Europe’s next culture hotspot: Finland

With an interesting cultural heritage and innovative tourism offerings, Helsinki, the Finnish capital, provides ample opportunities to explore its design, architecture, culture and shopping along with its large park areas, forests, lakes and the coastline to ensure there’s no dearth of natural presence.

Rich heritage buildings that speak volumes of an era gone by interspersed with new age modern architecture is what defines Helsinki, the southern capital of Finland. For those seeking a taste of rich culture, ancient design such as museums with rich historical stature to the present day, Helsinki offers a diverse European experience. Middle Eastern travellers seek a destination which offers diversity in all forms, and there has been a steady growth of travellers from the region visiting Helsinki over the past few years.

What appeals to tourists
Helsinki has some of the most prominent architectural works within the city, dating back to the 18th century. Some noteworthy architectural marvels that amaze visitors are Parliament House, Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, the famous cathedral which overlooks the harbour and long-standing hotel buildings. Relaxation and rejuvenation are vital factors for all travellers. The experience of a Finnish spa treatment is like no other as it contains different elements of treatment as per the needs of every individual. In terms of adventure, the sledge ride is an experience which is unmatchable, especially during the winter. Many companies organise such trips to give a local feel to the travellers. From Helsinki to the woodlands is only about 30 to 45 minutes.

Gastronomical experiences
The culinary scene in Helsinki is becoming popular as it uses fresh produce from urban gardens. The restaurant offerings in the city are better than ever before. Chapter uses mostly the best of Finnish seasons. The young and talented team at Chapter tries to find the perfect balance between the flavours. Grön is a Michelin star restaurant that wants to show respect to creativity, nature and to all of us by offering excellent food made from locally produced ingredients. Latva offers great and rich flavours with the twist of chef Benjamin’s own style. Ora plans their menu according to the Finnish seasons, with rapid changes to enjoy the harvests of the short but extremely rich growing season.

An old warehouse at Katajanokka Harbour gives shelter to friends of good food and drink. Ultima is taking hyperlocal produce to a new level by combining Finnish, top-of-theworld food technology and circular economy know-how. The customers can see their meal literally growing around them. Vinkkeli is founded by three experts, sharing more than 10 years’ history at Helsinki’s legendary restaurants. Wino is a cosy wine bar and restaurant offering local flavours in the heart of Kallio. Yes Yes Yes is a bustling bar and restaurant in a former McDonald’s offering vegetarian food. Way is a combination of bakery and wine bar offering natural wines and sour dough bread.

 

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