Despite its size Helsinki is a city with so much to see. Proving lively, but not bustling, it is an intimate place that can easily be explored on foot. Its coastal location also provides for an ideal summer time experience with the open air museum at Seurasaari Island, or the Suomenlinna Fortress.
The city is a testament to its historical past and its various architectural influences, impressing all who visit. The wide avenues show the progression from Gothic styles to more the contemporary art deco and cutting-edge designs, testament to the Finns desire to association with the latest trends and high technology. The architectural splendor culminates in the Senate Square designed by Carl Ludwig Engel through the 19th century. This neo-classical centre piece has given Helsinki the epithet “The White City Of The North”, with the Lutheran Cathedral being the most prominent building in the city. Even in winter this city proves welcoming, with the warm glow of fascinating lights illuminating the dark winter days.
Helsinki is a distinctly beautiful city, whether visited in its winter majesty or bright summer splendor.