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Weekend Breaks to Helsinki

Planning a short break to Helsinki? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Helsinki. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Helsinki. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Helsinki Festival

The festival aims to display Finnish performing and creative arts and is the most diverse event in the Finnish cultural calendar.It consists of classical and contemporary music, dance, theatre, cinema, performance and art exhibitions, popular and world music and has special programmes for children and families.

During the festival, the Night of Arts takes place, where every year, thousands take part in night-long events, as well as the Huvila festival tent, which is set up to provide a stage for world class music artists.

For more on the festival visit www.helsinkifestival.com

Temppeliaukio Church

Lutherinkatu 3. The Church is one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions and is quarried out of natural bedrock.The interior walls are created naturally by the rock.Due to its excellent acoustics, the church is a popular venue for concerts, a popular and regular, being the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The church is open Mon - Sat, closed on Sundays.

National Museum of Finland

Mannerheimintie 34. The museum displays Finnish history, right from prehistoric times to the present day, with major archaelogical finds, the development of Finnish society and culture from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the present.The museum also houses temporary exhibitions. It is closed on Mondays, with free entrance on Tuesdays and is located in the city centre.

For more information on museums in Helsinki, go to www.nba.fi

Kaivopuisto Park

elsinki's oldest and best known park, its surrounded by embassies and villas. The nearby sea, rock cliffs and green lawns offer many opportunities to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The highest point of the park is at the Ursa Observatory, with panaroma views over Helsinki and the sea. There are several cafes and restaurants along the shore here as well as on the nearby neighbouring islands.

Senate Square and Market Square

ocated in the heart of the city, at the corner of Unioninkatu and Aleksonterinkatu streets, the Senate square and surrounding buildings form an unique and cohesive example of Neo-classical architecture. The square is decorated by three buildings designed by C.L.Engel between 1822 and 1852, being the Cathedral, the Council of State and the University of Helsinki.In the immediate vicinity is the National Libray, the Sofiankatu museum street, Esplanade park and the Market Square, which in summer is filled with stalls selling fruit, vegetables and souvenirs. It is also a great place to admire, taste and purchase fresh and smoked fish.

For more on the centre of Helsinki, visit helsinki.fi

Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Sea Life

The amusement park has traditionally been the highlight of every Finnish child's summer holiday for the past 50 years.It offers thrills for the whole family, with the rollercoaster being the perennial favourite. There are all the latest rides, with at least one new one being offered every year.The Sea Life complex takes you on a voyage from tropical oceans to the Artic Sea and presents many species whose enviroments are under threat. Visitors can not only see live creatures, but also inter-active presentations.

For more on this, visit www.linnanmaki.fi

HelsinkiMenu

In 2000, Helsinki celebrated its 450th anniversary, but also was one of the Cultural Cities of Europe. The HelsinkiMenu was introduced as a visible, culinary offering of the Finnish capital and to make Finnish gastronomy better known and to promote high-class Finnish ingredients.Each chef creates delicious meals with the best seasonal Finnish ingredients.There are some 15 restaurants that offer the HelsinkiMenu, in addition to their own. Some of these restaurants are the Marski Bar and Restaurant, The Restaurant Arthur, Kokki, Lasipalatsi and Torni.

For more on which restaurants offer this unique Finnish experience, visit www.helsinkimenu.info

Aleksanterinkatu

This long, pedestrianised street connecting Mannerheimintie with the Senate Square, contains many shops and several department stores, making it a good place to purchase your gifts and souvernirs.Running parallel to this, is the two Esplanadis ( Pohjois - North and Etela - South) which offer a glittering showcase of shops with Finnish designs like Hackman, Karvinen, Marimekko and Artek

Cygnaeus Gallery

Kalliolinnantie 8. This gallery is one of the oldest art museums in Finland and was opened in 1882.The gallery exhibits are built around the art collection that was donated by Prof. Fredirik Cygnaeus to the Finnish nation. While the basic collection consists of 19th Century Finnish art, the gallery also holds special exhibitions and concerts. It is open Wednesday to Sundays only.

For more, visit www.nba.fi

Korkeasaari Zoo

There is a motorboat connection from the Market square and Hakaniemi daily and a bridge connection from Mustikkamaa Island all year round. The zoo is one of the oldest in the world and was founded in 1889.

You will meet most animals all the way from the tropical rainforest to the Artic tundra. There are approximately 200 different animal species in the zoo, of which 80% can be seen thoroughout the year. Artic rarities like the Polar fox, European forest raindeer, snowy owl and musk ox can all be found outside all through summer and winter. It

It is open all year round and you can visit their website at www.korkeascari.fi

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