• 12 reasons to visit Helsinki (c) Lauri Rotko

12 reasons to fall in love with Helsinki

Helsinki offers a wide range of experiences throughout the year. We've collected a list of 12 reasons why you should visit Helsinki.

1. Design everywhere

Finland’s world-renowned modern design heritage can be seen everywhere in Helsinki. Famous brands like Marimekko, Iittala, Artek and Arabia are a cool part of everyday life here. There’s no way you can miss them and other great design!

Design can be found in Helsinki everywhere (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

2. Urban nature a step away

The majestic shoreline, archipelago, parks, forests... Helsinki is one of the few capital cities in the world where nature is so close, even in the heart of the city!

Urban nature is an essential part of Helsinki (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

3. Sea all around you

In Helsinki you can sense the proximity of the sea everywhere, as the city has over a hundred kilometres of shoreline and around 300 islands in its archipelago. Maritime attractions are a must in the summertime!

Sea surrounds Helsinki on three sides.(c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

4. Innovative and active food culture

Enjoy delicious local food from fresh seasonal ingredients, treat yourself out to a meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant, attend one of the many popular food events and satisfy your appetite at a pop-up restaurant! Helsinki is delicious all year round.

Helsinki is city of innovative and active food culture (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

5. Unique architectural layers

The cityscape in Helsinki harmoniously combines elements of Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Alvar Aalto and contemporary architecture, offering a fascinating journey through the changing styles of past centuries.

Discover the architectural sights of Helsinki (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

6. Great events all year round

Over 3000 events are held each year in Helsinki, and the thriving community oriented urban culture has inspired many innovative and popular happenings such as the world-famous Restaurant Day. Find out what's going on in the city during your visit.

Helsinki is filled with lively events throughout the year. (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

7. Enchanting neighbourhoods

Venture beyond the city centre and discover all the fascinating districts, each one more delightful than the next! There’s plenty to see and experience in Kruununhaka, Punavuori, Kallio, Vallila and Arabia in particular.

Getting around in Helsinki is easy (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

8. Friendly and helpful locals

Helsinki’s locals are extremely open and hospitable, and most speak English fluently, so don’t be afraid to ask us for advice. We’d love to tell you about Helsinki’s greatest secrets! Check out also local bloggers' tips for experiencing the city.

Ask a local for their tips for experiencing Helsinki (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

9. Urban saunas

Being the capital of Finland, it should be no surprise that Helsinki has some great public saunas – both traditional neighbourhood saunas and brand new design saunas. There’s no better way to get to the heart of the Finnish identity! Discover the urban sauna culture of Helsinki.

The urban sauna culture is an experience you shouldn't miss in Helsinki. (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

10. Quality shopping and souvenirs

Helsinki has countless boutiques and larger shopping emporia that are packed with highly desirable Finnish design and international brands, as well as unique Finnish delicacies. Treat yourself and bring home a slice of Helsinki with you!

Helsinki has countless boutiques packed with Finnish design. (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

11. Seasonal splendour

No matter what time of year you visit Helsinki, you will always experience something new. Summer, autumn, winter and spring all dress the city in different clothing and offers lots of unique experiences.

No matter what time of year you visit Helsinki, you will always experience something new. (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

12. Compact and functional

Visiting Helsinki is always a pleasure. There are no great traffic jams, the public transport system is amazing, cycling is easy, and the locals are only too happy to help you make the most of your visit!

Helsinki is a compact and functional capital. (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki

Updated 25/02/2016