What to Do in Helsinki
Helsinki is by far Finland's most cosmopolitan city and, while no London or New York, there is a fairly good selection of people from all around the world.
- Hietaniemi Beach, Hietaniemenkatu. It's safe to say that most people don't come to Helsinki for the beaches, but on a hot summer day Hietsu (as it is known among the locals) is the place to see Finns unpeel their winter coats. Beach volleyball, swimming and various events are popular. Bus 55A from Kamppi/Rautatientori, or just walk (15-20 min from the center).
- Linnanmäki is the oldest amusement park in Finland and famous for its wooden rollercoaster. Entrance to the park is free of charge, all-day passes 28€ (adults) / 18€ (children). Open only during the summer, but the adjacent Sea Life aquarium at Tivolikuja 1 is open throughout the year. Tram 3T, 3B or 8 and bus 23.
- Serena Water Amusement Park, Tornimäentie 10, Espoo (bus 339), tel. 09 88705555. The largest water park in the Nordic countries with some 2,000 m² of heated pools indoors. The buildings have seen their best days, but kids love the water slides. An extra 1000 m² of outdoor area is open in the summer, but Serena is at its best in winter when you can kick back in a jacuzzi and watch people ski on the other side of the glass windows. All-day pass 19€, evening pass (from 4 PM) 15€. Open 11 AM to 8 PM daily.
- Visit a typical Finnish farm: at the Härmälä Farm/Kuppis Gård in Vantaa (Mäntykummuntie 6, situated in the lovely village of Sotunki- traditional wooden houses surrounded by a picturesque landscape) you can meet animals representing the traditional Finnish stock: cows, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and pets. Open by arrangement around the year (tel. +358 9 876 7339, +358 400 880 539). 3 €/each, families 10 €.
- Kotiharjun Sauna, Harjutorinkatu 1, Kallio District. Only remaining wood burning public sauna in Helsinki. Separate saunas for men and women. 8 € for adults, students 6,5 €. Washing service and folk medicine (kuppaus) also available. There´s good chance for finding top level chess match at dressing room. Don't miss cooling off outside, especially in winter. On saturdays you´ll find bachelor partyers(Kotiharju is pretty near to Kallio's nightlife).
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