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.
Helsinki City Guide Introduction
Today, visitors flock to Helsinki for the beautiful, harbor-side location and the eclectic mix of old churches, modern museums, and pleasant parks. (Not to mention the Finnish saunas!) Helsinki boasts a cute, small-town vibe and is simple to navigate. While the city is expensive, budget hotels and free sights are to be found. Read on for our budget tips and information on getting around Helsinki.