Helsinki is a unique and diverse city, where tradition meets contemporary Scandinavian style. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts, unique experiences and friendly people. The city's attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, which offers an endless number of exciting opportunities.
In the heart of Helsinki's archipelago, is located the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is open year round. The fortress islands offer lots to see and do for visitors of all ages: bastion walls, cannons, tunnels, museums, cafés and restaurants.
The symbol of Helsinki is the brilliant white cathedral known in Finnish as Tuomiokirkko that towers above Senate Square. The square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture.
Situated close to Senate Square are the popular Market Square and Esplanade Park, where locals and visitors alike can catch their breath amidst the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Across the Market Square in the Katajanokka district is the Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church edifice in Western Europe. The cathedral is one of the most visible reminders of the Russian influence on Finnish history. In stark contrast to the redbrick cathedral with its gold domes, Temppeliaukio Church in the Töölö district is an icon of modern architecture that was quarried out of the natural bedrock. The 'rock church' is the most popular architectural attraction in Finland.