1. Suomenlinna Fortress
Suomenlinna was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. It located in several islands about two kilometres outside of Helsinki City Center. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular tourist attractions. There is many museums in Suomenlinna (Submarine Vesikko, Toy Museum, Ehrensvärd Museum, Military Museum and Customs Museum). Take a ferry from The Wholesale Market.
2. Seurasaari Open Air Museum
The open-air museum of Seurasaari is located on a beautiful island just a few kilometres from the Helsinki Center. The Museum was founded in 1909. All the different provinces of Finland are represented in 87 well preserved old buildings. The museum is open from may to september.
Address: Seurasaari, Meilahti. Website
The Ateneum is a major museum in Finland and it has the biggest collections of classical art in Finland. The building was designed by Finnish architect Theodor Höijer in 1887.
Address: Kaivokatu 2. Website
4. Empire Helsinki
The Old center of Helsinki is designed by architect Carl Ludvig Engel in the first part of the 19th century. Engel’s Helsinki is known for Empire style (or Neoclassicism). Engel designed buildings surrounding Senate Square, including Helsinki Cathedral, The Senate (now the Palace of the Council of State), the library and the main building of Helsinki University. The enviroment of Senate Square is one of the most representative Empire-style milieus in whole Europe.
Address: Around Senate Square
5. Temppeliaukio Church
Temppeliaukio Church (“The Rock Church) is one of the main attractions in Helsinki because of its special architecture. The church hall is covered inside a rock. The church completed in 1969 and it is designed by architect-brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen.
Address: Lutherinkatu 3. Website
6. The National Museum of Finland
National Museum illustrates Finnish history from prehistoric times to the present. The building is designed by architects Eliel Saarinen, Herman Gesellius and Armas Lindgren.
Address: Mannerheimintie 34. Website
7. Nuuksio National Park
Nuuksio National Park is a big forest about 30 kilometres from Helsinki. There’s wild nature, lovely lakes, green forests, crags and swamps. The easiest ways to get know to Nuuksio is follow marked trails. In Haukkalampi you can find many trials from easy to difficult (1,5 km – 17 km).
8. WalkHelsinki’s Walking Tours
A guided tour is a great way to explore the city. WalkHelsinki has the best Helsinki guides in town. The examples of private guided tours: Finnish culture and lifestyle, Murderwalk, Trendy Kallio, The Happiest country in the world. WalkHelsinki is Helsinki Travel Award Winner.
9. Linnanmäki & Sea Life
Linnanmäki is the most popular amusement park in Finland. It was opened in 1950. Linnanmäki has almost 50 different rides of different sizes. There’s also other attractions, such as arcades, games and restaurants. Next to Linnanmäki there’s Sea Life which transports you into the amazing underwater world.
Address: Tivolikuja 1. Website
10. Löyly Sauna & Restaurant
In you want to relax in traditional Finnish way, you should try public sauna. Helsinki has only few public saunas anymore, but they are very popular. Löyly in the combination of sauna and restaurant. On a beautiful summer’s day, the terrace is the place to be and saunas are available daily.
Address: Hernesaarenranta 4. Website