Situated on the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki faces the Baltic Sea. It is the capital city of Finland with a rich historical and cultural background. The picturesque outdoors here are best explored on foot or on a bike. The Neo-Classical architecture of the city and its long boulevards attract tourists to it. Tour the Mannerheimintie Street to spot the clock tower of the Central Railway Station. It is a popular rendezvous spot. A lively district, it is dotted with restaurants and shops. Some other highlights here include the Parliament building and the statue of Marshal Mannerheim - the most famous person in Finnish history. The Finnish National Museum of Art is also a must-visit. The tall spire on the National Museum makes it easy to spot. Visit it to learn of Finnish history from the Stone Age till present times. Climb the tower in the Helsinki Olympic Museum for a magnificent view of the city. The walking trails of the Central Garden in Helsinki will help you reconnect with Nature.
Some Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Helsinki
Where to Shop
There are ample shopping opportunities in Helsinki if you are looking for some retail therapy. Head to the Helsinki Design District to check out Lokal - it showcases the work of Finnish designers and artists. Finnish ceramics are famous for their finish and designs. Visit Arabia, a district which specialises in these products. The open-air markets in Helsinki are fun venues where you can check out the local food, souvenirs and handicrafts. The flea market at Hietalahti Market Square is a summer event. You can visit departmental stores like Galleria Esplanad at the city center for designer goods.
What to Eat
If you are a foodie, Helsinki will satisfy your taste-buds. Try the Runeberg Torte, a rum cake topped with jam and icing. The Pea Soup is a traditional soup consumed on Thursdays. Sample the silli, a preparation of herrings (from the Baltic) with potatoes. Grillimakkara (grilled sausage) is a dish popular with the locals during the summers. Have your afternoon tea with pulla or the local cinnamon buns. The Lingonberry Pies are prepared with berries and available at most bakeries.
A Few Finnish Words
The locals in Finland mostly speak Finnish. Brush up on a few phrases in Finnish before landing in Helsinki.
• Thank You:
• Where is the toilet?:
Missa on vessa?
• Where can I find a taxi?:
Mista loydan taksin?
• How much does it cost?:
Paljonko se maksaa?
Dos and Don’ts
• The Finnish people are welcoming of visitors. Be courteous.
• Do not visit anyone without a prior appointment.
• Use the silverware. Even for finger-food.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency Services: 112
• 24-hour Chemist : +35830020200
• Fire: 112
• Police: 112
• Ambulance: 112
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Helsinki?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Helsinki is Scandinavian Airlines
• What is the time zone used in Finland?
The standard time zone of Finland is GMT + 2 hours.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Helsinki?
From London to Helsinki, the most popular airlines are British Airways
and Scandinavian Airlines.
• What is the shortest time for a London to Helsinki flight?
The shortest time for a direct London to Helsinki flight is 2 hours and 55 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Helsinki?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Helsinki are the Central Park, the Finnish National Museum, the Helsinki Olympic Museum and the Mannerheim Street.
• What is the currency of Helsinki?
The currency of Helsinki is Euro.
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