Experience Helsinki in 1 Day

Whether you are having a long stopover in Helsinki and you’d like to make the most out of it or you’re planning a short trip, Helsinki is just the right city for you. Helsinki is a mixture of nature and urban living and what’s amazing, is the fact that almost everything can be reached by foot. As an alternative, if walking is not your cup of tea, our tram transportation is pretty great and most places can be reached with it. Experience Helsinki in 1 day with our travel tips!

Helsinki Cathedral

Let's start off with the Helsinki Cathedral. Needless to say, it is perhaps one of the most photographed buildings in Helsinki and with no doubt an attraction that should be visited while here. It is located right by the Senate Square, just by the city center of Helsinki. The Senate Square is surrounded by historical buildings such as the National Library of Finland, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the Government Palace.

One of the best attractions to experience in Helsinki
One main attraction to visit during your Helsinki experience

Old Market Hall

Ever since 1889, the Old Market Hall has been selling a variety of goods and foods such as fresh fish and other seafood, pastries, fruits and veggies. Customers are also able to enjoy a cup of coffee and vibe with the feeling of such a historical building. This old market building is located next to the Market Square not far from the Senate Square or city center. It has been said that the stall called 'Story' sells amazing salmon soup and it is a must-try if visiting this old market hall. 

Market Square

This international marketplace is located at the harbour. The small stalls selling a variety of different items and goods, including traditional Finnish merchandise, berries and veggies, attract a great number of customers daily during the summertime. Us Finn’s have a tradition of enjoying a ‘torikahvit’ at the market, which is just a basic cup of coffee at the market. Nothing too fancy!

Experience this popular attraction in Helsinki
A must-visit attractions in the waterfront of Helsinki

Allas Sea Pool

Now, this is an experience you don't want to miss out on! This ‘sea-spa’ is, let's say, a polished way to experience the Finnish sauna culture but totally worth it and you’ll get the hang of it. The Allas Sea Pool offers a variety of things such as wine & dine, terrace & cafes and pools & saunas. During the winter you can enjoy the experience in a heated pool, and if you’re brave enough, you can dip into the authentic sea water pool!

Temppeliaukio Rock Church

This church was built straight into solid rock in the year 1969 and it is located in the city center, at the end of Fredrikinkatu. It is a great place for concerts due to its acoustic qualities. The dome is made out of copper and the many windows on the walls and roof make the church bright and beautiful during the daytime. Every year, more than half a million people come from all over the world to see this specific architecture attraction.

This church is a great way to boost your experience in Helsinki
It's not a Helsinki experience if you leave this popular attraction out

Cafe Regatta

A small, cozy, red cabin by the sea. Always serving fresh coffee and the freshly baked cinnamon rolls are a must-try. The uniqueness of this cafe attracts the locals as well as tourists. This cafe is open throughout the year and is located in the neighbourhood of Töölö. Enjoying the outdoor terrace and fireplace during summer as well as the opportunity to do stand up paddling and kayaking are great ways to make the most out of a warm summer day in Helsinki.
While visiting Cafe Regatta, have a stop by the famous Sibelius Monument on your way! It is a memorial for the world-famous composer Jean Sibelius and it is made of approx. 600 steel tubes.