Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland with around 585,000 citizens. The cities heritage as a major port is still in evidence today with former warehouses and a sea fort for visitors to explore. 

Places to visit in Helsinki

Suomenlinna - is a sea fortress built around 1748 on six islands just off shore from Helsinki. It is a World Heritage Site and popular tourist destination. There are a number of museums on the site. 

Helsinki Central Park - is a ten km long park of woodland in the city. 

Helsinki Zoo - is situated on the island of Korkeasaari which is connected to the city by a bridge. The zoo has about 200 species of animals. 

Seurasaari - is an island in Helsinki, known mostly as the location of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, which consists of old, mainly wooden buildings transplanted from elsewhere in Finland and placed in the dense forest landscape of the island.

Helsinki Cathedral - is a neo classical design and was completed in 1852. 

               Helsinki Cathedral and waterfront             Suomenlinna Fortress Helsinki  

                                      Helsinki waterfront                                                                  Suomenlinna Fortress

Government Palace -  home of the Finnish Government dates from the 1920's, guided tours are available.  

Sibelius Monument - located in Sibelius Park was erected in 1967 to the famous Finnish composer. 

National Museum of Finland - large collection of artefacts from the prehistoric to the modern day.


Kiasma - is a contemporary art museum in a contemporary building. 

Hietaniemi Beach - is a popular sandy beach in central Helsinki. 

Linnanmäki - is Helsinki's largest amusement park with 41 rides, amusements and cafes. 

Serena Water Park - a large water park in the city. 

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