"Exotic" Travel in Helsinki

If you are a savvy traveller, you know there is more to Europe than London, Paris and Rome, so why not include one of the more exotic European capitals in your next trip in Europe? Helsinki – the capital of Finland -should have a top ranking on this list.

 Helsinki

There is plenty to explore, although the city is only a fraction of the size of Paris or Berlin.

Luckily most of Helsinki’s people speak English well enough, or you could try to master the language in a 10-year course. Unlike a trip to France or Germany, picking up catchy phrases from a guide book during your flight could be challenging without an audio sample player. 

Street names and words with seven “i”s will make you look into your guidebook with a silly look on your face as you try seven different pronounciations in your head. This makes a taxi ride as exotic as in Japan for most Americans, and talking with your hands may just in fact look like a mime in Paris.  Speaking of taxis: the basic starting fare when you board a taxi at Helsinki’s Vantaa airport to the city center can set you back nearly EUR 50,00.

Helsinki is not a tourist-filled wonderland of activities. That does not mean you cannot spend 4 or 5 days for a visit. It’s more about capturing the full picture of Helsinki and Finland: What the people are like; What the culture is; What is the fashion of the year; What to do for a day trip; What food to sample…

Hotel Kämp

Hotel Kamp

Popular stops include visits to the Senate Square with its neo-classical Cathedral; Esplanade Park with elegant shops and the posh Hotel Kämp; the “Rock” church with modern architecture, quarried out of the natural bedrock with excellent acoustics for concerts; the orthodox church with its golden cupolas showing the Russian impact of former times.

Helsinki

During a summer trip you can enjoy long days and a 20 minute ferry ride to Suomenlinna, nbso online casino reviews an island with a maritime fortress and beautiful views of other sides of the city at the sea.

Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna

If you travel in winter time you should not miss a visit to your hotel’s sauna (you may pay to visit other hotel spas) or even better: To Yrjönkatu, an amazingly restored swimming hall from the 1920s.

A cheap and fun way to see different neighbourhoods is to jump on a tram. One of the most interesting neighbourhoods you will see is the Design District with many shops, galleries, hotel Klaus K and the Design Forum of Finland showing most of the country’s well-known names in design and art. You will find top brands and trend-setting designers for clothes, goods and furniture.

Hotel Klaus K

Klaus K

Many find their favourite thing to do in Helsinki is: Checking out restaurants ! Not only so-called-typical Finnish food like elk. Not that it’s an aweful experience, but admit it, you”ll likely try it to show off next time when your friends compare what exotic meat everybody ate on a trip rather than to enjoy a fantastic dinner.

There has been a development in Helsinki’s restaurant scene that brings very creative chefs from all around the world into this city’s kitchens. The food is very fresh and of high quality, the meals are creative and restaurants offer various atmospheres.

Try “Sasso”, a Tuscan restaurant with fantastic food and an exceptional wine list. The service is outstanding and you can dare to ask for details of a wine and you will get the full story including who created the label on the bottle. Similar situation at “Fishmarket” , situated below “Sasso” in the same building and has the same owner but different approach and style. Despite its location in a cellar, it is very bright and crisp in style. The fish is delicious. Both restaurants can be found at the end of Esplanade street towards the port.

For restaurant turning to club, try Restaurant Zetor for perfect location, and a place not to take the whole world-traveler thing too seriously. Guests match this style – without attitude as you may experience in New York or Paris.

For an unbeatable 4-star hotel stay, look to GLO Hotel Art from under $100 summer rate!

Glo Hotel Helsinki

 

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