Visit the beautiful islands. The most famous of them is Suomenlinna. This Unesco world heritage site has an abundance of islander vibes, unique restaurants and cafes, a small brewery as well as a lighthouse-church museum. Other noteworthy islands are Pihlajasaari, Uunisaari, Vallisaari and Lonna, where one can go swimming and hiking in the woods. Seurasaari is Helsinki’s most enchanting outdoor museum, which displays ancient wooden houses. There is even a barbeque spot for grilling your own food.
Helsinki has atmospheric city saunas, such as the trendy Löyly in Hernesaari. The lovely Culture Sauna is in Hakaniemi. Design is present everywhere in Helsinki. Go and see the wonderful city library Oodi, art gallery Amos Rex, the orange metro or market canopies at the Kauppatori marketplace. Visit design stores, such as Marimekko, Iittala and Pentik.
Helsinki’s restaurants make a lasting impression with their versatility. Feast on trendy local produce, micro-brewery beers, natural wines, specialty coffee and of course local delicacies such as bread cheese and cloudberry-jam, herring-patties, Karelian pies, Salmiakki-vodka and cranberry long drink.
The biggest events in the city are music festivals Flow, Tuska (pain), Sideways and Weekend, massive startup exhibition Slush, Night of Arta, LUX Helsinki and multi-disciplinary festival for arts, the Helsinki Festival Week.
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