Helsinki is a vibrant city known for its design and architecture. Located by the sea with more than 300 islands, easily reached by ferries or bridges, offers stunning views any time of the year. With hundreds of events every year, there´s always something on the agenda. In the summer Helsinki hosts many festivals and week-long events. Helsinki has also become an exciting destination for foodies with its many restaurants and ever evolving culinary scene.
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Easy to explore the city centre
Helsinki city centre can be easily explored by foot; everything is within walking distance. The main sights, shops, parks, most of its 80 museums, and the sea with its many attractions and possibilities. Scandic has five hotels in or very close to the city centre.
The sea is never far away when you´re in Helsinki. Visit the Suomenlinna fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is easily reached by a ferry from the city centre. Or take a sightseeing cruise and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Helsinki archipelago. In the summer, join the locals and head for one of the many beaches, islands or parks by the sea and settle down for a picnic. If you´re into some more action but are still curious about the magical nature and lakes, discover the country by car on the many routes winding throughout the land.
A showcase of Finnish architecture and design
All around Helsinki you can see examples of Finnish design. People from around the world admire these delicate details and the Scandinavian style. Helsinki is best known for its Art Nouveau architecture, which you can admire by taking a stroll in the central neighbourhoods of Katajanokka, Kruunuhaka or Eira.
The Helsinki Design District combines over 200 places of interest from galleries and museums to designer stores and cafés. The area starts from Kamppi, near our hotels Scandic Simonkenttä and Scandic Marski, and extends to Punavuori and Kaartinkaupunki.
The cool and quirky parts of town
The old working class neighbourhoods of Kallio and Punavuori have become the places to go – for different reasons and crowds. Kallio boasts many bars, cafes and second hands shops. Punavuori is part of the Design District Helsinki with many restaurants and designer shops and galleries.