Helsinki attractions

Top Choice Fortress in Helsinki

Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna, the ‘fortress of Finland’, straddles a cluster of car-free islands connected by bridges. The Unesco World Heritage site was originally built by the Swedes as Sveaborg in the mid-18th century. Several mu…
Top Choice Gallery in City Centre

Ateneum

Occupying a palatial 1887 neo-Rennaissance building, Finland’s premier art gallery offers a crash course in the nation’s art. It houses Finnish paintings and sculptures from the ‘golden age’ of the late 19th century…
Top Choice Museum in Helsinki

Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo

Situated 5.5km northwest of the city centre, this excellent island-set museum has a collection of 87 historic wooden buildings transferred here from around Finland. There's everything from haylofts to a mansion, par…
Top Choice Gallery in City Centre

Kiasma

One in a series of elegant contemporary buildings in this part of town, curvaceous and quirky metallic Kiasma, designed by Steven Holl and finished in 1998, is a symbol of the city’s modernisation. It exhibits an ec…
Top Choice Museum in Kamppi & Töölö

Kansallismuseo

Built in National Romantic art-nouveau style and opened in 1916, Finland’s premier historical museum looks a bit like a Gothic church with its heavy stonework and tall square tower. A major overhaul is under way unt…
Top Choice Museum in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

Design Museum

An unmissable stop for Finnish design aficionados, Helsinki's Design Museum has a permanent collection that looks at the roots of Finnish design in the nation’s traditions and nature. Changing exhibitions focus on c…
Top Choice Gardens in City Centre

Kajsaniemi

Rambling over 4 hectares in the city centre alongside the north harbour, Töölönlahti, Helsinki's botanic gardens are filled with plants from Finland and other countries on the same latitude, with some 3600 species a…
Museum in Punavuori & Ullanlinna

Museum of Finnish Architecture

Finland's architecture museum occupies a neo-Rennaissance building dating from 1899. Exhibitions are its key focus, including the fascinating Decades of Finnish Architecture 1900–1970, which runs until the end of 20…
Museum in Kruununhaka & Katajanokka

Helsingin Kaupunginmuseo

The Helsinki City Museum spreads over five buildings from different eras, including Sederholmin talo, Helsinki’s oldest central building (dating from 1757 and built by a wealthy merchant). They're linked by a contem…
Park in City Centre

Esplanadin Puisto

Locally known as 'Espa', oblong-shaped Esplanadi stretches for four blocks between the squares Erottaja to the west and the kauppatori to the east. Designed by architect CL Engel and opened in 1818, it's one of the …