Helsinki: Top things to do and see
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and known for turning into a winter wonderland in the cold months of the year. However, nature is worth admiring in the other seasons as well how locals emphasize a lot. Whether it is an Open Air Museum, religious buildings, places of the government, cultural and sportive sights – there are a lot great things to do and see in Helsinki!
Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square
Helsinki Cathedral is the best-known landmark of the Finnish capital.
Indeed, it is very impressive! In front of Helsinki Cathedral is the so-called Senate Square of Helsinki. Great to enjoy views of the cathedral, but also to relax. Side note: one of the old buildings around is home of the Finnish government, another one is known for being the university. A lot to see around!
Spend some time at the harbor
This is not supposed to be stalking, but watching small ferries carrying locals to their home island is kind of interesting.
Not to forget about the ships in general and the fact that the maritime feeling is undeniable awesome!
Stroll around in the Pedestrian zone
Once having seen the harbor, inner city and thus pedestrian zone are just a stone throw away!
Small streets, huge malls, cute little restaurants, impressive buildings. Everything one whishes to glance at combined at one place!
Finlandia in Helsinki is an elegantly designed concert hall.
But not just concerts, but also other cultural events take place there. If you have the time and the money, consider to join something in there.
Walk around the stadium
Admittedly, Finland is not known for being a soccer nation, but there do exist some clubs.
This is no request to watch their training, but walking around the old Olympic Stadium may be interesting nevertheless. Nature around is lovely and the calm unbeatable as not many people are there.
Opera of Helsinki
When we went back to the hotel after having visited the stadium, we were blessed enough to discover the Opera!
Not the most impressive building in winter, but it’s always interesting how different architects solve the puzzle of perfect acoustic!
Parliament of Finland
As the government represents a country, the parliament is worth having a look at.
Personally, I loved the fact that this is one of the older buildings!
Visit Seurasaari, an Open Air Museum
Seurasaari is an island on which several exciting buildings can be seen. They represent the style of architecture which was typical for Finland in the provinces and of past centuries.
If you’re interested, you might check it out through Moritz’ running guide for Helsinki!
Indulge into nature in the Finnish capital
To our surprise, there is a lot of green (or white in winter) due to nature in the city!
So if you have a few minutes, indulge into one of the parks. Whether it is joggers, ducks or dogs – you’ll meet someone there.