The geography of **Helsinki** is much like that of Finland itself, intimately related to water, wrapping itself around islands, inlets, waterways and bays. The architecture is varied and this reflects the atmosphere of the city itself. There are beautiful art-nouveau buildings and traditional cafes and restaurants that haven't changed in a century. But there is also a cutting-edge aspect to the city, with one of the most innovative and exciting design scenes in the world. A visit to the Design District will reveal a fascinating collection of galleries, studios and workshops.
Things to do in Helsinki
Helsinki offers a huge variety of experiences for almost every type of visitor and at every time of the year. Great shopping, impressive sights, fabulous food and a buzzing nightlife: this city has it all.
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Events in Helsinki
The city has a great year-round calendar of events to suit everyone's taste. There are concerts, art exhibitions, shopping and market experiences and outdoor installations. The city's residents really do go to great lengths to put on a show for visitors at any time of the year and they are experts in brightening up cold and dark winter nights. Here are some of the annual highlights.
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