Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea. In 2012 Helsinki was the World Design Capital and celebrated its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland. In 2014 Helsinki was awarded City of Design status as part of the Creative Cities Network established by UNESCO.
In Helsinki you can sense the proximity of the sea everywhere, as the city has over a hundred kilometres of shoreline and around 300 islands in its archipelago. Maritime attractions are a must in the summertime. The majestic shoreline, archipelago, parks, forests… Helsinki is one of the few capital cities in the world where nature is so close, even in the heart of the city!
Being the capital of Finland, it should be no surprise that Helsinki has some great public saunas – both traditional neighbourhood saunas and brand new design saunas. There’s no better way to get to the heart of the Finnish identity!
In addition to the tournament, you can get to know, for example, the bustle of the Market Square, experience the summer days in Esplanadi Park and shop for souvenirs for your loved ones’ back home. In your cultural tour of the city, you should at least include the Ateneum Art Museum, the Helsinki Cathedral and a short ferry ride over to Suomenlinna which lets you flawlessly combine history with an enjoyable picnic lunch. You can visit places in the city like the Hietaniemi beach, a popular young people’s destination, and the legendary swimming pool at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. With the HSL travel card, you can easily get all around the city.
Helsinki’s locals are extremely open and hospitable, and most speak English fluently. Visiting Helsinki is always a pleasure. There are no great traffic jams, the public transport system is amazing, cycling is easy, and the locals are only too happy to help you make the most of your visit!