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What to do in Helsinki
Helsinki, known as the “Daughter of the Baltic,” is a city bursting with art, architecture, and history. Plus with over 300 islands full of coastlines, bays, and other scenic backdrops, this capital of Finland will always have something for you, no matter what type of traveller you are.
Let loose your culture vulture and tour Helsinki’s best museums. There’s the Seurasaari open-air museum, the stunning Anteneum museum, the Finnish National Gallery, the Helsinki City Art Museum, Kiasma, and Amos Anderson Art Museum.
Check out the town’s iconic landmarks too and make your own masterpieces with your camera at Suomenlinna sea fortress, Temppeliaukko Church, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument, and Helsinki’s Parliament House.
With a vibrant and active cultural life, tickets for cultural events are quite affordable in Helsinki. So when you visit, watch the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the Music House or the UMO Jazz Orchestra.
Other island attractions in Helsinki are the sandy beaches of Pihlajasaari, which also has a nude beach for your perfect tan, and Korkeasaari for the Helsinki Zoo. And if you need a nightcap, chill out around the city centre and find a great pub like Il Birrifico and Shaker.
Experience Helsinki like the Finns do and join in on the city’s fun celebrations. Schedule your trip in January for the dazzling Lux Helsinki. Enjoy the colourful costumes and exciting performances in February’s Helsinki Burlesque Festival. Experience a world of culture at the World Village Festival, and be part of Finland’s biggest board game event at Lautapelaamaan.
When to visit Helsinki
The best time to visit Helsinki, like the rest of Finland, is during summer from early June to late August when parks are greenest and the sun is perfect for your days at the beach. December to April in Helsinki is also a lovely time to visit for a winter holiday. But if you want to score a deal, the cheapest time to fly to Helsinki is on May and November.
But the best news is that Australians like you can fly to Finland and travel to Helsinki visa-free because it’s part of the Schengen Convention. For more up-to-date info, just check out Smartraveller.
Travelling to and around Helsinki
All international flights land at the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport. Once you’ve landed, you can easily reach the city by taxi, train, and bus. Start wandering Helsinki by tram, bus, metro subway, train, ferry, taxi, and bike.
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