Helsinki Travel Guide
Helsinki, capital of Finland, is the "White City of the North." There are low white blocks of unadorned granite in the city center; Neoclassical buildings, also largely white, fronting on the city's Senate Square, among them the huge white Helsinki Cathedral; and Art Nouveau – Jugend to the Finns – gems in the city's Katajanokka and Ullanlinna residential districts. Still, even as a prominent city of the north, Helsinki stands apart from all other Nordic capitals, both in its looks and feel, with its streetscapes and stark architectural functionalism reminiscent more of Russian cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg than Scandinavian or Western European ones. In fact, Hollywood filmmakers have long made Cold War-era thrillers on location in the Finnish capital, among them the likes of The Kremlin Letter (1970) and Gorky Park (1983), feigning Soviet settings. The city, in any case, is thoroughly cosmopolitan, with trendy bars and clubs, a good selection of cafés and restaurants, chic shopping venues, first-rate museums, galleries and theaters, abundant parks, a Design District that runs for blocks, and a binge-drinking culture centered on locally-brewed lagers, gin-based sparkling cocktails known as "long drinks," and Finlandia Vodka mixes imbibed as "Mannerheim's shots." Ultimately, though, there's no denying that Helsinki, a city of saunas and ice hockey, bordered on three sides by the Baltic Sea, remains a bridge between Europe and Russia, with one foot in each.
Helsinki is the northernmost million-plus urban area in the world and the northernmost capital in the European Union. It is located near the southern tip of Finland, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland which is an extension of the Baltic Sea. From Stockholm, Sweden, it lies 250 miles (400 kilometers) to the east; from St. Petersburg, Russia, 190 miles (300 kilometers) to the west; and from Tallinn, Estonia, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north. There are three other cities within the Greater Helsinki Metropolitan Area: Espoo, the largest of them all, and Vantaa and Kauniainen.
Helsinki's main airport is the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, located in the Vantaa part of greater Helsinki. It is the gateway to not only Helsinki but Finland, with several international and domestic carriers arriving and departing from there, making the city easily accessible.
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