A Colorful & Cultural Walk Through Helsinki in Summer

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Aside from the amazing design, Helsinki’s status as a green city is another reason to love it. Parks and green spaces make up one third of the city’s area and you notice them walking around. It’s easy to duck from urban excitement into relaxing nature in one of several large parks.

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Sibelius Park and Monument – created from over 600 steel organ pipes, this is a monument to Finland’s beloved national composer Jean Sibelius.

After visiting the intriguing Sibelius Monument, head over to Cafe Regatta (Merikannontie 10) for a cup of coffee and pastry (or to grill your own sausages if you’re keen). A spell outside in the warm sunshine will prepare you for a day of exploring the city outdoors.

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Down in the Design District, we are attracted to some trees wearing sweaters in a local park.

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A popular activity is lunch at the Market Square (Kauppatori in Finnish). Outside of winter it is packed with people enjoying delicious local food at outdoor cafes.  More opportunities to soak up the sun, which the locals will no doubt be enjoying as well.

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Andrea Spirov
Andrea Spirov is a content developer and entrepreneur currently travelling the world with her husband, John, and living as an expat when she isn't. With a Masters in Media and Communications, Andrea is a specialist in online and is fascinated by the intersection of conversations and technology. Born in the United States, Spirov is a dual American and Australian citizen and has travelled extensively in North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She currently blogs at InspiringTravellers.com and also takes on freelance projects and consulting work in social media and community management.
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