Sightseeing, Attractions, Around Helsinki

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OPEN TOP TOUR (sightseeing by bus) - Hop on hop off

Tickets: 24 EUR/adult, children free up to 16 years

Combined ticket (bus + 1,5 hour cruise): 30 EUR/adult, 16 EUR/child

Schedule: May 10-June 10. and September 8-15., Saturday-Sunday 10:00-16:00, June 10-September 7., 10:00-16:00

Frequency: 45 minutes

Stops: Senate's square - Kiasma - Temppeliaukio Church - Sibelius monument - Olympic Stadium/Opera - Lasipalatsi - Flea market - Hernessari Cruise Terminal - Olympia Terminal/TallinkSilja - Café Ursula - Cathedral - Katajanokka Terminal/Viking Line - Market Square

Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finish


AUDIO CITY TOURS (panoramic tours by bus without stops)

Tickets: 26 EUR/adult, 11 EUR/child

Schedule: January-March and October-December 11:00, April-May 11:00 (Saturday-Sunday 13:00 too), June-August 11:00-15:00 hourly, September 11:00, 13:00 (Saturday-Sunday 12:00 too)

Frequency: 1,5 hours

Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finish, Latin, Russian, Japanese, Chinese


IHA LINES CRUISE (sightseeing by boat)

Tickets: 15 EUR/adult, 7 EUR/child

Cruise with lunch (14:00): 26 EUR/person

Cruise with dinner (19:00): 44-54 EUR/person

Schedule: Tuesday-Sunday 11:30, 14:00, 16:30, 19:00

Frequency: 1,5 hours

Stops: Kauppatori/Market Square - Korkesaari Zoo - Jollas - Villinki Villa Area - Santahamina Military Area - Vallisaari - Soumenlinna Fortress


TRAM TOUR (sightseeing by tram)

Tickets: 1,8 EUR/1 day




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Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-18:00, Saturday 8:00-16:00

Free entrance.

Getting there: Metro - Kaisaniemi

The colourful and busy Market Square with a market hall by the South Harbour is the place to experience the unique Helsinki marketplaces. The market sells everything from vegetables to souvenirs. The ever-popular market café is a good place to have a cup of coffee and watch the hustle and bustle of the market and the cruise ships leaving the harbour. In the summer, Market Square is busy till late in the evening.



Opening hours: May-September, Monday-Friday 9:30-16:00, Saturday 9:30-16:00,

Sunday 12:00-15:00, October-April, Tuesday-Friday 9:30-16:00, Saturday 9:30-14:00,

Sunday 12:00-15:00, Monday closed

Free entrance.

Getting there: Tram 4, 4T - Katajanokan Puisto

Uspenski Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary). Inside, the cathedral houses a rich display of icons and other typical Orthodox decorations, including an impressive array of chandeliers hanging from the vaulted ceiling. One of the icons is believed to work miracles.


OLYMPIASTADION (panorama view)

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-20:00, Saturday-Sunday 9:00-18:00

Tickets: 2 EUR/adult, 1 EUR/child

Getting there: Tram 3T, 3B

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium located in the Töölö district about 2 kilometres (1,2 mi) from the center of Helsinki, is the largest stadium in the country, nowadays mainly used for hosting sports events and big concerts. It has a 72 m high tower (with elevator) from which there is a magnificent view of the city.


Opening hours: 15-31 May and 1-15 September, Monday-Friday 9:00-15:00,

Saturday-Sunday 11:00-17:00, June-August 11:00-17:00

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, children free up to 18 years

Getting there: Bus Nr. 24 - Seurasaari

The open-air museum of Seurasaari is located on a beautiful green island just a few kilometres from the heart of Helsinki. The island is a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city and at the museum the traditional Finnish way of life is displayed in the cottages, farmsteads and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around Finland. All the different provinces of Finland are represented in the well preserved old buildings and they give an overall view of Finnish countryside life from the 18th to the 20th century. At present, there are 87 separate buildings at Seurasaari Museum.



