Boardwalks lead you through one of Helsinki’s best-kept secrets. The Rhododendron Park is a wonderland of the eponymous bushes, trees and other flora. Blooms appear in June but the canopy of pine trees provide dappled shade and retain their beautiful forest hues for most of the year.

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Nearby Helsinki attractions

1. Gallen-Kallelan Museo

2.35 MILES

Part castle, part studio, this was the home of Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931), one of Finland’s most significant artists. Many of his works are…

2. 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…

3. Olympic Stadium

2.71 MILES

Host of the 1952 Summer Olympics, this still-attractive functionalist stadium is a city landmark. The complex is closed for major renovations and will…

4. Ratikkamuseo

2.82 MILES

Transport enthusiasts and kids will especially enjoy checking out the vintage trams at this engaging museum, which depicts daily life in Helsinki’s…

5. Didrichsen Taidemuseo

2.86 MILES

On the island of Kuusisaari, this striking villa is filled with elegant objets d'art, including some Mayan and Chinese pieces, Finnish golden-age works…

6. Sibelius Monument

2.88 MILES

In the leafy, waterfront Sibelius Park (Sibeliuksen puisto, or just 'Sibban'), this famous, striking sculpture was created by artist Eila Hiltunen in 1967…

7. Linnanmäki

2.88 MILES

Famous Linnanmäki is a real kid pleaser with rides (some free) including several roller coasters and a panoramic 75m free-fall tower, as well as nightly…

8. Sea Life

2.89 MILES

Close to Linnanmäki, Sea Life is an enjoyable aquarium complex with walk-through tunnels that let you spot sharks, rays, octopuses and myriad fish up…