Is Helsinki Worth Visiting?

Situated on a beautiful archipelago along the Baltic Sea in the southern region of Finland, Helsinki, the capital city, is a unique fusion of contemporary charm and historical heritage. Known for its harmonious blend of modern architectures like the unique Chapel of Silence and ancient neo-classical buildings in the Senaatintori area, Helsinki is indeed a paradise for architecture enthusiasts. Fondly dubbed as the "Daughter of the Baltic," its picturesque landscapes offer breathtaking sea views. The Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, and the vibrant districts of Kallio and Katajanokka are some of the must-visit attractions. This city's artistic aspect is most notably pronounced in the Design District, which houses numerous art galleries and museums, including the famous Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Helsinki also offers authentic Finnish saunas, trendy boutiques, gourmet dining, and a vivid nightlife for a comprehensive travel experience.

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Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 12 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

3.7/5

Safety

4.3/5

Food

3.6/5

Budget-friendly

2.6/5

Solo travel experience

A very beautiful, interesting and safe city. The people are quite reserved but very respectful and speak English very very well. This is a lot to do and see (like museums, sightseeing, concerts and parties).

Posted: November 3, 2023Experienced: August, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

Beautiful city, would love to visit in summer, as it was very cold in February, and there was therefore not much to do at the time. There are boat trips to several islands, which is good fun, and interesting, but again very cold and icy, so you need to come prepared!

Posted: August 5, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Helsinki on vacation last year and I really enjoyed it there. I would definitely recommend a day trip to Tallinn, as it's very easy to get there by ferry (I think the trip takes about 2 hours). My favorite thing to do in Helsinki was using the saunas. Overall, I had a great time there and felt very safe.

Posted: July 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Greece

Solo travel experience

I have been to Helsinki twice, for a week each time. Winter and late autumn. The weather was a bit cold of course but nothing too bad. I love this city for its simplicity, calmness and scandi style! Also for the museums and food. I visited Kiasma, the national Finnish museum (this is a must!), the design museum and the art museum, all were great! Also don't miss the old food market. If you like hiking, I definitely recommend Nuuksio national park. I spent a whole day there and made some great memories!

Posted: July 16, 2023Experienced: October, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I took my solo trip to Helsinki last summer. I love this city. It's peaceful, safe, and easy to navigate. As an English speaker, I found that it's easy for me to communicate and travel. I recommend the salmon soup, I love it.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Things to do: - Linnanmäki Amusement Park - Finnish Science Centre Heureka - Sibelius monument - Töölö park Safety: During my solo travels in Helsinki, I felt incredibly safe. Recommendations: Helsinki is a relatively small and young city. It's also very expensive and it's better to visit it in the summer.

Posted: September 13, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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To do: - Market - Chapel of Silence - Helsinki City Museum - Suomenlinna Safety: Helsinki is probably one of the safest capitals in the world. Recommendations: Helsinki is worth visiting, the city is nice and charming, but it's probably my least favorite North capital that I had the opportunity to see.

Posted: September 6, 2022
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Things to do: - Suomenlinna - Temppeliaukio Church - Helsinki Cathedral - Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma - Uspenski Cathedral - Main Market Square - Sibelius Monument - Ateneum - Linnanmäki Safety: Helsinki is extremely safe, so there is no reason to worry. Recommendations: Helsinki is a wonderful city, but quite expensive, especially restaurants and everything related to alcohol.

Posted: August 30, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Elle

Elle

Finland

I really like Helsinki. Lidl and student restyrants are good for a cheap lunch. My favourite cafe is Helsinki Kahvinpaatimo, but the smaller in in Valilla. There are many lovely libraries. Super safe for women.

Posted: December 12, 2023
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Jay

Jay

Finland

Helsinki is a city best discovered with a local. If you’re not staying long enough or don’t have the time then get yourself to a cafe or bar / pub you like and just observe if you’re introverted or strike up a conversation with a local (or two). It gets much easier as they get more and more drunk. 😆 For optimal results be extremely direct. A safe way to go about that is: if it’s rude in your culture it’s just about right for a Finn e.g. “I want yo know about Finnish culture. Do women really carry the conversation and make the first move here?”

