Compact, clean, cultured, and cool, the Finnish capital of Helsinki is a charming city to explore. As one of the most sparsely populated cities in Europe, the pace here is unhurried and relaxed and the locals are friendly and welcoming. It is surrounded by the sea on three sides and it boasts of a blend of wonderful architecture. It’s easy to see why Helsinki is often regarded as one of the most livable cities in the world. Here are the top must see attractions in Helsinki, Finland.
The focal point of Helsinki is Senate Square and it is bounded by majestic neoclassical buildings. The square is dominated by the city’s most impressive landmark. The Lutheran cathedral features pristine white with green and gold domes. On a clear day, the cathedral absolutely gleams. Just a stone’s throw away is Helsinki’s other cathedral the Russian Orthodox Uspenski cathedral. With its copper roofs and onion domes, the Uspentski is one of the most visible reminders of Russian rule over Finland which lasted for 108 years until 1917.
Helsinki is also home to another remarkable religious building. The church is Helsinki’s modern architectural masterpiece. Inside the church is circular with a ring of glass allowing natural light to beam in thanks to its rough exposed walls. The acoustics in here are perfect making it a popular venue for concerts.
Another of Helsinki’s more unusual landmarks is the Sibelius Monument. It is a tribute to Finland’s greatest composer Jean Sibelius. Located in the serene Sibelius Park, this huge sculpture consists of 527 steel tubes. Visit the park on a breezy day and you may be lucky enough to hear the sound of the wind blowing through the tubes. It is a fitting tribute to a man who composed seven magnificent symphonies.
With Helsinki almost entirely surrounded by the sea, a boat ride out into its archipelago is a charming way to experience some of Finland’s finest scenery. Gently cruising the crystal-clear waters of the Baltic, you will pass stunning little islands and some enviable secluded villas. Back at Helsinki waterfront a bustling open-air market awaits. It’s a fabulous place to browse for colorful handicrafts and souvenirs or even have a bite to eat delicious breads and pastries, summer berries, and the freshest of fish. The open-air market has some mouth-watering temptations with a charming atmosphere, a beautiful setting, and a wealth of sights. Helsinki is a delightful city to explore.