Maritime Attractions Helsinki
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Helsinki’s location on the coast means that it has plenty of maritime attractions for visitors and locals alike to enjoy. The capital boasts almost 100 kilometres of coastline and more than 300 islands in the archipelago, many of which are easily accessed for recreational use. Among the attractions are the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Suomenlinna, an island fortress that is home to 850 residents and one of the most popular picnic sites in the city. Sunbathers and swimmers can enjoy the long summer days on the beaches of Pihlajasaari and Uunisaari, while history buffs will find the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum fascinating. Summer visitors can sample the unique flavours of the archipelago in 10 restaurants situated on as many different islands, while families with children can enjoy a selection of sightseeing cruises or a visit to Korkeasaari, Helsinki’s island zoo.