Posted: April 28, 2023
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Helsinki is primarily the closeness of the sea and numerous islands around where you can go for a picnic (e.g. Seurasaari, Tervasaari, Mustikkasaari) or get there by ferry (for a regular public transport fee). You can move around on city bikes, and in the city center, everything is within reach. Tips for the city center: - Walk around the market square and design stores. - Visit Katajanokka to see the architecture. - Stroll through Punavuori and discover small boutiques and really good cafes (e.g. Andante). - Catch a ferry to Suomenlinna, an old fortress on the island, where you can walk around the rocks and old trenches. - Visit the small red wooden cafe "Regatta" by the sea to have coffee and a Finnish cinnamon croissant. - Try the public saunas Löyly or Allas. Outside Helsinki: If you have time for a day trip, take a bus to charming Porvoo, one of my favorites, spend a day there and return by steamer. If you like nature, you can go to Nuuksio National Park by train and bus for a day trip (bring your own food!) or for a night under the tent (all safe, if you feel comfortable in the forest). There are no dangerous animals that could harm you. Generally speaking, the northernmost charming villages offer the most, and nature has the most to offer. You can pitch a tent anywhere (which will also save you money). During your stay in the city, I recommend finding accommodation with a kitchenette to prepare a few meals on your own, unless the budget for dining in a restaurant is, well, large.

Posted: November 27, 2022
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A few things to do in Helsinki: The Suomenlinna Fortress is located just beyond Helsinki, you can get there by ferry from the Main Market Square (Kauppatori). The Devil's Mill and Allas Sea Pool, a spa with saunas, are also located near the Main Market Square. Another sauna located by the sea is Löyly, where you can also swim in the sea, and there is a nice restaurant there as well. Temppeliaukion kirkko is a church built into solid rock. Hotel Torni has a rooftop bar with a wonderful view, also from the ladies' toilet. Zetor Restaurant serves traditional Finnish dishes and has very eclectic interiors, including a tractor. Hotel Clarion has a rooftop pool.

Posted: August 29, 2022
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Helsinki is ideal for solo travel. It's very safe and many people walk alone, so you'll feel good/you won't feel out of place. Everyone speaks English. You can also take a ferry to Estonia and explore Tallinn in half a day to a day if you feel like it.

Posted: August 12, 2022
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Meet locals in Helsinki

Nea

Nea

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Hi 🫶🏻 I'm a friendly, open-minded girl from Finland and I love learning new languages and traveling!

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Pragati

Pragati

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I'm Pragati, originally from the Himalayas, now soaking in the charm of Finland. Been solo trotting through 28 countries, making friends, and diving into cultures 🌎🌍🗺️ Love exploring, meeting new people, and sharing stories. Looking for like-minded souls to join my adventure. Whether it's hiking in the Himalayas or chasing Northern Lights here in Finland, let's make memories together! ✈️🧳

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Stay with locals in Helsinki

Pragati

Pragati

Helsinki

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3 days

About me

I'm Pragati, originally from the Himalayas, now soaking in the charm of Finland. Been solo trotting through 28 countries, making friends, and diving into cultures 🌎🌍🗺️ Love exploring, meeting new people, and sharing stories. Looking for like-minded souls to join my adventure. Whether it's hiking in the Himalayas or chasing Northern Lights here in Finland, let's make memories together! ✈️🧳

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Senna

Senna

Helsinki

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7 days

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Hey! I'm Senna living in Finland. Love to make contacts all over the world. I'm currently studying travel and tourism🤗 Would love to show you around Helsinki (or other places in Finland). Ps. also a lover of craft beer so I have tips for that also

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Upcoming visitors to Helsinki

Carmen

Carmen

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Hi ! My name's Carmen and I currently live in Tenerife. I love travelling and getting to know other cultures, their gastronomy and their art especially.

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Karen

Karen

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Hello, my name is Karen! I've been living in Paris for 12 years now. I love books, art, food, solo trips and discovering new places and activities✨

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