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The capital of Finland is a compact city easily explored by foot. Helsinki is located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles as well as large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off that make it certain there’s no shortage of natural presence. It is worth mentioning that it is also a bustling center for business, education, research, and government. Needless to say, there’s something going on in Helsinki every day of the year. The capital is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. Its rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs. The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands, providing beautiful set-ups for days at the beach or weekend camping trips. Many of the islands, such as Suomenlinna and Pihlajasaari, can be reached by a regular ferry from early morning until late at night. A third of Helsinki is covered in green areas. Along with a score of sports grounds, they offer great possibilities for outdoor activities and relaxation. The large Central Park and its forests spread out just outside the city centre. If you want to escape the city life even further – no matter how laid-back – try the two large national parks of Sipoonkorpi and Nuuksio, both a short bus-journey away from the centre of Helsinki.

Undoubtedly sightseeing tours take you around Helsinki, providing you with an idea of the city’s pulse and giving you tips on what places to visit, where to shop and where to eat. Some of the sights covered can be: Temppeliaukio Church – The Rock Church, Suurkirkko - Lutheran Cathedral, Esplanade Park, Sibelius monument, Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral, Finlandia Hall and Presidential Palace. One of Finland’s most popular sights is the fortress of Suomenlinna which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beautiful islands of Suomenlinna are only a 15-minute ferry ride away from Helsinki Market Square. They offer a variety of atmospheres; whether you are looking for a cheerful weekend with friends, a tranquil evening stroll, picnic or perhaps a jog – it is all made possible by the diverse routes, locations, restaurants and cafés across the islands. Besides influenced by Classicism and modernized by Functionalism, Helsinki is possibly best known for its Art Nouveau architecture. Some connoisseurs have even suggested that certain features of Batman’s Gotham City were influenced by Helsinki’s majestical Central Railway Station. Go look for yourself and see if you agree!

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