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Helsinki City Guide Introduction - Helsinki, Finland

Intro to Helsinki

One of the world's northernmost capitals, Helsinki is a hotbed for Scandinavian design, museums, and cute cafés. Just 456 km from St. Petersburg, the city is also where east meets west. Mixed in with Art Noveau architecture, Russian-built neoclassical churches remind visitors that Helsinki was once ruled by Czar Alexander I.

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Expect to Spend: Helsinki

There's no way around it: Helsinki isn't cheap. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks for making your euros go farther. We'll tell you where to save (hotels) and where to splurge (restaurants, as if you had any choice!).» read more

Getting Around Helsinki

Helsinki is many things, but expansive isn't one of them. With some good walking shoes and a working knowledge of the city's tram system, you'll be shuffling to and fro in no time. We've got you covered, and we'll even give you the lowdown on ferries to Suomenlinna fortress. » read more

Getting Into Helsinki

Helsinki is a relatively small city, and the options for getting to and from the airport are wonderfully straightforward. In addition, the city's coastal location makes it great for connections by ferry and cruise. Don't rely on signs in Finnish: We'll show you how to get into Helsinki with bus, boat, or taxi.» read more

Helsinki Budget Tips

Whether you're debating the merits of the Helsinki Card or simply wondering what you can do for free, check out these tips on spending smart in the Finnish capital.» read more

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Helsinki City Guide Introduction

One of the world's northernmost capitals, Helsinki is a hotbed for Scandinavian design, museums, and cute cafés. Just 456 km from St. Petersburg, the city is also where east meets west. Mixed in with Art Noveau architecture, Russian-built neoclassical churches remind visitors that Helsinki was once ruled by Czar Alexander I.» read more

Helsinki: Top Ten Attractions

From the city's iconic churches to the must-see museums, there are plenty of things to do and see in Helsinki. Here are ten of our favorite attractions in the Finnish capital—many of which are free!» read more

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