Founded in 1550, Helsinki is the largest city in Finland, and has been the nation’s capital since 1812. Helsinki, the World Design Capital for 2012, sits at the edge of the Baltic. Today, the city retains the feel of a small town, while at the same time being an international metropolis. The nature surrounding the area blends perfectly with high-tech and modern achievements.
The city of Helsinki is best visited during the summer, when tourists can get the full impact of the blend between the nature and the city itself. The city’s more classical sights are divided into churches and museums; however,
there are various parks and festivals that are also worth a visit. Some of the most popular historical places to visit are the Suomelinna, which is not just a museum but houses a multitude of restaurants, cafes, sprawling houses, museums and theatres, the Luthernan Cathedral, the large, unofficial symbol of the city, The Church of the Rock, a church literally dug out from rock and the Old Church of Helsinki, which is oldest surviving church in the city.
Helsinki also features a wide variety of unique and interesting museums including the Helsinki City Museum, which covers a large series of old buildings in the city, the Heureka Science Museum, which lets you do science tests
as well as features a souvenir shop, the Submarine Vesikko, which is actually one of the only surviving submarines, out of five, from its service during the 1939-44 wars in the Finnish Navy and the Mannerheim Museum, which contains the actual home of the Finnish Marshal Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim as well as his memorabilia collected during his life and travels.
Tourists can also visit one of the many parks located around the city, including Esplanadi Park, Toolonlahti, Central Park, Alppipuisto, Sinebrychoffin puisto and the Kaivopuisto, all located around, near or in between popular entertainment or historical sites.
Other popular places in Helsinki to visit are the Sibelius Monument, a unique sculpture resembling organ pipes, the Parliament House, Finland’s two hundred parliament house, Finlandia Hall, which is a popular venue for congress as well as concerts and Korjaamo Cultural Factory, which is made up of a theatre, a club space, café, bar and galleries.
The city also features various places to visit for those visiting with family and children. Helsinki has a number of amusement parks, like Serena Water Amusement Park, Flamisgo Entertainment Centre and the Hoplop activity hall for kids. Tourists can also enjoy a day at the Hietaniemi or the Aurinkolahti Beaches, or enjoy a good concert at the National Opera or Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Tourists can take walking tours and uncover the layers of history in the city by visiting in one of its endless summer months or the more adventurous cold and snowy winter nights.
Tourists planning a trip for Helsinki can look for accommodations at the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa Hotel. It is in an ideal location by the Gulf of Finland, with a beautiful view of the ocean, as well as a short distance from the city centre. The hotel is perfect for business as well as leisure travellers with its wide range of amenities and facilities.