Helsinki Attractions Guide

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Helsinki is a beautiful and peaceful capital, famous not only for its history and heritage but for its Old Town, coastline and archipelagos. The city offers a wide range of historic attractions, top museums, art galleries, tours and experiences for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

One of the most popular historic attractions in Helsinki is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Suomelinna Fortress Island, which played an integral part in the naval history and defense under Swedish, Russian and Finnish rule. A visit to this fascinating island includes a guided tour, three museums, and a submarine! Another historic landmark not to be missed is the stunning Rock Church for its awe-inspiring architecture.

Helsinki is renowned for its museums and galleries. The Old Town is a great place to while away the hours, hopping from one to the next, starting at the Ateneum, then exploring the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, which is in the area, as well.

Experience Helsinki from different perspectives - land, sea and air. The SkyWheel is an iconic feature on the city's skyline where you can take in panoramas over the city, and the Flying Cinema Tour Of Helsinki is a unique way to sightsee at speed! There are two bus tours, the Panorama Sightseeing Bus Tour which will take you on a guided commentary tour around the city, or create your own itinerary on the City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Buses (9 Apr-25 Oct) around Helsinki and see the top sights and landmarks. The Beautiful Canal Route (May-Sept) is perhaps one of the most picturesque ways to experience the city from on the majestic waters, cruising past the banks and shores.

If you’ve got kids, a trip to SEALIFE is a must where they can learn all about what lies beneath as they walk through the Ocean Tunnel! Helsinki Zoo is another popular family attraction to see the exotic animals and their natural habitats. Seurasaari Open-Air Museum is also a wonderful way to see Finland's history rebuilt.

In a nutshell, there are over 30 top Helsinki attractions included in the Helsinki Card from historic landmarks, to museums and tours - and the pass includes an extra 30 attractions and experiences at discounted prices.

Don’t forget to download the free Helsinki Guidebook to help you plan in advance!

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