The capital of Finland - a relatively young city, which was founded in 1550. For almost four centuries of its existence, Helsinki was repeatedly invaded Russian. And in the early 19th century, after the Russian-Swedish war, the city is almost completely destroyed, it was built on the plan of the Russian architect. That is why the central part of Helsinki and some of its architectural monuments greatly resemble St. Petersburg. If you want to go abroad, but the funds do not allow you to visit, such as Central Europe or South America, or you have no time to make a visa, Finland, and in particular the capital of the republic - the perfect solution. Firstly, such a journey does not require a very long flights, and secondly, you will be able to plunge into the magical European atmosphere, feeling at the same time that you are not too far from home.
If you consider yourself a connoisseur of art, like the sophisticated style and charm of northern legends, and feel free to go in Helsinki attractions of the city, particularly its architectural ensembles, will be able to give aesthetic delight even the most discerning travelers.
Architectural monuments of the city
The main attraction is considered to Helsinki Senate Square, is located in the city center, along the perimeter of which is one of the most magnificent architectural ensembles of the city in the Empire style. Here is the Assumption Cathedral - one of Europe's largest Orthodox churches. Another architectural masterpiece - the Cathedral, built on the model of the Kazan Cathedral. In addition, the Senate Square are located the main building and the library of the local university and the oldest building in the city - the house of merchant Sedergolma. Such a focus of various historical and architectural monuments in the city center will help you for a short time to explore several attractions and free time to spend on other activities.
If the Senate Square will not satisfy your cravings for examination interesting and unusual plants, you can go to the town hall, which together with its surrounding neighborhoods creates a rather unusual appearance.
Souvenirs and other small pleasures
Souvenirs for family and friends, you can buy on the Market Square, which is also a kind of landmark Helsinki. Here is the most famous and biggest market in the city, where you can buy everything you want. Not far from the Market Square on the waterfront is the old covered market, which is a meeting place for the entire Finnish food lovers. Besides small pastry and meat shops in the European style where you can find specialty shops, which sell national Lappish delicacies. If you get tired of visiting the local beauties, you can relax over a cup of tea in one of the outdoor cafes, which are located here, or visit the Japanese restaurant.
For art lovers
The capital of Finland comprises over three hundred islands, so over a third of all its area is occupied by parks and gardens in which you can always take a walk, enjoying the fresh northern air. One of the most popular parks - Esplanade, located in the city center. In winter, it is a kind of natural attraction Helsinki pleases the eye of visitors unusual lighting effects, and in the summer on the concert stage of the park are the famous and just starting his career artists.
In addition, in this city you will find more than 70 museums and art galleries, which will diversify the vacation of art lovers. If you do not consider yourself to be such, it can also visit one or several museums, and join the world culture, because there are some interesting works of national and international authors.
One of the favorite places for tourists from different countries - Temppeliaukio church on the square. The uniqueness of the architectural landmarks of Helsinki in a minimalist style that is carved into the rock. Inside this building is very good acoustics, so in addition to worship here occasionally hosts various concerts.
Rest in Helsinki with children
If you go on holiday with your children, then you and your daze be without interest local family park Linnanmäki. Besides the actual attractions, the list of which is replenished every year since 1950 in this park you will be able to participate in carnivals and light show, a visit which is absolutely free. Younger travelers also enjoy the zoo Korkeasaari, which gathered representatives of fauna from around the world. From the local inhabitants can be found here wolverine, hook-nosed seal and otter.
If, after visiting all the attractions of Helsinki you will still have time and energy, you can go to the fortress of Suomenlinna, which begins with the history of this city. Fort, which houses the fortress is under protection of UNESCO. On the territory of Suomenlinna are 7 museums, a variety of cafes and restaurants, gift shops and other amenities that will delight the soul of any tourist. To reach the fortress is on a river tram, which departs from the Market Square. During the warmer months of Suomenlinna you can go on a walking tour at any convenient day. In winter, these tours are organized only at the end of the week.
If you look at the sights of Helsinki on the map, you will see that they are all located on a fairly short distance from each other, so in this city you can afford, often unavailable in other cities - explore all the interesting architectural monuments, parks and museums, leaving at this time for yourself, for example, to visit the local sauna, go to a nightclub or on a romantic trip.
Helsinki - wonderful northern city, and allow yourself to touch his charm can anyone, including you.