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Helsinki Travel Guide


Helsinki Introduction


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Helsinki, Finland's capital, is one of Europe's most interesting and enjoyable cities. Many first-time visitors associate Finland with extreme cold, but the summers—especially in the south—can be magically warm and flooded with light. Even in the depths of winter, daylight is short but present. Although sometimes the skies may be overcast, there are clear, sunny days when the city is illuminated by the sparkle of snow and the dazzling, frozen Baltic Sea.   Click here to see the full Helsinki travel guide on Travel42 »

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Helsinki Geography


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Helsinki is a good city for walking: Many of its sites are close together. The city is built on a peninsula, and its coastal promenades trace the shoreline. Forests that extend to Lapland in the north and Siberia in the east also reach close to the heart of the city.   Click here to see the full Helsinki travel guide on Travel42 »

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Helsinki History


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Swedish King Gustaf Vasa founded Helsinki in 1550 as a commercial rival to Estonia's Tallinn. The idea was not an immediate success, and King Gustaf had to force people to migrate from the rest of the country—especially the west coast—to the new town, which was first located where the river Vantaa flows into the sea, several miles/kilometers to the north of the present center. The anniversary of this edict, 12 June, is now celebrated as Helsinki Day.   Click here to see the full Helsinki travel guide on Travel42 »

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Helsinki Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Sightseeing in Helsinki is more pleasant when the sun is out, making summer the best time for tourists to visit, but Finnish buildings, including all museums, hotels and restaurants, always offer warm relief, no matter how cold it gets outside.   Click here to see the full Helsinki travel guide on Travel42 »

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Helsinki Nightlife


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Nightlife revolves around pubs and clubs, though a number of Euro-style lounges have opened in recent years. For a real glimpse into everyday Finnish life, pubs are the places to go. Helsinki hosts a large variety of clubs, most of which cater to the twentysomething crowd.   Click here to see the full Helsinki travel guide on Travel42 »

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Helsinki Restaurants & Dining


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Helsinki has an ever-expanding variety of restaurants to suit most tastes, and many bars serve good food. Many, but not all, of the better restaurants are concentrated in the area south of the railway station. There's also a group of good restaurants, mostly specializing in Finnish cuisine, northwest of the railway station in the Toolo district. Another place to try is the boutique and gallery area south of Bulevardi.   Click here to see the full Helsinki travel guide on Travel42 »

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