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Things to do in Helsinki

For a very inexpensive guided tour, try the Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour. Ride around in an open-top double-decker bus that stops at certain locations throughout the city in which you are allowed to get out and explore. Then get back on the bus and ride to the next destination! There are generally 15 or so stops on this tour, so be prepared with comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

If shopping and dining is how you'd like to spend a day in Helsinki, walk right out of your hotel doors and onto the street. Downtown Helsinki is full of night life, ethnic restaurants, major shopping, theaters, music halls, and sightseeing.

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  • Aalto House

    A minimalist white box, it contains many of Aalto's iconic, sculptural pieces. More
  • Ateljee Bar

    The tiny, tucked-away bar at the top of the Sokos Hotel Torni affords the best views of the city. Ride up to the 13th floor, then take the little s... More
  • Café Strindberg

    After strolling the park-lined Esplanade, claim one of the tables that spill out onto the sidewalk in the summer. Have a banana parfait with cardam... More
  • Church in the Rock

    Built in 1969 and carved out of solid bedrock, the top of this modern church (called Temppeliaukio in Finnish) hovers aboveground like a spaceshi... More
  • Design Museum

    Learn why and how Finland became a design mecca through the more than 35,000 objects on display, including orange-handled Fiskars scissors, early I... More
  • Eliel Saarinen House

  • Finlandia Hall

  • Hietaniemi Cemetery

    Gravestones dot parks all over the city, and Finns find nothing morbid about strolling through its cemeteries, most of which were designed to doubl... More
  • Kauppatori

    Forage for cloudberries, lingonberries, pickled herring, and smoked salmon sandwiches among the stalls at Helsinki's harborside outdoor food market... More
  • Kola

    The boho neighborhood of Kallio is packed with artsy bars, many of which operate as cafés by day. This one stands out for its vintage-modern chocol... More
  • Lux Nightclub, Helsinki

    Dance the night away on the black-marble floor at this upscale club in the penthouse of the famous Kamppi Center. The enormous space, complete with... More
  • Marimekko

    Jackie O. sported the company's togs in the 1960's, and their graphic, oversize patterns—which adorn everything from sundresses to slick plywood tr... More

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