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Helsinki on a shoestring - budget travellers

Helsinki is filled with free attractions and events, inexpensive restaurants and affordable accommodation alternatives. Here are some tips about free-of-charge events for visitors to Helsinki.

Enjoy the silence amidst the hustle and bustle of the city: There are many fine churches in the centre of Helsinki. Most are Lutheran, but there also Catholic churches and the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe, the Uspenski Cathedral At Christmastime church concerts are extremely popular in Helsinki. Remember also to visit the Kamppi Chapel of Silence!

Free concerts at the park: The Espa Stage at the Esplanade Park offers alot of free concerts throughout the summer ranging from jazz to contemporary folk music. The Espa stage also features a one-hour concert after the guard parades that are organised on Fridays during summertime and begin at the Senate Square.

Broaden your mind and spirit: Admission is free of charge to both the Helsinki Music Centre and Alvar Aalto’s legendary Finlandia Hall. You will only need tickets if you want to see a concert too! You can also enjoy contemporary Finnish and international art at the many galleries of the city without any entrance fee. On Gallery Wednesdays, held six times a year, the participating art galleries remain open late into the evening. Most museums also offer free admission on certain days of the month.

See the city from above: You can admire the city’s silhouette from atop the free-of-charge Panorama Tower at Linnanmäki Amusement Park. See also other viewpoints in Helsinki.

Relax among the exotic plants and other green areas in Helsinki: The Winter Garden has been an invigorating meeting point for locals for the past hundred years. In addition, one third of the city consists of parks where you can admire the unique planning from different eras. In Helsinki you are never far from a park.

Taste the local delicacies: There are many open-air markets in the centre of Helsinki, and they all have their own indoor market halls as well. In addition to traditional delicacies, these market halls also sell souvenirs to handicrafts. The coffee tents outside are kept warm even on the coldest days of winter and serve great donuts and pies.

Keep fit in the green heart of the city: The nature in Helsinki offers the ideal conditions for enjoying a wide range of activities. In summertime you can swim, jog or cycle, while in wintertime you can skate or ski. The park around Töölönlahti Bay forms the green heart of the city and is a popular recreational area among locals. The jogging and walking paths are lined by charming wooden villas and modern exercise equipment.

Admire the Art Nouveau gems: Helsinki has some of the finest Art Nouveau architecture in Europe. A special brochure is available from Tourist Information to help you discover your own favourite.

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