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Summer in Helsinki will surprise even the most experienced travellers

PRESS RELEASE 29.4.2015

The summer season that is about to get underway in Helsinki will feature heavily the 150th anniversary celebrations of the birth of legendary Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and a wide range of other events. This summer too Helsinki will offer lots of new things to experience, while the city’s lesser known attractions can also offer unforgettable memories for visitors.

There are as many experiences of Helsinki as there are visitors and residents. Everyone who has walked the streets of Helsinki has their own favourite places, routes and discoveries. This spring Visit Helsinki has teamed up with Radio Helsinki to search for Helsinki’s secret, encouraging listeners to join in the debate and reveal their own favourite things about Helsinki.

“Helsinki is indeed like Finland’s living room, surprising visitors all the time with its new offerings and hidden gems. There are always new things to experience here for those willing to venture outside the city centre. We encourage visitors to ask for tips not only from our Tourist Information but also from our friendly local residents,” says Maarit Pitkänen, Marketing Communications Director at Visit Helsinki.

New this summer

The Sibelius 150th anniversary offers lots of opportunities to experience the story and music of the great composer in Helsinki. Numerous concerts will be held throughout the summer, including the Sibelius Finland Experience at the Helsinki Music Centre and the Sibelius Finlandia Music Show at the new Culture Salon.

Visitors can also discover the life and music of Sibelius at special exhibitions in Helsinki, including The World of Jean Sibelius at the Virka Gallery at City Hall, and along the Path of Sibelius Travel Route.

In July the 15th World Gymnaestrada will bring 21,000 gymnasts and fans from over 50 countries to Helsinki. The festival includes lots of free-of-charge performances, including in Senate Square, on the stage at Linnanmäki Amusement Park and around the Olympic Stadium.

Among the newest restaurants in the city is Meripaviljonki, which opened this April by the Eläintarhanlahti bay in the Hakaniemi district. In addition, a new restaurant and event area for up to 2500 people is planned in the Hernesaari district by the harbour. Also new this summer will be cruises aboard an exact replica of an 18th-century gun sloop that was handcrafted in Suomenlinna. Tours will be available to groups by reservation, and other events open to the public will be held throughout the summer.

As a member of the City of Design network, Helsinki is also offering plenty of new things for fans of design to enjoy. The Design District Helsinki turns 10 this year with special events including Design Orienteering, Late Night Shopping and the Design District Market. A new antique and design market will also appear this summer in the Fredrikintori market square in the Punavuori district. The summer design season culminates in September with Helsinki Design Week, which moves to a new venue at the L3 warehouse in the Jätkäsaari district.

Visitors can also stay at several new hotels in Helsinki. The Hotel Indigo Boulevard - Helsinki opened its doors already in March, while the Hotel lilla Roberts will open in August next to the Kasarmitori square in the Design District. Last October the Klaus K Skylofts opened, offering an interesting alternative in terms of the very best hotel accommodation.

Busy tourism season expected this summer

The summer season in Helsinki stretches from the beginning of May to the end of September, attracting as many tourists in five months as during the seven months of the winter season. The tourism season is expected to be busy this summer, with a growing number of overnight stays compared to last year.

“July in particularly will be exceptionally busy and even more international, as it is the most popular holiday month among domestic visitors and the peak season for visits by international cruise ships. In addition, Gymnaestrada is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors to Helsinki. As a result, Helsinki will feel exceptionally cosmopolitan,” says Tuulikki Becker, CEO of Visit Helsinki.

Appendix:
Summer 2015 highlights in Helsinki

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Helsinki Secret website: www.helsinkisecret.fi

Further enquiries:
Laura Saksala, Communications and Press Officer, Visit Helsinki, laura.saksala@hel.fi, t. +358 9 310 25855


Updated 09/06/2015