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!
2. Urban nature a step away
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!