September 5, 2016

UK daily: Helsinki is a great city break destination

If you ask The Guardian, Helsinki's culinary centre Teurastamo, located near the so-called party triangle, is the place to eat and drink when in town.
If you ask The Guardian, Helsinki's culinary centre Teurastamo, located near the so-called party triangle, is the place to eat and drink when in town.
Visit Helsinki / Maria Miklas

Finnish capital Helsinki has earned recognition from British newspaper The Guardian for its design and public sauna culture.

According to the the article, Helsinki is one of Europe’s unsung heroes when it comes to hosting a great city break experience. Altogether the cities of Parma, Cadiz, Hamburg and Helsinki were listed as being less high-profile – but no less interesting – than some of their more famous European contemporaries.

“With the Baltic to the south and forest in every other direction, Helsinki is firmly rooted in its natural surroundings,” The Guardian writes. “It’s also the beating heart of Finland’s legendary design scene – and with careful planning it needn’t be extortionately expensive.”

According to the newspaper, the likes of the Design District in the city centre, as well as the Artek furniture store are well worth a visit. In addition, the house of the famed Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto offers a crash course, not only on his work, but also in Finnish lifestyle.

The article also strongly recommends a visit to one of the public saunas in Helsinki, mentioning specifically Kulttuurisauna in the district of Merihaka.

“Before modern bathrooms, neighbourhood saunas were the way to keep clean in Finland,” explains the newspaper. “There are still a few original saunas left, and lately several new public saunas have opened.”

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