Helsinki is known as an international capital of design, and Finland is one of the eurozone’s wealthiest nations. But despite that upscale reputation, the city offers a wealth of experiences that are light on the wallet. In summer, glorious sun-filled days draw picnickers to every available last patch of grass. The city also has a timeless maritime character, with its location on the Baltic Sea offering views of the bay filled with boats and dozens of tiny islands. There’s a cosmopolitan side to Helsinki too, with striking architecture and street art as far as the eye can see.
Here are a few adventures to be had for free.Park Avenue:
For a different kind of adrenaline rush, head to the hillside amusement park of Linnanmaki, where a high observation deck offers a panoramic view of the city. Admission to the park, tower and even some (though not all) of the rides are free of charge.
For complete serenity, try the manicured botanical gardens at Kaisaniemi Park, where hundreds of exotic plants populate the greenhouses that are maintained by the University of Helsinki.