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Helsinki, Finland is one of the most sophisticated, cosmopolitan capital on the Baltic is one of Europe's most vibrant and welcoming cities Helsinki is a northern gateway between east and west. The four seasons are quite marked in Helsinki, each making its distinctive impact on the cityscape and the variety of events.

From its stunning architecture to tree-lined avenues and parks, colorful market square and harbor, it is a city of contrasts where visitors will find world-class sightseeing, culture, shopping, dining and entertainment. The architecture of Helsinki, Finland is rather a captivating collage of the Russian Empire period neo-classicism and modern architecture. The beautiful archipelago and verdant recreation areas are an integral part of Helsinki Finland, as are the city's diversified cultural offerings, busy night life and friendly people. This year's top events offer graceful examples of sport and design. The current year has been declared Design Year in Finland. The Finnish Design Year 2005 convenes visitors and locals alike - ranging from internationally renowned actors to friends of practical design. Works of top-class Finnish designers are on display in museums, shopping streets and numerous events. Helsinki is hot and cool holiday city, easily discovered on foot and also on guided tours, both on land and at sea.

The best way to get acquainted with Helsinki Finland is one of the many city sightseeing tours. They are an ideal way to get to know Helsinki's sights and special attractions, including the historical city center and the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House, stops at Senate Square, the Sibelius Monument and, when possible, Temppeliaukio Church - The "Rock" Church.

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Helsinki Tourist Attractions
The Lutheran Cathedral

The Lutheran Cathedral is a popular site worth to visit in Helsinki with its huge green dome overlooking the city. Lutheran Cathedral is well-designed by Carl Ludwig Engel, this masterpiece was consecrated in 1852. A powerfully stark neo-classical building, the interior part reflects the architectural perfection of the exterior. Nothing is charged to visit Lutheran Cathedral and it is open to the public each day. So, you must not miss this Lutheran Cathedral while visiting Helsinki, Finland.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral
St. Russian Orthodox Cathedral holds historical significance of Finland. Constructed in 1868 on a rocky outcrop on Katajanokka peninsula, this Russian Orthodox Cathedral is a reminder of the influence of Russia over the history of Finland and that the country belonged to Russia until 1919. It is now Western Europe's largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral . A statue of Tzar Alexander II still stands in the square in front of Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
Seurasaari Open Air Museum

Seurasaari Open Air Museum is another famous site in Helsinki, which is situated on a small island linked to the mainland by a footbridge. This Open-Air Museum houses folk and farm buildings from all over Finland . Founded in 1909, Open Air Museum Seurasaari gives an outstanding overview of life in Finland from the 18th to the 20th century. One of the main exhibits at Seurasaari Open Air Museum is the beautiful 17th century Karuna Church.

Temppeliaukio Church (The Rock Church)

Temppeliaukio Church, also known as 'Rock Church' is located right in the heart of Helsinki, Finland. This Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki got shaped by two architect brothers from a solid rocky outcrop in 1969. Due to its superb acoustics, Temppeliaukio Church is sometimes used as a concert hall. A visit to Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki will probably be the most unusual spiritual experience that you will ever have, whether you are religious or not !

The Harbor Museum
The Harbor Museum is a very popular site in Helsinki worth to visit. Designed by three of Finland's greatest early architects, this Harbour Museum Helsinki boasts the fines art and architecture of the ancient Finland. One of the highlights of Harbour Museum is the Finno-Ugric exhibit. The Harbour Museum cafe serves light meals and Finnish treats.
Senate Square

Senate Square is another popular site in Helsinki, Finland. This Senate Square Helsinki is considered as one of Europe's finest neoclassical squares. It houses the Senate building, the University building and the Lutheran Cathedral. A popular meeting point, the square is particularly lively in August during the Helsinki festival and on December 6th when there is a torchlight procession across the Senate Square. Make sure to warm up in Cafe Engel, a popular hangout just across from the Cathedral.

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