Guided tours: September-May, Saturday-Sunday 13:30, June-August 11:00, 14:00

Tickets: 7 EUR/adult, 3 EUR/child

Getting there: Ferry from Market Square

Suomenlinna is one the largest sea fortresses in the world and has even been called the Gibraltar of the North. It was found in 1748 and it is located on 6 islands kilometre from Helsinki city centre. It is included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Suomenlinna has been known as an avant-garde location for culture. In the mid-1980s the Nordic Arts Centre was established on the island and several buildings have been converted into artists' studios.



Opening hours: October-April, 10:30-16.30, May-September 10:00-18:00

Tickets (with a 25-minute video): 5 EUR/adult, children free

Getting there: Ferry from Market Square

Suomenlinna Museum tells the eventful history of the island fortress from the 18th century to the present day. Visitors to the museum can experience the rugged life of the fortress builders as well as the flourishing social life and entertainments of the officers of Viapori. The museum presents the life of the various inhabitants of the island throughout the years including Swedish soldiers, Russian merchants and Finnish civil war prisoners. In addition, the museum also screens hourly the widescreen show, The Suomenlinna Experience, which takes the viewer on a journey through the fascinating history of the fortress.



Opening hours: June-August 11:00-18:00, September 11:00-16:00

Tickets: 3 EUR/adult, 1 EUR/child

Getting there: Ferry from Market Square

The Ehrensvard museum is located at the original central court of the fortress in the Commanders House. It is a good example of how housing and the defensive system were connected under the same roof at Suomenlinna. The building's side wings functioned also as fortification bastions and it was possible to access the bastion terrepleins directly from the residential rooms. 



Opening hours: May-August 11:00-18:00

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, 3 EUR/child

Getting there: Ferry from Market Square

One of the few survived submarines of the Second World War is located in Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Finnish submarine Vesikko was the prototype of the first submarine type of German Navy in 1930's, the Typ II. Vesikko was real hi-tech in its time.



Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 14:00-22:00, Saturday 13:00-21:00

(last admission 2 hours before closing)

Tickets: 10 EUR/adult, 5 EUR/child

Kotiharju Sauna, built in 1928, has maintained its original architecture throughout the decades. A Finnish sauna is a must for a visitor to Helsinki and the famous Kotiharju Sauna is the only remaining public wood-burning sauna in Helsinki. Only wood-burning saunas let you enjoy the mellow heat of the traditional sauna experience.


COSY FINLAND (dinner with a local family)

Rate: 52 EUR/person

Cosy Finland offers travellers a possibility to Meet the Finns in their own homes. Cosy Finland provides groups as well as solo travellers the perfect venue to experience Finnish everyday life, culture and cuisine by for example visiting a Finnish home and enjoying a meal with the host/s.


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Getting there: Boat (J.L. Runeberg): from Linnanlaituri port to Porvoo - 3,5 hours

Schedule: from Helsinki 10:00, from Porvoo 16:00

Tickets: 24 EUR/ adult oneway, 35 EUR/adult/return, 50% discount for children



The best way to see Old Porvoo is to take a guided walking tour. You have to hear the city's history, stories about its many intresting residents, and information on its architecture in order to understand the uniqueness that has characterised this area from mediaeval times to the present day. Our expert guides will give you a great introduction to life in Porvoo. 


Getting there: Bus from Helsinki Bus Station to Ainola - 40 km, 40 minutes - 15 EUR/return



Opening hours: May-September 10:00-17:00

Tickets: 5,5 EUR/adult, 3 EUR/child

Getting there: Ferry from Market Squares

Ainola stands on the scenic shores of Lake Tuusula in Järvenpää, about 30 minutes drive from the Finnish capital, Helsinki. It was the home of Jean Sibelius and his family from 1904. Its distance from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital gave the composer the peace that he needed for his creative endeavours, while other artistic families living in the neighbourhood provided a lively social circle.


