Enjoy a city break in Helsinki

Helsinki is an ideal city for a relaxed holiday! Everything is near in this compact city, and moving from one place to another is quick.

The best tips for a city break

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Helsinki, known as a capital of culture, offers things to do during the whole holiday. The best-known sights and events in Finland and the constantly developing restaurant culture make the city an excellent destination for a weekend break.

Pick up the best tips for activities and a bike at our hotel reception and head to maritime Helsinki.

10 tips for a holiday in Helsinki

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1. A city full of sights
There’s plenty to do in Helsinki and the city’s attractions are a must-see for visitors. The latest and most interesting attraction is the Amos Rex museum in Kamppi.

2. A great urban landscape
The buildings in the city are sights in themselves and there’s plenty to admire in the Helsinki urban landscape. The amazing urban landscape is dominated by magnificent Art Nouveau or Jugend style buildings. It’s great fun to examine the buildings and their numerous details around town.

3. Inviting islands
Grab a picnic with you from the market square and head to one of Helsinki’s many islands: Suomenlinna, Seurasaari, Pihlajasaari, Uunisaari, Lonna or Vallisaari. The islands also have restaurants where you can enjoy sea views and delicious food.

4. Excellent shopping opportunities
It’s also a good idea to combine your visit to Helsinki with a shopping trip. Shopping centres, department stores, flea markets and the well-known Design District are full of treasures for everyone.

5. Maritime Helsinki
The city centre offers many possibilities to explore maritime Helsinki. The Allas Sea Pool spa is a unique opportunity to refresh yourself in 3 pools built into the sea. You can also see the city centre and nearby islands from the SkyWheel.

From the city centre, you can also easily travel to the unique Löyly sauna complex in Hernesaari in Helsinki.

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6. Events and festivals
Numerous events and concerts are also organised in Helsinki, so it’s a good idea to study the city’s events calendar carefully.

7. City tour on a tram
You can buy a day ticket, hop on any tram and travel around the city as you wish, getting off and on at any stops you like.

8. A holiday for the whole family
Helsinki offers numerous activities that are suitable for all ages. Head to the speedy rides in Linnanmäki, see the wild animals in Korkeasaari zoo or dive into the underwater world at SeaLife.

9. Delicacies from the markets or market hall
Helsinki has many markets and market halls that are full of delicacies. Grab a picnic and spend your day in the park or on the islands.

10. A plan for a rainy day
You should also fit in a visit to one of Helsinki’s many theatres during your holiday in the capital of culture. There are performances on both big and small stages. There are also more than 80 museumsin Helsinki. In addition to the best-known museums Ateneum and Kiasma, the city has many museums located in old manor houses.

Accommodation in Helsinki

Scandic has several hotels in the best locations in Helsinki.