Activities and sightseeing
The park around the Töölö Bay begins in the heart of Helsinki and there’s a popular walking path circling the bay. The Winter Garden,
boasting hundreds of plants, is located at the north end of the bay. Wooden villas along the shores are a reminder of Helsinki’s history.
The Töölö Bay is a treasure especially for bird watchers. Töölönlahti park is a new oasis for culture and city events that has been
developed along the southern shoreline.
The Seurasaari island provides a nice setting for outdoor recreation, sun-worshippers and walkers. The tame ducks, swans and
geese swarming around the bridge welcome everybody. Having crossed the white wooden bridge a visitor can’t help running into the
happy little squirrels of the island. At the Open-Air Museum of Seurasaari the traditional Finnish way of life is displayed in the
cottages, farmsteads and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around Finland. The Kalevalakehto
Installation (2010) by students from American and Finnish schools of architecture and design is situated on the south bank of the island
and is meant for relaxing and enjoying the silence. At Seurasaari you’ll also find restaurant Seurasaari, Cafe Mieritz, kiosks and
a beach (nude-, except for Wed & Sun). Barbecuing is also possible at the grill by the Festival Ground kiosk.
City bikes in Helsinki are a popular and convenient way of getting around the city.
City bikes are shared-use bicycles that can be borrowed for a fee by anyone in central Helsinki, southern Espoo and Leppävaara, residents and visitors alike. In summer 2018, there are 2 550 yellow bikes in 150 locations around Helsinki and 105 bike stations in Espoo. The bikes are available during summer season, until 31 October.
How to use the city bikes:
The easiest way to take advantage of the city bike scheme is to register on the website hsl.fi/en/citybikes.
You can then use your personal cyclist ID or HSL Travel Card and a PIN code for collecting your bike.
Bikes can also be borrowed using a payment card without registration from five bike stations: Kaivopuisto, Unioninkatu, Rautatientori/East, Kiasma and Hakaniemi Metro Station.
You can use the bike up to 30 minutes at a time without any extra charges.
You can return the city bike to any bike station and make sure to get a confirmation that is successfully returned.
For further instructions on how to register and use the city bikes click here.
World Heritage Site Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still
part of Sweden. Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.
Suomenlinna is a popular visitor attraction and also a home of 800 residents. Welcome to Suomenlinna!
Kiasma is a contemporary art museum located in Helsinki, Finland. Kiasma is part of the Finnish National Gallery. One of the leading
museums of contemporary art in the Nordic region, Kiasma delights and provokes, impresses, surprises and entertains.
The museum showcases and collects art of our time. It seeks to make contemporary art accessible to as large an audience as possible and
thereby to offer people new experiences and new perspectives on life. Kiasma is the perfect place to enjoy and experience art.
The Kiasma building itself is a major architectural landmark. For further information click here.