Helsinki Tourist Traps

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Most Viewed Tourist Traps in Helsinki

  • 1. Kiasma (The Museum of Contemporary Art)

    This might be a nice modern building, but a waste of money and time if you will get to the exhibitions inside. In the summer, just sit at the terrace café, nice and peaceful place pointing to the west...

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  • 2. Linnanmaki Amusement Park

    Okay, it's an attractionpark and it's very close to the city. But that's about it. It's mind of rundown, no atmosphere andn no special attractions. Though not cheap. If you want to go to an...

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  • 4. Water bus/ferry services to Suomenlinna

    In summertime, you find loads of sightseeing looking like boats (water busses) docked right in front of the Market Square ready to take you to Suomenlinna for a...

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  • 5. Food joints to avoid - rubbish food

    In general, the Tex-Mex joints in Helsinki (e.g. 'Chicos', 'Iguanas', 'Santa Fe', Cantina West', 'Colorado' just to name a few) are something I'd steer away...

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  • 6. Helsinki Tourist Card

    There are a lot of "recommendations" (not just on this website, but in general) to get the Helsinki Tourist Card. However, I would NOT recommend this.I did look...

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  • 7. City Apartments

    The City Apartments in Helsinki seems to me a big rip off compare to the rest of Europe. You can get for the price one bed apartment a double room in 4 star...

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  • 8. Suomenlinna fotress JL boat trip

    The JL boat tour to the fortress is near the corner or start of the K markets.They have an interesting set up where they don't sell you the ticket till the boat...

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  • 9. Suomenlinna/Sveaborg

    Suomenlinna , or Sveaborg.One of the main reasons for building Sveaborg was to help Sweden counter the ambitions of Russia, whose principal military base in the...

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  • 10. The tourist bus

    The tourist bus is very expensive in my opinion, last time I checke3d they charged about 25€ for a jump on and off-trip, and you can get away cheaper than...

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  • 11. The Boat Tours

    Near the Fish Market in front of the Lutheran Cathedral, there are offers for a boat tour around the Islands off of Helsinki (such as IHA Lines). They'll charge...

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  • 12. Water

    Water in drink stands is very expensive. Buy water from the grocery and not from kiosks around the city. There's this gift shop (Kioski) that sells water at...

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  • 13. International aquarium

    Sea Life Helsinki is attached to Linnanmäki-amusement park. It's great for families and for people interested in sea life.I've visited the place and liked it,...

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  • 14. The Sibelius monument

    The Sibelius monuments is an abstact monument for the Finnish classical music composer Jean "Janne" Sibelius. The monument looks like a grey matchstick puzzle....

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  • 15. Helsinki Card

    Because of my work I got a Helsinki Card for 24 hours for free. So I had the chance to try out what you can do with it. Here's my opinion about it:The card...

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  • 16. Official Helsinki is silent about it's airport

    If you look at the web pages of Helsinki Tourist Office, you find nothing about Malmi Airport (see http://www.hel.fi/tourism/EN/matko.asp)Although the place has...

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  • 17. Fur hats

    When you come off the ferry you'll find a tiny market just before entering the city center. Don't be fooled by those little stalls. A fur hat easily costs over...

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  • 18. Drink prizes in city centre

    I don't think this is a tourist trap, per se, since they are exploiting us all. However, what I must again complain is that the alcohol prizes in city centre...

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  • 19. Local Trap

    This isn't really a tourist trap but a trap for locals as well. Every club in Helsinki closes at 4 am. If you have to get a taxi afterwards you will have to...

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  • 20. Find a public WC

    It is very difficult find a Public WC in Helsinki (perhaps you can need a map to find it) and they are expensive (1 Euro to use it). You need walk from Central...

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  • 21. McIrish-pubs....

    I don't get this thing with Irish pubs. You see one - you've seen 'em all. It's like visiting the bar chain of McDonald's. So if you have an Irish bar where you...

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  • 22. even if you understood finnish

    before everything I have to apologise in advance, for my trap is an national institution and some sort of a holy cow in finland, so please finns do forgive...

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  • 23. Heureka- Finnish Science Centre

    If you are bored with shopping and dining in Helsinki, how about a day trip to Heureka? Heureka is a big science centre located in Vantaa, but you can reach it...

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  • 24. Banks - Cash - Exchange

    How to get to your money?Banks - what an annoying and shamefull chapter in finnish public service system, indeed.Don't even think about of stepping inside a...

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  • 25. The church in the rock

    The church in the rock 'Temppeliaukio church'. It's No. 1 tourist attraction but I think it's the ugliest church in Helsinki, all the others are much...

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