Our illustrated travel guide will take you to Helsinki, Finland.
Founded in 1550, Helsinki the "Daughter of the Baltic" has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movie.
Today, Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel. The best time to visit is in summer, when Finns peel off their overcoats and flock to outdoor bars and cafes to enjoy the sunshine.
The architects Johan Albrecht Ehrenström, a native Finn, and Carl Ludwig Engel, from Germany rebuilt the city in the Empire style. This can be seen today around the Lutheran Cathedral, which was completed in 1852. The same style, and even architects, is also a part of Saint Petersburg's history.
Though thoroughly a Nordic capital, Helsinki today reflects the influences gained from its Western and Eastern heritage.
Finding Internet access when out and about can be problematic so carry your mobile guidebook in the palm of your hand. We include a fully linked Table of Contents and internally to access context-specific information quickly and easily when offline. Many web links are included as well for additional information.
Welcome To Helsinki
Language & Dialect
By organized tour
Museums and galleries
Department stores and shopping malls
Bars, Clubs & Drinking
Bars and pubs
Safety & Security
Local & Day Trips
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