauna, be it in the city or in a log house by the lake. The term “sauna”, by the way, is one of the few Finnish words that has become internationally acceptet.