Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland, in Northern Europe, located in the south of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
The city’s waterfront is home to the indoor and outdoor markets. Most of the city’s sights are around Market Square. The Esplanade, in the heart of the city, has numerous cafes and shops selling local crafts, souvenirs and Finnish household items. Try some herring, it’s a local delicacy.
The Tourist Office can be found at Pohjois-Esplanadi and is open 7 days a week (various times).
Churches of interest include the Lutheran Cathedral in Senate Square, the onion domed Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral and the nearby Temppeliaukio Church, which has been carved out of solid rock.
The National Museum of Finland, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Design Museum are some of the cultural options in the city.
Boat trips are available from Market Square and range from a one hour taster to a full day outing.
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is a 15 minute ferry ride away. It’s also a UNESCO monument, which dates back to 1748. Inside it’s walls there are lots of historic buildings and various museums such as the Suomenlinna Museum, Suomenlinna Doll and Toy Museum and the Coastal Artillery Museum.
The Sibelius Monument is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and is located at Sibelius Park in the district of Töölö. This abstract art piece consists of series of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern.
Take a trip to the old town of Porvoo, the second oldest city in Finland. The town remains as it was in the Middle Ages, the red riverside storehouses of the old harbour are a favourite photo opportunity.
Uudenmaankatu Street is the place to head for art and craftwork featuring local designers.
The Linnanmaki Amusement park is set on a hilltop on Helsinki’s outskirts, and features water slides, Ferris wheel, roller coaster and an arcade.
On Korkeasaari island, not far from downtown, is Helsinki’s zoo. The zoo has 150 animal species from all over the world. Buses run from the Central Railway Station. Ferries operate in high season from Market Square.
Heureka Science Centre is located in Vantaa, around 10 miles from Helsinki and has more than 200 exhibits, some interactive.
Typical Finnish dishes include ‘leipäjuusto’ (cheese served with cloudberry jam),’kaalikääryleet (cabbage rolls), ‘lihapullat’ (Finnish meatballs) and Karelian pasties.
The disabled cruiser visiting Helsinki
Where You’re Docked
Cruise ships dock in either the South Harbour at Katajanokka or at West Harbour at Hernesaari. Toilets are available at both locations.
Taxis and shuttle buses are available at Hernesaari pier, the centre of town is around 3km away.
Good to Know
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The official currency is the euro.
The official language in Helsinki
Points of Interest
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Helsinki Accessible Excursions
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Helsinki Accessible Guided Tour
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