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Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is also one of the main points of entry to the country (Tampere and Turku are the others). It is home to the University of Helsinki (the biggest university in Finland) and the Sibelius Academy (the only musical university in Finland and one of the biggest in Europe), and it is definitely at its best in summertime.
Your choice of Helsinki hostels is plentiful but they tend to be pretty separated from each other. Finland is also generally a pretty expensive country to travel through, so expect to pay at least 20€ a night for your stay. Regardless, hostels in Helsinki are definitely the most economical lodgings for a budget traveler.
While staying in a Helsinki hostel you'll want to see Suomenlinna (roughly translates as "Castle of Finland"), which was built in the 1700's. The archipelago around Helsinki is also beautiful and definitely worth visiting. There are also plenty of parks, museums, churches, and galleries for those interested. For the thrill-hungry, Linnanmäki (the oldest amusement park in Finland) is the place to go.
If you're into soccer or football, you can catch a game at Finnair Stadion. There are also two ice hockey arenas in Helsinki, both home to a Finnish main league ice hockey team. Hartwall Arena (one of them) is the biggest indoor arena in Finland. It's useful to check their schedule, as the arena is often used for big musical events.
For moving around the city, trams are your best bet, but there are also networks of buses and trains you can use which makes the city open and convenient no matter what Helsinki hostel you stay in. The whole public transportation network in Helsinki is coordinated by the same company, so when you buy a ticket from them, you can use it to gain access to almost all the public transport options in the city. The ticket prices start from 1.8€. You can also access other interesting places in Finland through Helsinki, for example Hanko (the southernmost point of Finland).
Helsinki's climate ranges from freezing cold in the winter (over -30 degrees Celsius) to considerably warm in the summertime (over +25C).
Helsinki is generally a very safe city to visit, but use of common sense is still advisable, especially in the nighttime.
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HI - Helsinki - Viaporin Visiitti Suomenlinna Hostel
"Was perfect in 2003!" … "The hostels are very beautiful - The hostel is splendid. I have seen many, but this one is the best." … "Hostel suomenlinna is located in an island 15 minute ferry trip from centrum Helsinki. Suomenlinna(the Island Fortress of Helsinki) is historical place wich is included in UNESCO's world heritage protection program. The oldes buildings here are built in 1750's. Perfect place for tunnel adventures."...
Eurohostel - Helsinki
"HI - Helsinki - Eurohostel is a good place to stay if you're not looking for a very social hostel, as it is run more like a hotel than a backpacker's hostel. However, it is very secure and well run, and offers a number of amenities including a washer and dryer, internet access, a café, and self-service kitchens. The Location The hostel is located in a quiet little neighbourhood not far from the water, and is quite safe. While it is...
Academica Hostel - Helsinki
"HI - Helsinki - Hostel Academica seems to be a student residence that converts to a hostel. Considering its price, it should (and does) offer more quality than regular hostels. The Location The location is not really central, but it's close to a tram and a metro stations, although in a quiet street. The directions given by the hostel's website are clear. Rooms and Bathrooms The rooms are comfortable, the matresses and the linen...
HI - Helsinki - Stadion Hostel
"HI - Helsinki - Stadion Hostel is the closest to "Babel Tower" you can get. Because of its size and the fact that Helsinki doesn't offer many options of hostels, you'll see people from all around the world. And by being "in" a stadium you may feel like an athlete, with some of the good and the bad things that come with it. The Location Its location is not central. You have to take a tram, and the directions the hostel provides don't...
"Clean, good stay, friendly - Staff very friendly, place clean, ordered and well organized. The location is not in the centre but is well connected with it, and is near to some interesting places like the Cirko. It's also a good place where to meet new people because there are a lot." … "Clean & cheap - Close to tram station, quickly went in downtown. A supermarket just at the left of the hostel is really practical." … "…...
"Hostel Erottajanpuisto is located on Uudenmankatu street, which is very close to the central train station, and just past the Stockman department store. It's remarkably cosy place, which is unusual for an HI affiliated hostel. The dorms have six or eight beds each, and they're comfortable and large. Unlike the dorms, the showers are a little cramped. The showers are small enclosures that can be barely squeezed into, but they are at least...
