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Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland
Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland is filled with vibrant urban culture. After being the World Design Capital and the second most interesting travel destination according to New York Times in 2012, Helsinki has more to offer than ever.
Traditional eastern exotica meets contemporary Scandinavian style in Helsinki, where urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature. Most sights and attractions are within walking distance of the city centre, and getting around town is easy. Helsinki’s cultural life is extremely active, with over 3,000 events each year.
Helsinki’s Design District is bursting with design, interior, fashion and jewellery shops as well as galleries, museums and restaurants. The easiest way to explore the district is to join a Design Walk. The showroom and shop of Design Forum Finland, as well as Design Museum are located at the heart of the Design District. The Kamppi Chapel of Silence, showcasing Finnish know-how in wood construction, offers a place of retreat from the daily hustle and bustle. The chapel is located in the hub of the city centre. Another example of Helsinki’s restful side and new wooden architecture is the Kulttuurisauna, an urban public sauna on the seafront. Run on ecological principles and with a new type of view on Finnish sauna culture, Kulttuurisauna offers yet another memorable Helsinki experience.
The bustling city life of Helsinki is complemented by the proximity to the sea.
In summer you can crown your day by an archipelago cruise departing from the Market Square or by dining at one of the atmospheric restaurants on the islands just off the coast. Don’t miss a visit to the Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Our tip: Get a Helsinki Card and explore the whole city. The card entitles you to admission to numerous attractions, travel on public transport within Helsinki, a free city-sightseeing tour and to discounts on Design Walks during the summer.
Head to the seafront Market Square for its traditional atmosphere and to enjoy a cup of coffee with a cinnamon bun. The Market Square borders the Tori Quarters – the neoclassical city blocks of the old city centre – that have recently been revitalized by a number of new design and craft shops and inviting restaurants.
Getting to and from Helsinki
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Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Helsinki can be found.
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