Located on the shore of Gulf of Finland, Helsinki or Helsingfors, as they say in Swedish is the capital city of Finland. Chosen as the most liveable city in the world by Monocle magazine in 2011, it is a metropolitan and the largest city in Finland. Helsinki is a city that is rich in culture and history. Famous for its designs, architecture and technology, Helsinki was chosen to be the world design capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. It’s a vibrant city that appeals all, from its beautiful sights to its cultural festivities. Even while travelling on a budget, one would not be disappointed. It is a city full of unique experiences and friendly people.
Helsinki is a unique and diverse city with beautiful buildings that showcase brilliant architecture. Among the top places to visit, Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress is one. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the largest sea fortresses in the world. The fortress offers a selection of restaurants and charming cafes and also hosts various events such as MeriViapori, Viapori Jazz and the Suomenlinna Christmas Event.
People looking to explore the culture of the place be interested in visiting the various art galleries and museums that Helsinki is famous for such as the Ateneum Art Museum which holds the largest collection of art in Finland, Kaisma Museum of contemporary art, the Kiasma Theatre which offers music, movies, debates and seminars. The Finnish Museum of Natural History is home to various exhibitions that can take the visitors on a mesmerising journey from the summery archipelago to the wintry Lapland.
For music enthusiasts, a visit to the Helsinki Music Centre is a treat. It is a state of the art acoustic concert hall that provides a wide range of musical experience to people of all ages. The Senate Square is a testament to the architectural genius of the Finnish. A unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture, it is used to host various events throughout the year. The Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, University of Helsinki and The National Library of Finland are the four buildings that dominate the Senate Square. The beautiful Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelic Lutheran Church and is even considered the symbol of Helsinki by many.
Helsinki has over 300 islands and almost a 100 kilometres of shoreline. The city’s beaches and archipelago provide a perfect opportunity for enjoying outdoor recreation, swimming and nature walks.
Helsinki is a place with good transportation and friendly people where the tourists can feel at ease. Travellers can even access free wi-fi at many popular tourist spots making it easier to search for various attractions, hotels and restaurants. Finnish and Swedish are the most commonly spoken languages in Helsinki though English is spoken as well.
Helsinki has a humid continental climate. The warmest month is June when the temperature is around 21 degree Celsius and the coldest month is January when the temperature drops to -10 degree Celsius. So It is advisable to visit during the summers when the temperature is comfortably warm.
Helsinki prides itself in its local produce of fish and meat. The cooking is inventive and playful. Among its many cuisines is Karelian pasty, a traditional Finnish dish made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. They also offer mouth watering desserts like Kiisseli, Vispipuuro and Runeberg’s tart.
This beautiful city offers a wide range of opportunities and unforgettable experiences. There ‘s no doubt that it is one of the World’s top 10 cities.