The capital of Finland - Helsinki is a good place to visit during the summer holiday, or even during Christmas time. Helsinki stands just a few hundred kilometers to the South from Lapland, where the house of Santa Claus is located. So it can be an interesting place to visit with your children.
But there are plenty of places to visit in Helsinki itself.The high green dome of Helsinki Cathedral rises above the Helsinki cityscape, and if you look from the sea at night it appears like a shining lantern.
Whatever your purpose for touring Helsinki, this beautiful neoclassical cathedral is one of the scenes you want to check out.An area of green reservation directly in the middle of the city, a spot where visitors and Helsinki residents come to take meals, rest and be entertained during summertime.
At this time of year, the area in front of Cafe Kappeli is the Espa Stage, an open-air venue with an impressive program of shows and live music concerts.Come and visit in July for Jazz-Espa, a month-long jazz festival, or in June for the Marimekko Fashion Show.
One of the architectural must-visit places is the Temppeliaukio church.The structure is partly underground and has been cut from the bedrock, which creates the internal walls.
Around the inner dome is a round skylight, through which light floods into the central chamber throughout the day.Every part of the design and furniture inside this extraordinary church was designed by the architects.
Approaching it along Fredrikinkatu, the large copper roof of Temppeliaukio Church will seem like some kind of an alien invasion. A few kilometers north of the city center is an outdoor museum that has a wide compilation of typical Finnish constructions from around the nation.
The museum is accessible all summer and this is when qualified guides are decorated in traditional garb can tell you about work and life in provincial Finland over the last four centuries.
The old farms, workshops, manor houses and cottages are joined by a system of paths, offering for soothing walks through the forest or next to the shoreline.Sauna is a world-renowned word and it is a Finnish word. There are three million saunas in Finland, a large number of which are located right in Helsinki.
Many are accessible to the public, and whether you’re touring in winter or summer, it’s just one of those things you have to try in Finland.You can find public saunas Merihaka, Kotiharju, Hermanni districts or the new “Löyly” complex.
There are some sauna manners to learn but it isn't hard at all: Men and women are normally separate, to be naked is the best way, but towels are allowed, and it’s usually better to talk quietly if you need to talk at all.
There is also an amusement park with 65 years of entertaining history. During all that time it has been distributing all its earnings to Päivän Säätiö, a Finnish child welfare foundation.The park is child-friendly and provides a lot of attractions. Definitely worth visiting.