"… second time, but in 1960 the students and teachers moved to a new building and the defence forces worked in the building once again. The building returned to serving educational purposes in 2002 Hostel has all together eight rooms and 40 beds on two floors. Rooms are for 1-10 people. There are four dorm types available (downstairs, 4 rooms) - 6 beds(male dorm),7 beds(mixed), 8 beds(female dorm) and 10 beds(mixed). Hostel has...
HI - Helsinki - Karavaani Hostel
"The family-oriented and modern Summer Hostel Karavaani is situated in connection to Rastila camping site in maritime Vuosaari and only a short metro trip away from the Helsinki city centre. The customers of the Summer Hostel have all the services of the camping site also in their use, such as saunas, equipment rental, restaurant, laundry, barbecue places and beach." … "Bus: 0km Metro: 0.1km Rastila Sea port: 14km Helsinki Rail: 12km...
HelpHostel - Helsinki
"… and just 10 minutes walk from the central railway station. This cozy Hostel offers sunny and clean rooms for 2-5 people. Bathroom facilities are along the corridor. Bed linen and blankets are included in the price. HelpHostel provides also a fabulous lounge area with the common kitchen area, TV, internet facilities and games. Multi-lingual front desk staff is always happy to help out the guests. Hostel has 24h security service and...
HI - Helsinki - Hostel Satakuntatalo
"Great! Excellent! Superb! Brilliant! The best!" … "It is really close to everything. It is clean but not that much fun. It is still a great and relaxing place to stay." … "The breakfast was excellent. There was only one shower for about 30 people. I had a heck of a time finding the place; no one had heard of it. The street is rather short so no one knew the street, either. The sun comes up at 3:30 a.m. in summertime and it...
"Studio Apartments in down-town Helsinki - Free Internet Access (wireless & cable) Apartments are fully furnished with double-bed and a loft bed. All apartments have TV, Internet, fully equipped kitchenette, own bathroom, bed-lines, towels and possibility to use the laundry. Price includes a do-it-yourself light continental breakfast. Apartments are located within 900 meters from our office in down town Helsinki (Kamppi). Our...
"The hotel has a long tradition of hospitality with over 18 years of experience in the current location. We have serviced satisfied international and domestic customers including business travellers as well as families, who demand first-class accommodation in a relaxing, yet central environment. All customers are equipped with an own key to the premises, 9 rooms / 2 single, 5 double, 1 triple. Mansarde. A shared kitchen with cutlery,...
Airport Hotel Bonus Inn
"This place had a great staff, especially in the restaurant. They had breakfast open for me at 4:45 a.m., so I could eat before my shuttle at 5 a.m." … "… shopping centre, work out in the gym and relax in the evening sauna. Facilities include also an internet room and self-service laundry. The KULMA restaurant adjacent to the Atrium Lobby Bar offer drinks, refreshments and Finnish and international dishes in casual...
"To make sure that your stay in Helsinki will be as comfortable as expected we make sure to provide you with a warm welcome and an affordable accommodation. Customers will be able to enjoy the convenience of staying in a lively quarter within walking distance to Helsinki’s shopping areas, tourist attractions and parks, theaters and restaurants, while experiencing a calm and serene atmosphere. The Hotel consists of 27 bedrooms varying from...
"… are fully equipped with private bathroom, flat screen TV and free wireless internet connection. Our cosy, tastefully decorated hotel offers only nonsmoking rooms and there are also some rooms for people with allergies. There are parkingplaces reserved for hotel guests in a private garage nearby. During the spring 2010 we will refurbish all rooms, floor by floor. We hope that we can offer you a fresh and just renovated hotel before...
"… Each guest room at Hämeenkylä Manor has wooden floors and a private balcony or terrace. All guests are offered free welcoming snacks. Hämeenkylä Manor has a common area with kitchen facilities and a play area for children. In addition, Hämeenkylä provides a free communal movie room. Other nearby activities include fishing and hiking. Games and some outdoor sporting equipment can be borrowed from the reception free of...
Helsinki Travel Tips & Suggestions
Dont't miss Temppeliaukio (Rock Church). It's built up in a rock and looks amazing inside, while from outside it's just a pile of stones and you would never say there's a church or anything else inside. Beautiful!
— Sonja, Bosnia
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