Helsinki is the largest city and also the capital of Finland. This beautiful city is situated in the Uusimaa region and bordered by Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Tallin. The weather in Helsinki is dark and cold having a long period of winter ranging from October to April. If you are planning to book a discount hotel in Helsinki, summer is the best time to go here when it is sunny. Book your accommodation now to enjoy great hotel deals.
King Gustav Vasa discovered Helsinki in 1550 A.D. and used this city as a trading area. The progress of the city started to boom after establishing the maritime fortress called Suomenlinna during half of the 18th century. Helsinki became the capital of Finland in 1812 and now considered an international metropolis.
Events, Landmarks, Activities:
Helsinki hosts many festivals annually and the most attended are the Walpurgis Night which is known for its massive parties held from April to May, Helsinki Day in June which celebrates the city's birthday and features concerts, exhibitions and tours, and the Midsummer Festival also in June when they light up a large bonfire. Aside from the world-famous Suomenlinna, there are also other wonderful attractions in Helsinki such as the Seurasaari Open Air Museum, Pihlajasaari Recreational Park and Helsinki Zoo at Korkeasaari. Must-see churches in Helsinki include the Lutheran Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral and The Church in the Rock. Kids would surely enjoy a trip to the Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Serena Water Park.
The most convenient way of getting around Helsinki is the tram which also gives great views. Other great alternative are the buses, metro, train and ferry. Taxis here are expensive as well as parking.