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Helsinki

Helsinki is a terrific and beautiful city that is ideal to tour on foot, or using the extensive public transportation system for outlying areas. When visiting Helsinki, you will want to take the time to see all of the most important sites.

At the heart of this great city you will discover Senate Square. This epicenter is graced by three wonderful buildings: the Cathedral; the University of Helsinki and the Council of State. All these amazing buildings were constructed in the early to mid-1800s and were designed by C.L. Engel in the Neo-Classical style.

A short walk from Senate Square are some other terrific sites for you take in, including the National Library, Esplanade Park, the Sofiankatu Museum and the famous Market Square that is filled with fruit, vegetable and souvenir stalls in the summer months.

After perusing the great stalls at the Market Square you can be off to the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, built in the 1700s it is one of the largest maritime fortresses in the world. Soumenlinna was built on six islands off the cost of the city and is one of the most famous sites in all of Finland.

What is there to do at Suomenlinna? This legendary site has something for everyone with amazing museums, great cafes and restaurants, many special events, swimming and a terrific area to picnic and enjoy the wonders of nature.

Well you would not want to miss the Sea Life Sea Life & Helsinki Zoo and the Linnanmaki Amusement Park. This amusement park adds a new attraction every year and has a legendary rollercoaster. One visit to the park and you will see why it is the highlight of every Finnish child’s summer vacation each year.

The Helsinki Zoo is located on Korkeasaari Island and includes terrific exotic animals from different tundra including the Arctic and the tropical rainforest. The majority of the animals can be seen all year round.

Do you have a little Jacques Cousteau in you? The Sea Life is a great voyage from the tropical waters to the Arctic sea with great exhibitions along the way including terrific species currently in danger.

Do you love architecture and old churches? Helsinki is dotted with beautiful, quaint and unique churches (unique churches can be good link to the land only package) including the afore mentioned Cathedral of Helsinki which is one of the most recognizable buildings in all of Finland.

The Temppeliaukio ‘Rock’ Church is one of Finland’s most popular tourist attractions and one of the most respected examples of modern architecture in Helsinki. Quarried out of the natural bedrock, the church has excellent acoustics and is a popular venue for concerts.

After visiting some beautiful churches, keep your camera out for your excursions to the wonderful worlds of art. The Ateneum Art Museum, which is the National Gallery of Finland has the largest art collection in the nation that includes Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne.

Perhaps you want some contemporary art. As in most European cities, contemporary art and the museums that house them are both stimulating and controversial and Kiasma is not an exception to the rule. A must see for lovers of art.

And of course, as you enjoy the wonderful sites of this great city, do not forget to taste the great Finnish treats, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy a truly wonderful city – Helsinki, Finland.