The Finnish capital of Helsinki offers an ideal destination for a mini-break, or longer! The country’s financial, cultural, and political heart, Helsinki is a large city with a long history and a friendly small-town vibe. Many small islands and islets are scattered just off the coast, and there are many photogenic spots. An efficient and extensive public transportation system makes exploring Helsinki easy, and there are plenty of places to eat, drink, shop, and sleep.

Take a ferry across to Suomenlinna, a former mighty sea-fortress on several connected islands. With an enchanting olde-worlde atmosphere, great views, old defensive walls and cannons, interesting museums, charming cafes, and more, it offers a pleasant day out.

Stroll around Helsinki city centre and feast your eyes on marvellous architecture. Some particularly striking buildings include the Lutheran Cathedral, the Church in the Rock, Uspenski Cathedral, Kallio Church, Finlandia Hall, and the Train Station.

The city boasts several excellent museums, including Helsinki City Museum, Ateneum Art Museum, and the Museum of Cultures. In sunny weather you can relax in pretty parks or on one of the ciy beaches. Sports fans will enjoy the Olympic Stadium, and classical music fans will enjoy seeing the unusual Sibelius Monument. Fun and laughter are all but guaranteed at Linnanmaki amusement park and Serena Water Amusement Park.

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