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Helsinki Holiday Advice 14:29 - Aug 21 with 2331 viewstoboboly

Looking to mine the travel minds on here. Heading to Helsinki for a long weekend and wondered if anyone had any recommendations regarding;

Things to do
Restaurants
Pubs/bars

Big thank you in advance.

Sexy Asian dwarves wanted.

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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 14:44 - Aug 21 with 2294 viewsQPunkR

I was there for 'work' pretty much a year ago. I don't think you can go wrong with bars as they like their beer there - but definitely try local delicacy lonkero (long drink). Try it with an open mind as it's a gin/grapefruit mix. I tried it and am a full convert.

In terms of specific bars, I wholly recommend Helsinki Bryggeri Brewhouse down by the port. Great locally brewed beers and I can attest the burgers are delicious.

I didn't have much spare time for sightseeing but enjoyed taking a dip in the open water spa in the harbour. Sit in the sauna for as long as you possibly can then take a dip direct in the Baltic Sea. Honestly, you'll feel great.

QPR - "shit but local"

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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 14:49 - Aug 21 with 2285 viewsthompsonridd

I went some years ago but the 'Lappi Ravintola' restaurant was excellent and very authentic. We also visited the Sibelius Monument which was pretty cool.

Nice city and people, have a great trip.
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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 15:04 - Aug 21 with 2229 viewsMrSheen

If you’re really restless you could nip over to Tallinn for the day on the hydrofoil (about 90 minutes). Fascinating place in its own right but most Finns are only there for the beer, they were in a shocking state on the ferry back in the middle of the afternoon, dread to think what they’re like by nighttime.
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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 15:53 - Aug 21 with 2193 viewstoboboly

Helsinki Holiday Advice on 15:04 - Aug 21 by MrSheen

If you’re really restless you could nip over to Tallinn for the day on the hydrofoil (about 90 minutes). Fascinating place in its own right but most Finns are only there for the beer, they were in a shocking state on the ferry back in the middle of the afternoon, dread to think what they’re like by nighttime.


A mate is married to an Estonian and he recommended Talinn. Not sure I have the time but it is a possibility

Sexy Asian dwarves wanted.

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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 17:55 - Aug 21 with 2016 viewsBathRanger

Went there for 3 nights last summer and thought it was a great city to visit. We picked up a walking tour map from tourist information and followed a route round the city centre, cathedral and harbour front. Took a short boat ride out to the island of Suomenlina which is an old fortress island. If I remember correctly the boat ticket is included in with day tickets for the trams.

Loads of bars and restaurants. We had a great lunch at Allas restaurant and the top of it is an open air bar overlooking the harbour:

https://www.allasrestaurants.fi/en/etusivu-en/

There's also loads of street food stalls along the harbour front (called Kauppatori) if you fancy grabbing something quick and easy.

Everyone speaks English and you might even see Niko Hämäläinen!!
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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 00:50 - Aug 22 with 1862 viewsNewBee

The Olympic Stadium is worth a visit - if you like that sort of thing - and although it has been renovated since my visit, I'm sure they've preserved the distinctive 1930's architecture:



It also houses the Finnish Museum of Sport, whose entire Football Section might be entitled Jari Litmanen - This Is Your Life! (though maybe Pukki gets a bit part now):
https://www.stadion.fi/en/visit-stadium/tahto-center-finnish-sports-culture-spor

And the whole complex is located in a nice big park, of which Helsinki has many, often surprisingly accessible from/close to the city centre.

P.S. Helsinki is expensive. Very expensive.
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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 00:53 - Aug 22 with 1852 viewsBazzaInTheLoft

Helsinki Holiday Advice on 00:50 - Aug 22 by NewBee

The Olympic Stadium is worth a visit - if you like that sort of thing - and although it has been renovated since my visit, I'm sure they've preserved the distinctive 1930's architecture:



It also houses the Finnish Museum of Sport, whose entire Football Section might be entitled Jari Litmanen - This Is Your Life! (though maybe Pukki gets a bit part now):
https://www.stadion.fi/en/visit-stadium/tahto-center-finnish-sports-culture-spor

And the whole complex is located in a nice big park, of which Helsinki has many, often surprisingly accessible from/close to the city centre.

P.S. Helsinki is expensive. Very expensive.


Side question…

Can anyone name QPR’s THREE Finnish internationals?
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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 01:10 - Aug 22 with 1844 viewsNewBee

Helsinki Holiday Advice on 00:53 - Aug 22 by BazzaInTheLoft

Side question…

Can anyone name QPR’s THREE Finnish internationals?


Not me, but if anyone is interested in Athletics, then they should check out "The Flying Finn" Paavo Nurmi, who imo was the greatest middle/long distance/X Country runner of all time:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paavo_Nurmi

Naturally enough, he gets pride of place in the Sports Museum (see earlier post).
[Post edited 22 Aug 2023 1:11]
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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 08:45 - Aug 22 with 1754 viewsslmrstid

Helsinki Holiday Advice on 00:53 - Aug 22 by BazzaInTheLoft

Side question…

Can anyone name QPR’s THREE Finnish internationals?


Antti Heinola (the real one, not the one who posts on here, unless they are the same person, once shredded his ball sack in a game at Sheffield United...)

Sampsa Timoska (surprised he didnt play more than he did, felt he was decent)

Niko Hamalainen (Clive's favourite Umlaut Boy, well known to be a bit naff)


And I didn't look any of them up either! Quite impressed with that.
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Helsinki Holiday Advice on 09:35 - Aug 22 with 1694 viewsQPunkR

Helsinki Holiday Advice on 00:50 - Aug 22 by NewBee

The Olympic Stadium is worth a visit - if you like that sort of thing - and although it has been renovated since my visit, I'm sure they've preserved the distinctive 1930's architecture:



It also houses the Finnish Museum of Sport, whose entire Football Section might be entitled Jari Litmanen - This Is Your Life! (though maybe Pukki gets a bit part now):
https://www.stadion.fi/en/visit-stadium/tahto-center-finnish-sports-culture-spor

And the whole complex is located in a nice big park, of which Helsinki has many, often surprisingly accessible from/close to the city centre.

P.S. Helsinki is expensive. Very expensive.


The stadium's still the same. It's worth a trip up the massive column in a tiny lift if you're able. Not sure if it's open to the public though

QPR - "shit but local"

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