Helsinki is the capital and biggest city of Finland. It is situated on the southern coast of Finland, on and peninsula between the Gulf of Finland and The Baltic sea.
Walking tours of the city center show layers of its history, while modern architecture and cutting-edge design stake the city's claim to the future. The Helsinki Card allows unlimited travel by bus, ferry and metro. Suomenlinna Castle, the historic village of Seurasaari and the Church in the Rock present unique insights into Finnish life. Choose Helsinki during its endless summer days or get adventurous on crisp, snowy winter nights.
With its population of 500.000 people Helsinki is one of the most accessible and packed European capitals. The city was founded in 1550 by the Swedish king Gustaf Vasa like a small fishing town. The development of Helsinki started in 1812 while in Russian hands, when a German architect Carl Engel was appointed to re-design it in the current then Neoclassical style. Following the independence of Finland in 1917, and more rapidly in WWII the city was bombed by Soviet air forces, but the classic looks of it were preserved.
When you visit Helsinki it is a good idea to study the city map closely as all the landmarks and interesting spots are located in several minutes walk from each other and with several daily walks you will feel like home in this cozy and friendly city.
The major landmarks are The Presidential Palace, the Lutheran Cathedral in the middle of the city, the Senate Square, the Sibelius Monument, the Market Square, the National Museum and the Art Museum of the Atheneum. There are numerous theaters, pubs, clubs and cafes that are also worth visiting in Helsinki, as it is known as very friendly to all modern entertainments. A must visit are the Ice Bar and the DTM bar.
And don't forget - there are tons more of attractions, activities and interesting places to see in the city of Helsinki, visit them and write here at HolidayStreets.com about their beauty and mystery!