Helsinki is the capital city of Finland, and one of the country's premier vacation destinations. Often compared to Paris, Helsinki has a romantic ambience, stunning architecture, rich history, natural beauty, and a culture of artistic exploration and preservation. From aged cathedrals to peaceful island recreation parks, Helsinki is an ideal venue for relaxation and rejuvenation. Hotels in Helsinki range from lavish luxury hotels and honeymoon accommodations to budget inns and hostels.
Helsinki Congress Paasitorni hosts conventions including Finland's largest anime expo and offers an on-site luxury Helsinki hotel. The Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre hosts fashion shows, antiquing events, contemporary arts exhibits, and beauty fairs.
Although influenced by French, Russian, and Scandinavian cuisine, Finland has a cuisine all its own. Local restaurants like Atelje Finne and Muru showcase Finnish culinary innovation and tradition, emphasizing fresh fish, rich desserts, and organic produce.
Helsinki's Esplanade combines local shops and restaurants, a stunning city park, historic landmarks, and native architecture on a strip ideal for walking tours. The area is particularly beautiful in the winter when pristine snow reflects holiday lights.
Guests at hotels in Helsinki are greeted by a diverse array of shopping experiences, from the magnificent Stockmann's Department Store and its upscale retail items to the Hakaniemi Market Square street market.
Visitors at Helsinki hotels can enjoy the nation's most popular sport, ice hockey, at the Helsinki Ice Hall, where the HIFK play, or at the Hartwall Arena, home of the Jokerit Helsinki.