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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.

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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!

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From our Helsinki blog

A huge snowstorm left traffic stranded on Russian freeways late last week, with blizzard conditions and heavy drifting snow continuing to inflict misery over the weekend. Worst hit was the main M-10 highway linking Mosco ... read

It’s that time of year when we are apt to meddle with time. Most European countries adopt daylight saving time (DST).  All those that do favor seasonal DST will thus set their clocks back by an hour early next Sun ... read

Sometimes we run across a city that just has a very good feel. Often these are university towns, places that are not in the premier league of tourist destinations, but spots that have a decidedly laid-back and welcoming ... read

The June issue of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable is something of a publishing milestone, being the 1,500th edition since the book was first published in 1873. Ideal reading, we would say, for canny Cheapos looki ... read

The new high-speed rail service linking Helsinki with St. Petersburg, just launched last December, has been an immediate success, with passenger numbers in the first four months of 2011 up over a third on the same period ... read

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