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Top Attractions In Helsinki For Free

Did you know that the capital city of Finland is famous for its incredible glassware? It’s not uncommon for traditionally made Finnish glassware to be passed down to younger generations and the pieces are kept within the same family for years!

Helsinki’s glassware fame is just one of the reasons to visit the city; it’s also known for its beautiful churches and cathedrals, vast public parks and over 30 beaches next to the sea and along the river!

If you’re planning a trip to Helsinki (we don’t blame you; it’s a fabulous place!), then we’ve got just the guide for you!

Below, you can find our list of the top 10 free attractions in Helsinki, as well as the 10 best paid activities and attractions in the city too.

Free Attractions in Helsinki

Top Rated Helsinki Attractions

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Uspenski Cathedral

The towering ornate red-bricked Uspenski Cathedral is one of Helsinki’s most famous and beautiful free attractions.

Overlooking the harbour, the cathedral makes for a great addition to the city’s skyline and is a real delight to photograph! The green and gold onion-style domes that sit atop the cathedral reflect the influence that Russia had on the making of the church.

Uspenski Cathedral is actually the largest...

Helsinki Nature E-Bike Tour

clock Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Helsinki Nature tour aims to take travelers to the awesome seaside, fields and forests by means of cycling.
  • This guarantees tourists to enjoy renowned Finnish nature while on vacation.
  • It offers tourists the opportunity to...
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Helsinki Cathedral

Throughout this guide of the top 10 free attractions in Helsinki, you’ll soon realise that there’s a common theme amongst things to do and see in the city and that’s notably Helsinki’s abundance of churches and cathedrals!

If you arrive in the city by sea, then undoubtedly the first thing you’ll see upon your arrival is Helsinki Church.

While it might have not have as an extravagant name as the...

Tallinn Day Trip by Ferry from Helsinki

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • This is a guided tour of Tallinn from Helsinki.
  • This is a overview walking tour of Tallinn.
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Free

Sibelius Park

Named after the famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius on his 80th birthday in 1945, the Sibelius Park and Monument is one of the top free attractions in Helsinki.

The Sibelius Monument consists of 600 steel tubes that capture the wind and play a soft, gentle tune as the breeze blows, as well as a bust of Jean Sibelius’ head to complete the Monument.

Even if you’re never heard of the Finnish composer, the...

Tallinn Day Trip from Helsinki

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • This is a guided small group day trip to Tallinn from Helsinki.
  • This is a comprehensive tour of Tallinn on foot.
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Free

Töölönlahti Bay

What you need to know:

Without a doubt one of the most beautifully picturesque areas in the city, and therefore one of the top free attractions in Helsinki is Töölönlahti Bay.

Töölönlahti Bay resides right in the heart of Helsinki and is surrounded by numerous parks, woodland areas and popular walking paths.

The entire Bay looks and feels completely different depending on...

Medieval Tallinn: Day Trip from Helsinki Including Lunch

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • This is a guided day trip to Tallinn from Helsinki.
  • This is a city walking tour in Tallinn.
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Temppeliaukio Church

Often referred to as the ‘Rock Church’, Temppeliaukio Church is yet another one of Helsinki’s most famous landmarks and a top free attraction in the city.

The church is teeming with a rich historical past, which you can spend time learning about from the frequent churchgoers at Temppeliaukio, or you can just spend some time wandering around inside and admiring the ornate structure.

It’s a place...

Helsinki Food Tour Including Tastings

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  • This is a guided Finnish food tour with a food guide in Helsinki.
  • Travelers will explore the market regions of Helsinki on foot.
  • This tour includes food sampling.
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Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Not just a popular tourist attraction in Helsinki, but one of the top things to see and do in the whole of Finland, the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most fascinating places in the city.

You’ll have to take a short ferry ride across to the fortress where you’ll be greeted by the impressive fort that sits atop six islets connected by bridges and houses some of Finland’s most...

Helsinki Private Walking Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • This is a private guided walking tour in Helsinki.
  • The tour gives an overview of the attractions in Helsinki.
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Hietaranta Beach

There are over 30 beaches in Helsinki, with the best and most popular being Hietaranta Beach.

It’s a place that’s frequented by locals and tourists alike and is best known for its beautifully soft sand and shallow waters that’s ideal for kids.

Once an area that was covered in landfill, the now-beach haven in central Helsinki makes for the perfect day out while in the city.

The whole family will love a...

Helsinki Small Group Walking Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • This is a small group walking tour in Helsinki.
  • The walking tour covers eminent and hidden attractions of Helsinki.
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Free

Helsinki Central Park

What you need to know:

Spread out over an area of approximately 10km, Helsinki’s Central Park is one of the top free attractions for the whole family.

You can do everything you could possibly think of in Central Park, including bird watching, hiking or learning about landscape gardening.

If you don’t want to take part in any actual activities, then Helsinki Central Park is also the perfect...

Helsinki Airport Layover Sightseeing Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A guided Helsinki sightseeing tour during airport layover.
  • This is an overview tour of Helsinki.
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Free

Malminkartano Hill

Malminkartano Hill, or Malminkartanonhuippu to use its official name, is a 90-metre hill that’s offers the best views of Helsinki.

As the highest point in the city, you can see for miles around on top of Malminkartano Hill and it’s a great place to head to with the whole family.

Once you’ve climbed up the rainbow stairs to get to the very top, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of Helsinki, as well as...

Helsinki Highlights Sightseeing Guided Tour

clock Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • A guided sightseeing tour covering important attractions of Helsinki.
  • Travelers get to visit the Temppeliaukio Church during this tour.
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Free

National Library of Finland

Situated just a 2-minute walk from Helsinki Church in Senate Square, the National Library of Finland houses thousands of book collections that are imperative to the country’s national literary heritage.

There’s over three million books sat along over 109 kilometres of shelf space within the library and it’s sure to be one of the most impressive literary spaces you’ve ever seen!

Book lovers and history...

Half-Day Tour of Porvoo Old Town from Helsinki

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • A guided half-day car trip to Porvoo Old Town from Helsinki.
  • Trip includes a walking tour along the streets of Porvoo.
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Helsinki

There are many things you can do for free in Helsinki like booking free entry into some Helsinki museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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