Helsinki is the capital of Finland since 1812. Also known as the “Daughter of the Baltic”, Helsinki is an international metropolis yet still remains the Nordic town style. Helsinki attracts most tourists during summer time, where restaurant and café terraces are opened and days are much longer than nights.
Below are some highlights of Helsinki, which can occupy your whole weekend.
Esplanade Park is located right in the heart of Helsinki. This central city park is a popular place for both locals and tourists to hang out. Many events are held in the park and the Espa Stage, like the Marimekko Fashion Show, Jazz-Espa concert series in July during weekdays.
The Helsinki Cathedral
The Helsinki Cathedral was designed by C.L. Engel in Neoclassical style. Built from 1830 to 1852, The Cathedral is still serving the city for congregation, university event and Sunday services. Exhibitions and concerts are often held in the crypt. Entrance is for free but tourists are prohibited during events.
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma comprises of a wide collection of arts from Finnish art, Nordic and Baltic arts as well as arts from Russia from 1960s onwards. The theaters in the museum hold drama, dance, music and multimedia performances regularly.
As part of the Finnish National Gallery, the museum also organize seminars, lectures and public discussions on frequent basis.
Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
The Seurasaari Open-Air Museum is a very interesting open-air museum in Helsinki. It showcases the traditional Finnish housing in the old days as well as the Finnish folk tradition. The building as well as the interiors in the Museum is transferred from several Finnish provinces to reflect the reality of the life of crofters, peasants and gentry living from the 18th to 20th century. You can get a real insight to the life of Finnish in the past from the museum. Guides in national costumes are available to show visitors the cottages and salons of former times during summer season.
The main shopping streets in Helsinki are Mannerheimintie, Aleksanterinkatu, both sides of the Esplanade, Korkeavuorenkatu, Fredrikinkatu and Bulevardi. You can find department stores, Finnish designer stores, interior decorating boutiques as well as international chain stores in these areas. Some of Helsinki’s best antique shops can be found along Bulevardi.
Enjoy the Nordic city break in Helsinki, Finland.
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