Getting there: Bus Nr. 339, 82, 21 from Helsinki Bus Station to Serena Waterpark - 20 km, 30-40 minutes - 8-10 EUR/return



Opening hours: Saturday-Sunday 12:00-20:00 (public and school holidays every day 12:00-20:00)

Tickets: 22 EUR/person/1 day, 16,5 EUR/person/halfday (16:00-20:00), 30,5 EUR/person/2 days

The largest tropical water amusement park in the Nordic countries provides so many things to do and experience that an all-day tickets may not be enough for the keenest water enthusiasts! Relax in the tropically warm waters of Serena's fountains, its bubble pools or children's pool, or on its terrace. Another must is Serena's unique sauna, housed in a cave carved out of a rock face.


Getting there: Tallink Silja Line ferry - 2 hours - 26-44 EUR oneway

Helsinki-Tallin - 9:30, 10:30, 12:30, 16:30, 19:30, 22:00, 24:00

Tallin - Helsinki - 9:30, 13:00, 13:30, 16:00, 16:30, 19:30, 23:00



Free unlimited use of the Tallin public transports, free admission to 40 museums and attractions in and around Helsinki, and discounts in shops, bars and restaurants. Additional free audio guided citytour (except 6 hours card).


Adult: 12 EUR/6 hours, 24 EUR/1 day, 28 EUR/2 days, 32 EUR/3 days

Child (up to 14 years): 6 EUR/6 hours, 13 EUR/1 day, 15 EUR/2 days, 16 EUR/3 days


TALLIN CITY TOURS (sightseeing by bus) - Hop on hop off

Tickets: 16 EUR/adult/1 day, 13 EUR/child/1 day, 20 EUR/adult/2 days, 16 EUR/child/2 days, 23 EUR/adult/3 days, 20 EUR/child/3 days


Red Line 10:00, 13:00, Green Line 11:00, 14:00, Blue Line 12:00, 15:00

Stops: 3 different routes

Red Line (Town Centre): Viru Square start - Toompea Castle - Freedom Square - Estonia National Theatre - Art Museum of Estonia- KUMU - Kadriorg Palace Ensemble - D-terminal, Port of Tallinn - ABC-terminal, Port of Tallinn - Estonian Maritime Museum

Green Line (Pirita): Viru Square start - Kadriorg Palace Ensemble - Song Festival Ground - Orlov's Castle - Tallinn´s Botanical Garden - TV- tower - Pirita Convent - Pirita Yacht Port - Russalka Monument - D-terminal, Port of Tallinn - ABC-terminal, Port of Tallinn

Blue Line (Rocca al Mare): Viru Square start - Toompea Castle - Kristiine Shopping Centre - Open-air Museum - Zoo / Shopping Centre - Meriton Grand Hotel Tallinn - Train station - D-terminal, Port of Tallinn - ABC-terminal, Port of Tallinn

Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finish, Russian, Japanese, Estonian


EESTI VABAÖHUMUUSEUM - open air museum

Opening hours:

Park: May-September 10:00-20:00, October-April 10:00-17:00

Houses:  May-September 10:00-18:00, October-April mostly closed

Tickets: October-April 50 EEK/adult, May-September 95 EEK/adult, 10 EEK/child

Getting there: Bus 21. from Baltic Train Station to the museum or Trolleybus 6, 7, 22 from city centre to Zoo

The Estonian Open Air Museum is akin to a village, with 12 farms, as well as its own church, tavern and schoolhouse. There are a number of mills, a fire station, fishing net sheds as well as a dancing area and a village swing. The museum is located in a lovely, well-maintained forest park on a high sandstone bank on Kopli Bay, just 15 minutes drive from the center of Tallinn.



Opening hours: May-September, Monday-Friday 8:00-19:00, Saturday 8:00-20:00, Sunday 8:00-19:00

Free entrance.

Getting there: walking from city centre

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the most spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral. Built in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire, the cathedral was originally intended as a symbol of the empire's dominance – both religious and political – over this increasingly unruly Baltic territory. The church's towers hold Tallinn's most powerful church bell ensemble, consisting of 11 bells, including the largest in Tallinn, weighing 15 tonnes.


Downloadable audio guide of Tallin


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