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With city breaks to Helsinki from Dublin you can visit Market Square, home to one of the city’s most famous markets. Located close to the Helsinki city centre you will be able to explore this open-air market, haggle with the market sellers, try delicious local produce or purchase souvenirs.
The neoclassical Helsinki Cathedral, which towers over Market Square is one Helsinki attraction that is not to be missed. Modelled on St. Petersburg’s Saint Isaac’s Cathedral it is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The Suomenlinna Fortress, which is built off the Helsinki coast, is an intriguing fortress to visit. Originally it was built to protect Helsinki from Russian attack and today it is world renowned as one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world. It is very popular with locals and visitors alike and with a super selection of restaurants, cafes and a museum onsite, what’s not to like.
Thinking of cheap weekend breaks to Helsinki from Ireland? Well, if you are this might sway you if you haven’t made up your mind. The Linnanmäki Amusement Park is the best place for a fun day out. Famous the length and breadth of Finland, it has more rides than any other Scandinavian amusement park. It is a fantastic day out for the entire family. For all your shopping needs you will have to visit Aleksanterinkatu Street – one of Helsinki’s famous shopping streets. Open all-year round, Helsinki Zoo, located on Korkesaari Island is one of the oldest zoos in the world (established in 1889) and it is where you will find animals from the arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest. When in Helsinki don’t forget to call into this famous zoo.
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Helsinki has a climate that is transitional between maritime and continental. Summers are warm and bright, temperatures ranging from a cool 59°F (15°C) up to a hot 86°F (30°C) in the warmest month of July. Days are long and sunny, with up to 19 hours of daylight. Towards the end of September temperatures cool down drastically as days grow shorter, and by November the weather is at freezing point as the cold, snowy winter sets in. The city is blanketed by snow in winter, temperatures plummeting well below freezing to the point where the sea itself freezes over, and it is never fully daylight. Spring arrives late, in early April.
Finnish and Swedish share status as Finland's official languages. Sami is spoken by the isolated population group in Lapland. English is taught at schools and is widely understood.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency of Finland. One Euro = 100 cents. Banks, ATMs and bureaux de change are available in all cities and airports; banks are closed on weekends. American Express, Diner's Club, Eurocard, Access, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger shops. Travellers cheques can be cashed in Helsinki and large cities, but ATMs are the easiest and most economical way to get cash.
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).