Helsinki is an European capital with a real creative and forward-thinking vibe to it that you won't feel in many other cities. Here are a number of places that you need to visit during your stay for the Palladium Nights Festival!
You can't miss Helsinki’s giant cathedral. It towers over the surrounding square and inspires everyone a few “wows.” Make sure to check the inside of the church and take a few pictures of one of the finest buildings in Scandinavia. See it on a map here!
This large red church is hard to miss, as it sits on a hill overlooking the city. This Eastern Orthodox church is massive and very impressive with its large domes and gold crosses. The interior is lavishly decorated too, with typical Eastern Orthodox icons. See it on a map here!
Right down by the harbor is a market where you can do lots of souvenir shopping, eat some local food, and buy fresh vegetables (and lots of fresh berries in the summer). This place is usually swarming with tourists as well as locals. There’s also a covered portion of the market where you can find pastries, fish, meat, and cheese. Eat at the Soup Kitchen if you’re hungry (have the seafood soup). See it on a map here!
When heading from Central Market down Pohjoisesplanadi Street, this park seemed like a popular place to spend a lunch hour. This long park is a good place to relax; there are a number of street musicians around and a few eateries nearby. See it on a map!
National Museum of Finland
If you are up for museums, then we definitely recommend this one. It has a large collection of artefacts, does a good job of providing lots of detail, moves the story along chronologically, and everything has a decent description so you know what you are looking at. We highly recommend this museum. It’s fantastic!
South from the city center is a nice little residential park worth hanging out at. There are a lot of little coffee shops around, so you can grab a snack and just relax. After a day of walking around so much of Helsinki, you’ll probably need it.
The Island of Suomenlinna
You can spend half a day walking around this old bastion fort. It was first constructed by the Swedes in 1748 as a defense against the Russians. And when the Russians took over Helsinki in 1808, they used it as a garrison. It was eventually taken over by Finland in 1918, and it’s now a park and functioning residential area. There are a lot of interesting buildings here, a lovely walking tour, and some out-of-the-way beaches and parks. Lots of Finns come here to hang out during the summer and relax. I think it’s a perfect place to walk around or have a picnic.