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HOTEL & TRAVEL GUIDE - HELSINKI, FINLAND, EUROPE

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Finland a Country from a Fairy Tale   by Celsey

Visit Helsinki and take in the Finnish capital's amazing cultural scene   by Martin McAllister

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As the capital of Finland, Helsinki offers countless ways to spend your holiday: it is, for instance, a centre of artistic culture in Scandinavia, with a number of museums and galleries to visit. It also affords various settings for visitors to enjoy; from a remarkable cityscape to natural parks and preserves. However, despite its large size, Helsinki is an intimate city - and while it is carries a lively atmosphere, it's not particularly bustling. This makes the city particularly easy to walk around and so enjoy its various attractions, cafés and marketplaces at leisure. It's also an ideal holiday destination for individuals, couples and families. Boasting such attractions as the Linnanmäki amusement park, the Merimaailma Sea Life aquarium and the Korkeasaari Helsinki Zoo, children - as well as adults - can take delight in Helsinki's countless splendours.

Located along the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki boasts many kilometres of coastline stunning - a geographic feature which makes it ideal to visit during the summer months. The nearby islands, which visitors can access by ferry, are especially popular with locals and tourists. Among Helsinki's most frequented coastal attractions are Nietaniemi Beach in the district of Töölö, the Seurasaari Island with its parks and open air museum and the Suomenlinna naval fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Streetcar, Helsinki, Finland
Streetcar, Helsinki, Finland
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The architecture in Helsinki is also one of its highest appeals; the city is strewn with neo-medieval castles and buildings, as well as neo-classic structures which were often used as backdrops for Hollywood movies set in the Cold War era. However, the city is best known for its beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, which date from the early 1900s. Helsinki is also home to a number of architecturally unique churches, most of which are Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Orthodox.

As Finland's 'culture capital,' Helsinki can also boast a vast range of art galleries and museums. The largest historical museum in Helsinki is the National Museum of Finland, which holds a large collection dating from prehistoric times to the 21st century. Other major historical museums in the city include the Helsinki City Museum, the University Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Finnish National Gallery is another large art venue and houses the Ateneum Art Museum for classical Finnish art, the Sinebrychoff Art Museum for classical European art and the Kiasma Art Museum for modern Art - which is also said to be Helsinki's most architecturally controversial building.

Theatregoers visiting Helsinki are sure to be impressed by the city's grandiose theatres: the Finnish National Theatre, the Helsinki City Theatre and the Finland Swedish Svenska Teatern all host spectacular small to large-scale productions throughout the year. The city also boasts a range of fantastic music venues, including the Finnish National Opera and the Finlandia concert hall.

You'll find a number of hotels in Helsinki located near the city's top attractions, making it easy for you to experience all the surrounding splendours of the city. So next time you're considering a city break, why not head to the spectacular city of Helsinki? With its amazing culture, stunning scenery and unparalleled excitement, you're guaranteed a remarkable time. 

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About the Author - Martin McAllister is a freelance online journalist. He lives in Scotland.

FEATURED HOTELS IN HELSINKI, FINLAND

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Cumulus Kaisaniemi Hotel Helsinki
Featuring an elegant decor and warm hospitality, Cumulus Kaisaniemi Hotel Helsinki welcomes you for an unforgettable vacation.  Located in the heart of Helsinki, the Cumulus Kaisaniemi Hotel is right next to the underground station. This property is 3 kilometres from the Pasila and 18 kilometres from the Helsinki Airport.  This hotel offers 104 well-appointed accommodation units that have been elegantly furnished with an array of in-room amenities to ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves delicious dishes.  The hotel also offers well-appointed meeting room that cater to your important business and private events. During leisure, you can also relax at the sauna.
Holiday Inn Helsinki
Conveniently located in the business district of Pasila in Helsinki and interconnected to the Helsinki Fair and Conference Center, the Holiday Inn Helsinki hotel is very popular with business and conference travelers as well as leisure travelers. With focus on flawless service, attention to detail, and impressive food and beverage offerings, the hotelís guests will leave with warm memories.  The Holiday Inn Helsinki hotel is located just a few minutes from the Helsinki city centre and the beautiful architecture of Helsinki. Many sports and event arenas, such as Hartwall Arena, the Swimming Arena and Finnair Stadium are all close by the Holiday Inn Helsinki.  The hotel offers free access to Minigym and Finnish sauna. The Holiday Inn Helsinki has an entire floor with special attention and care taken for people with allergies.
Holiday Inn Helsinki City West
The Holiday Inn Helsinki City West is a high class business hotel in the modern Ruoholahti district in Helsinki. The pleasantly functional interior meets international standards and makes sure that so businesstravelers as leisure travelers will enjoy their stay. The location by the Länsiväylä highway, close to the metro and the harbour ensures great connections. All of the most imprtant sights and shopping possibilities are easy to reach. The hotle is located only a 30 minutes drive from Helsinki Airport.
Radisson Sas Royal Hotel Helsinki
The Radisson Sas Royal Hotel is 804 metres from Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki, Finland. The hotel is within one kilometre of the central train station and the Gulf of Bothnia. Töölön Lake, Market Square, Senate Square and Sederholm House are less than two kilometres from the hotel. The Gulf of Finland is approximately two kilometres away. Radisson Sas Royal Hotel features fresh barbecue and music by Sonic Scetch at Restaurant Grill It. The bar specializes in martinis. The hotel's saunas are available mornings and nights. The rooftop terrace is offered for a fee with reservations. The hotel provides complimentary wireless internet access. a business centre is available. Complimentary buffet-style breakfasts are served.
Scandic Continental Helsinki Hotel Helsinki
Stay at the fashionable Scandic Continental hotel, 10 minutes walk from the city centre and Helsinki attractions. Go to a concert or sports event at the nearby stadiums, or walk round the beautiful bay to Linnanmäki Amusement Park and Sea Life. Do business in one of 14 meeting rooms or the Club Ambassador Lounge. Enjoy wireless internet access throughout the hotel at no extra charge.  Work out in the Imperial Health Club or take a dip in the heated rooftop pool at the Scandic Continental hotel. Sample Scandinavian flavours at Restaurant Lastu. Helsinki attractions, the Olympic Stadium and Hietaniemi beach are a 10-minute walk away, as is Linnanmäki amusement park. All kids are welcome to Scandic Continental. 
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