Capital where Eastern and Western cultures meet
Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West.
The archipelago that surrounds Helsinki with hundreds of tiny islands creates an idyllic environment for cruises, for example.
Over 450 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can be clearly seen in Helsinki. Finnish design has also made the country’s capital city world famous. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. The city centre has many beautiful parks, and the nearby forests offer an ideal setting for peaceful and quiet walks.
Helsinki’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs.
Everything is nearby – Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis that is ideal for visitors!
The official City of Helsinki Tourism blog
Helsinki Visitors Guide in 11 languages
The Tourist & Convention Bureau’s brochures offer both tourist information, as well as ideas and tips for planning your holiday. The main brochure ”Helsinki – Visitors Guide” is published in 11 languages. Brochures in English, Swedish, German, Russian, Estonian, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and in Finnish
Participating HelsinkiMenu restaurants offer special, seasonal dishes made of Finnish ingredients.
The HelsinkiMenu can be tried at around 20 different restaurants throughout the city. The menu varies according to restaurant and season. The recipes interpret Finnish food traditions in new and exciting ways.
International cruise ships
Nearly 300 cruise ships and up to 360 000 cruise passengers visit Helsinki yearly, adding life and colour to the city life. International cruise ships dock in South Harbour, Katajanokka, West Harbour and Hernesaari.
For Helsinki Cruise Visitors