Get on the saddle!
For a city bike user, a bicycle is always nearby: There are 150 city bike stations in Helsinki. Espoo currently has 70 stations, with 35 more to be added during the summer. Altogether you have a whopping 2,550 city bikes at your disposal.
Beaches, pools and tennis
During the bathing season, which runs from June 4 to August 12, the city has lifeguards on the beaches and take samples out of the water. The outdoor tennis arenas can be used free of charge during the opening hours.
Boating or fishing in the archipelago
The City of Helsinki administers beautiful areas in the archipelago and maritime parks near the city and in areas nearby. Everyone can visit these areas, either for free or by renting.
- In islands
- Seven unique island gems in Helsinki’s archipelago
- Island hopping: Suomenlinna, Vallisaari and Lonna
Exhibitions and museums
At the National Museum the exhibition Barbie the Icon is now going on. In Kiasma you can see Grayson Perry´s exhibition of classical pots and enormous tapestries, with surprising motives. In the City Hall there is an exhibition called Following in Footsteps of Film Stars, where you can get to know Helsinki during the golden era of cinema. At HAM, you can look at graffiti or walk in the footstep of Leonard Bäcksbacka, in the ongoing exhibition Air de Paris.
Parks, walks and nature excursions
Helsinki City´s park website is a guide to park walks in the loveliest parks in town. There are many different trips to the nature in the capital region. You can also take a walk around the parks watching the public art Helsinki has to offer.
- Excursions to nature
- Green Hearts
- 12 x into the nature in just 15 minutes: by walking, train, metro and bicycle
Cafés, restaurants and clubs
There´s something for everyone in the restaurants, cafés and clubs of Helsinki. How about that?
- 7 good vegetarian restaurants in Helsinki
- 5 x drinks with a view
- 10 quirky cafés that the locals love
- 9 local restaurants worth travelling to
The city´s event calendar gives tips on a daily basis about what to do. The summer begins on the city´s birthday, June 12. The traditional military parade brings together military bands from all over the country. The parade is Fridays at 12:30 and the MIL-Espa concert at 2:00 p.m. at the Espa Stage. In July, there is Jazz Espa and in August Etno-Espa on the stage. The summer ends with the Helsinki Festival, August 17 to September 2.
What to do during a day in Helsinki?
On the website MyHelsinki you can check out what's going on in the city. We will always pick these: