A Mini Break in Helsinki

Photo by: Johannes Valkama
Photo by: Johannes Valkama

Helsinki, the capital city of Scandinavia’s Finland, has plenty of sights to keep visitors busy for a few days. Many of the sights are in a fairly compact area, making it easy to walk between the attractions and experience a bit of Helsinki life.

Some of the main sights and experiences on a mini break in Helsinki are as follows:

Arteneum Art Museum

This lovely building is home to Finland’s largest collection of art. There are works from several different periods, and you can walk around for ages, captivated by the high levels of skill and beauty.

National Museum of Finland

There are many interesting exhibitions, and the informative museum tells of Finland’s history through the ages. There is a great interactive section, which will appeal to young visitors, as well as the young at heart and inquisitive!

Esplanade Park

Esplanade Park

This is a pretty and peaceful place in the heart of the city, where locals and tourists alike escape the everyday hustle and bustle of city life for a few relaxing moments.

Helsinki Zoo

Leopard Learning

One of the oldest zoos in the world, Helsinki Zoo is home to a wide variety of different animals. It is ideal for families.

Linnanmaki Theme Park

With a wide selection of rides, fun attractions, and stalls, Linnanmaki Theme Park gives you a chance to cut loose and go a bit wild. There are rides suitable for all ages, and thrills and spills are the order of the day.

Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Church

Even if you are not so interested in religious buildings, this church is sure to delight. Hidden inside the rocks, the church has been carved in to the stone. Inside, the walls are rugged and natural, and from the outside, it is difficult to see that there is a building there! It is a simple church, made interesting by its method of construction.

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral is a grand and impressive structure, housing many religious pictures and statues.

Uspenski Cathedral

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

This Orthodox cathedral is the largest such church in the whole of Western Europe. It looks almost fairytale like, with its red walls, green roof, and gold cupolas. It exudes grandeur.

Sibelius Monument

This monument, dedicated to the late Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, is a magical and artistic structure. Symbolising organ pipes, there are many silver tubes of different sizes, all joined together.

Olympic Stadium and Tower

Sports fans will enjoy a visit to the stadium from the 1952 Olympic Games. You can climb the tower for great sweeping views across the city.

Helsinki Train Station

Хельсинки, Финляндия / Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Train Station has a somewhat Communist air about it. Stern faces provide external lighting and glare down at passers by.

Finnish Sauna

Sauna traditionnel Laponie Finlandaise

Combining dry heat and icy water, a Finnish sauna is designed to really get the blood pumping and improve circulation. Traditionally, people would whip themselves with small branches for further benefits – this is, of course, not compulsory!

Suomenlinna Island Fortress

Suomenlinna fortress island in ice

A little off the coast lie several small islands, linked by bridges. There is a regular ferry service between the mainland and the islands. Known as Suomenlinna, on the islands you can see one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world. There are high walls, old cannons, nooks and crannies, and more to explore. You can enjoy the nice views out over the ocean. There are several museums within the complex, as well as small shops and cafes, pale houses, an old submarine, and a beautiful church.

Scandinavia is often overlooked when people are planning a short getaway, but Finland’s Helsinki really is a great place to enjoy a mini break.

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