Helsinki is the cultural center of Finland. English speaking tourists will welcome the fact that nearly 90% of the residents in this metropolitan city also speak English in addition to the native language as well as several other European languages. There are many things to do in Helsinki, so many in fact that potential visitors should do themselves a favor and plan out their trip before hand to encompass the various seasonal festivals that they may want to attend. Vappu is a daylong festival where students take over the city center and have a huge party. Nearly all the bars and restaurants in the city center participate in the party that lasts all night and into the next morning. This should definitely be on a visitor’s itinerary if they love to party. Helsinki is not all about the parties however, a beautiful cluster of islands surrounds the city center and makes a great tourist destination. Additionally there are several parks located in and around the city that offer various amenities such as live theaters or cafes.
Because Helsinki is a large metropolitan city finding a Helsinki hotel- Helsinki restaurant is incredibly easy; similar to finding a place to eat or sleep in New York or Paris. Much like everything else in Helsinki though its restaurants and hotels are very expensive. Lunch is the cheapest time to eat, as often times you will be able to find a lunch special that offers a discount. Beyond this however the only cheap food in Helsinki is fast food such as the American McDonald’s. If your budget allows you will find excellent international dining, however if you’re on a budget Helsinki dining can be somewhat limited.