When you visit Helsinki be sure to take a ride aboard the Sporakoff (the name loosely translates to beer tram). The entire journey around town takes 45 minutes.
Built in the 19th century, Senate Square is the heart of the city. You'll find the Lutheran Helsinki Cathedral as well as the government building, the Council of the State.
Fabianinkatu 33, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
In Finland, the sauna is an active social experience. Swimming suits are actually prohibited. It is a very popular pastime. After cleansing all those toxins, the traditional way to end the sauna experience is with a beer and a sausage.
The Esplanade is Helsinki's most picturesque boulevard and a very popular destination for out-of-town visitors. Finnish design institutions Iittala, Marimekko and Artek all have shops along the Esplanade.
The Arabia Factory Shop
You can drop a lot of cash in Iittala, the upscale design store, unless you know where the discount factory shop is. Get on the No. 6 tram at the Esplanade, and you'll be at the impressive Arabia factory shop in 6 minutes.
Hämeentie 135, 00560 Helsinki, Finland
The Klaus K Hotel is within walking distance of more than 800 restaurants. It's also an incredibly stylish boutique hotel where the elements of its decor are inspired by an old Finnish myth called Kalevala.
The Covered Market
The covered market has stood on the banks of the city's South Harbor since the 1800s.
Helsinki boasts many Russian restaurants. Of these, Saslik is the best with menu items that include Baltic herring and bear wrapped in bacon with an assortment of berries.
Jungfrustigen 12, 00140 Helsinki, Finland
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