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A literal meeting point of east and west, Helsinki is sleek, modern, and quiet—just like the Finnish culture. Thanks to that love of design through the years, there are delightful architectural fillips throughout the city, expansive terraces for outdoor drinking in summer, and a high quality of life for visitors and residents alike.
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Experiences

  • Finnish design is justly lauded, and much of it, old and new, can be seen at the Designmuseo. The museum collects everything from furniture to ceramics.
  • Sauna culture is big in Finland; have a schvitz at one of the country's 1.6 million baths. Most hotels have saunas, and you can also try one at a public pool.
  • Sample Finland's tastiest treats at the Old Market Hall. Fish roe, wooden handicrafts, and more are all on display at this waterfront location.

Festivals

  • Helsinki Day, on June 12, celebrates the city's birthday with free entrance to museums and other attractions.
  • The Savonlinna Opera Festival takes place in late July.

Side Trips

  • Visitors to Fiskars Village, home of the famed orange scissors, can also try their hand at glass blowing and tour the factory.

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