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The modern and historic Helsinki

In southern Finland, the city is full of parks and lakes. It is built on a narrow tongue of land, which invade the waters of the Baltic with many small peninsulas. Perimeter infinitely small islands protect the natural port, so you think that this is a lake rather than the sea. Although it is relatively a new city, it has places with history, such as the Art Nouveau buildings and the historic cafes furniture interwar and ultramodern construction. They are also pioneers in design and architecture internationally.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Typical image of Helsinki is one of the harbor with icebreakers and huge ferry, the old port to be the heart of the city. As you move towards the center, you will find the Esplanadi boulevard with shops and art galleries, which is adorned with statues of great men of Finland. The commercial center of the city lies in the station square Kauppatori, fashion shops, restaurants and banks. Helsinki is considered one of the most interesting markets in northern Europe and is generally a cool town, with leisurely world, which seems to enjoy what he does.

Esplanadi boulevard

Esplanadi boulevard

A perfect day trip is that in the fortified island Suomenlinna, which is considered a World Heritage of UNESCO. The castle was built in 1748 for the protection of the Swedes against the Russians, but finally surrendered to the Russians in 1808. You will find several cafes to relax, but you can also imitate the locals, who prefer the picnics.

Suomenlinna island

Suomenlinna island

At breakfast and the main dishes you will find many types of fish, smoked or cured meats, soups and of course, cranberry juice and cookies with cinnamon and ginger. You will find, many elements of Russian cuisine, with dishes such as bear, and local pasta. The colder months come with the smell of donuts and sausages cooked in beer joints, while summer will try, along with locals, fragrant strawberries straight from the stalls. The most famous dish is smoked salmon on Finnish wood, which is cosidered the best in Europe.

Salmon & Fish

Salmon & Fish

View more here: A trip to the ice cool nature of Lapland.

By Nicole P.

Helsinki photos: Fernanda, Juuso Aalto, silpol, Sampo Reponen.

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