Today, Helsinki is a city of 600,000 people, combining the atmosphere of an international metropolis with the coziness of a small town.
The city is best seen during its short summers, when the sun brings the outdoor bars and cafes to life and even the nights are light. While visiting in winter is more of a challenge, Helsinki is one of few large cities in Europe with a good chance for snow on Christmas.
Classical Helsinki's sights can be divided into an eclectic set of churches and a wide variety of museums. For a coastal amble past some of Helsinki's minor and major sights, see the itinerary A seaside stroll in Helsinki.
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