If you go

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Tourist in­for­ma­tion from Helsinki City Tourist and Con­ven­tion Bu­reau, tel: 9 3101 3300; email: tourist. info@ hel. fi Restau­rant Ju­uri, Korkeavuorenkatu 27; Tel: 9 635 732 Ho­tel Fabian, 9 6819 3333, www. hotelfabian. fi Ho­tel GLO, 1 0344 4400, www. palacekamp. fi the world’s most beau­ti­ful Olympic sta­dium. The tower of­fers a spec­tac­u­lar view over Helsinki and the Sports Mu­seum is a must for sports fans.

There are two other at­trac­tions that are not to be missed. Temp­peli­aukio Church has been quar­ried out of the nat­u­ral bedrock and has be­come one of Helsinki’s most im­por­tant tourist at­trac­tions. We are im­pressed as we walk in and are stunned by the dra­matic ar­chi­tec­ture and light­ing.

The other favourite at­trac­tion is the Sibelius Mon­u­ment. We de­cided that it was a lit­tle far to walk here so we caught Tram 3T. The mon­u­ment is a tribute to the Fin­nish Com­poser Jean Sibelius.

Trams are our trans­port method of choice in Helsinki and I rec­om­mend a day-pass or a Helsinki Card for ease of travel. You just jump on and off at will.

Helsinki has a huge range of ac­com­mo­da­tion but we found two places that met our mood per­fectly. The Ho­tel Fabian is a new, 58-room bou­tique ho­tel with a uniquely wel­com­ing at­mos­phere de­signed around a lush, ver­dant court­yard. It is not cheap but it is spe­cial.

So too is the Ho­tel GLO. This is run by the same own­ers as the ad­ja­cent Ho­tel Kamp and it has been de­signed around guests rather than the other way.

The best day trip is to Suomen­linna, an is­land marine fortress built on six is­lands in the 1700s. It is a UNESCO World Her­itage Site. Fer­ries de­part from Mar­ket Square and you need from two to four hours on the is­land.

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