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Helsinki

Introduction

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and has a population of around 1 million in the metro area. Like most of Scandinavia, the population generally speak very good English making communication no problem. Helsinki is a lively and cosmopolitan city and is a great place for a city break. It is a good option to combine a trip to Helsinki with a trip across the Baltic to Tallin in Estonia.



Getting there

Air: Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport is 15kms north of the city. The cheapest way into the city is by public bus from outside the terminals.

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Ferry: This is a popular way to get to Helsinki with connections to Sweden, Estonia, Russia and Germany.

Accommodation

Helsinki has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out Expedia City Break Hotel Deals. Alternatively look at Hotels.com City Break Hotel Deals.

What to See and Do

Helsinki's numerous attractions include the following:

Islands: Helsinki city centre is surrounded by an archipelago. This beautiful group of islands can be visited on a cruise or by ferry. Don't miss Suomenlinna which is a sea fortress and is a significant piece of military architecture. The site is considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Lutheran Cathedral: The Cathedral is a well known Helsinki landmark and towers over Senate Square in the city centre. The church is open daily with no admission charge.

Serena Water Amusement Park: This large water park has over 2000m of heated indoor pools. A popular choice for the kids.

Sibelius Monument: A popular tourist attraction, this monument to the great composer Jean Sibelius is a must see when in Helsinki.

Getting Around

A good option for the tourist is the Helsinki Card which gives unlimited use of public transport in the city. Available for 1, 3 or 5 days, the card can also be used to access museums at a cheaper rate.

Tram: Tram 3T is the best for the tourist as it travels round the heart of the city.

Buses: An extensive bus network covers the city if you need to travel to the suburbs.

Ferry: The ferry to Suomenlinna leaves from Market Square and is a great way to see the islands on a summers day.

Taxis: Although convenient, taxis are an expensive way to get around Helsinki.

Bike: Helsinki is a cycle friendly city with an extensive network of routes. Bikes can be hired in the city centre.