"Helsinki - A Real Baltic Treasure!" Helsinki by BillNJ
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Before visiting Helsinki, I had read in some guidebooks that it was a dull place without much to see and do. My advice -- ignore those guidebooks because they are wrong! During my 2-day visit, I found Helsinki to be a wonderful and vibrant city -- and I wish I had allocated even more time to explore it.
I arrived in the port of Helsinki by boat from Tallinn, Estonia. Although close in distance, Helsinki and Tallinn are far apart culturally. Tallinn is a very charming place (and also much less expensive!) and certainly worthy of a visit; however, Helsinki is a much more modern and vibrant city.
When visiting the center city, it is not necessary to have a car. Helsinki is a great walking city -- and it also has a great public transportation system consisting of trams, buses, and small subway system. Also, as mentioned previously, Helsinki has a port where you can take ferries across the Baltic Sea to nearby cities in northern Europe such as Tallinn, Estonia and Stockholm, Sweden.
I highly recommend a visit to the beautiful, modern, clean, safe, and vibrant city of Helsinki!
The Market Square on the Helsinki waterfront is a bustling place with local vendors selling produce, fish, knitted goods, jewelry, and more. Even on the rainy day in late October when I visited, it was delightful place to walk around and see the sights.
Helsinki is a port city on the Baltic Sea with a lot of ships coming and going.
- Pros:Clean, safe, beautiful, and vibrant city! Great public transportation.
- Cons:Expensive. Harsh weather at times.
- In a nutshell:Don't overlook the charms of Helsinki!
From the Market Square on the waterfront, you can see the beautiful Uspenski Orthodox Church perched atop a small hill.... more travel advice
While in Helsinki, I drank mostly Koff Lager. It's a refreshing, easy drinking beer brewed in Finland. Enjoy! more travel advice
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