By Jasmine McGee
Helsinki
Finland
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Every year in Europe a city is classified as the official city for a certain activity. Whether it’s a city for sports, a city for cuisine, or a city for the best overall culture, it’s an honor to be recognized as a prominent European city. Many cities have had the opportunity to be listed, but in the year 2000 Helsinki, Finland had the prestigious honor of being recognized as the European city of culture.  Following its recognition as a culture hub, Helsinki has become a prime destination for tourists visiting Finland.

The city of Helsinki is the capital of Finland and arriving there is a breeze thanks to over 200 international flights a day arriving and departing from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL).  The airport is conveniently located in close proximity to the city centre, and EscapeWizard.com can help you book your trip. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to beginning planning your trip. Once you’ve booked your flight, the next thing to do is to find the right accommodation for your stay.  Whether you’re in search of an inexpensive hostel or perhaps a luxury hotel, EscapeWizard.com can help you find the right place to stay. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to let EscapeWizard.com guide you in finding the right accommodation that fit yours needs.

Upon arriving in Helsinki, you’ll want to immediately begin snapping photos of the Finish architecture that makes the capital city world renown. The city is filled with over 450 years of vibrant culture and history that is hard to miss.  A majority of the stunning architecture can be seen in the city centre, which happens to be in walking distance to a majority of the main attractions that Helsinki has to offer. You’ll want to first start off by visiting the Cathedral of Helsinki. This architectural gem is one of the most photographed buildings in Finland, and it’s stunning design has made it a premiere destination for tourists in search of Finish history and design. Once you’ve immersed yourself in the design and history of the church, you’ll want to also visit the Temppeliaukio ‘Rock’ Church and the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe, Uspenski Cathedral.

Studying the architecture that the city has to offer is an adventure in itself, but don’t neglect the other attractions the city of Helsinki has to offer. If you’re a fan of history, then you’ll want to visit one of the world’s largest historical maritime fortresses, Suomenlinna.  The fortress was built during the 1700s and it connects six islands. The main island has a visitor centre and the Suomenlinna Museum, which for a fee, offers guided tours that cover the history and culture of the fortress.  The main island is a great introduction to the history of Suomenlinna, but be sure to keep the rest of your daily schedule open to exploration. Uunisaari, Pihlajasaari, and Seurasaari are all islands in the fortress that have become best-loved recreational destinations. Each island offers swimming, great restaurants, cafes, and majestic sceneries.

A trip to Helsinki wouldn’t be complete without setting aside time to choose from over 80 great museums and over 70 art galleries. The city has a wide variety of attractions to choose from, but the laid-back nightlife and mixture of international cuisine is perhaps what makes Helsinki, Finland a winner when it comes to being the European city of culture.  Throughout city centre and the surrounding areas tourists can explore Finish cuisine, ethnic restaurants, island restaurants, quaint European bars & pubs, and finish the night by enjoying live music at one of the various nightclubs and music venues.

Tourists will want to devote the daytime to touring and exploring the main attractions, but the evening is when Helsinki becomes an active atmosphere infused with rich culture, laid-back vibes, and a gathering of people from around the world that love Western and Eastern European culture. The city has a little bit of everything when it comes to culture, which is why it’s the capital of Finland and a city worth visiting. If you want a trip that allows you to explore a diverse collective of European culture, then let EscapeWizard.com help you book your next trip to the stunning city of Helsinki, Finland.
Hotels in Helsinki
By Tekisha Slack
Crowne Plaza Helsinki
Mannerheimintie 50, Helsinki, Finland
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Enjoy music, the arts and fine dining during your stay at the Crowne Plaza Helsinki hotel, a 10-minute walk from Helsinki city centre. Stride past the colorful, ornate masks in the Lobby and receive a warm greeting from friendly Front Desk staff at the Crowne Plaza Helsinki hotel. This hotel has 9 floors with 349 guest rooms and 8 suites.

Standard room amenities include:
•    Connecting Rooms
•    Double Glazed Windows
•    In Room Safe
•    Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
•    Iron / Ironing Board
•    Rollaway Bed/Cot
•    Separate Hanging Closet
•    Sofa-bed
•    Trouser press
•    All rooms non smoking
•    Cable / Satellite TV
•    In Room Movies - Premium Cable
•    In Room Video Check-out
•    Video Review / Checkout

There is much to do at this hotel. There's a cutting-edge Fitness Centre and indoor pool in the hotel’s luxurious Forever Day Spa, where you can unwind with a massage or gather your thoughts in the heavenly solarium. Guests can also upgrade to a Club room or Junior Suite to gain exclusive entry to our chic Club Lounge. You'll find complimentary wireless Internet throughout Crowne Plaza Helsinki. Guest can also rent a Zonga mobile device for wireless access across Finland.

There is also plenty to do in the area around these accommodations. You can head to the stylish Bar Code to order sweet and fruity cloudberry liqueurs, or savor Finnish specialties in Restaurant Macu. Crowne Plaza Helsinki is also located next to the inspiring green space of Hesperia Park, where the Finnish National Opera is in residence at the curved-glass Opera House. Walk 15 minutes to shopping malls and boutiques in the city centre, or 7 minutes to the National Museum of Finland, which evokes the romance of medieval churches and castles.

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Hotels in Helsinki
By Tekisha Slack
Hilton Airport Helsinki
Lentajankuja 1, Vantaa, Finland
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The Hilton Helsinki Airport hotel is a 3 minute walk from the airport and can be reached directly from the airport terminal via a covered walkway. Enjoy your stay in a comfortable 301sq.ft room with large soundproofed windows. Catch up with work at the desk and stay in touch with wireless internet access. Curl up on the easy chair and unwind watching on-demand movies on the LCD flat panel TV. Re-energize in the luxury bathroom with separate bathtub and shower.

Revitalize yourself during your stay at the hotel’s gym and sauna. The Hilton Helsinki Airport wants to make your travelling easier with self-service airline check-in and flight information available at the Lobby.

Other hotel amenities include:

•    Baggage Storage
•    Elevators
•    Foreign Currency Exchange
•    Laundry/Valet Service
•    Local Area Transportation
•    Lounge
•    Luggage Hold
•    Multi-Lingual Staff
•    News Stand
•    Safety Deposit Box
•    Shoe Shine Stand

This hotel is also well equipped for small or large meetings and events. The modern facilities include a spacious Ballroom, a boardroom, 12 meeting rooms, a dedicated Executive Floor and Lounge, a 24 hour Business Center and parking space for 100 cars in front of the hotel. Recreational amenities at the hotel include a sauna and a fitness facility. Flamingo entertainment centre including bowling, minigolf, a spa/waterpark, shopping, restaurants and night club is nearby.

Dine at the contemporary yet cozy Restaurant Gui where you can choose healthy Finnish dishes from the extensive a la carte menu. Enjoy rich and juicy game or delicious fresh fish in this sleek, elegant restaurant.  Treat yourself to a glass of champagne or sip ice cold specialty vodka, as you enjoy the contemporary decor at Bar Gui.

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