Helsinki Vacation - Deals & Packages!Known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic’ and World Design Capital (in 2012), Helsinki is the national capital of Finland. It was founded as a trading town in 1550 AD by a Swedish king and had graduated to the coveted status of being the national capital ever since 1812 after it was rebuilt to look like a miniature St. Petersburg by the Czars of Russia. The visitors today find Helsinki as an international metropolis that had shot to prominence after hosting the prestigious Olympics in 1952 and had supplemented its fame by its magnificent combination of history, architecture, festivals, technology and fashion - the factors that still stand intact even today.Places of Interest in Helsinki Suomenlinna The sea fortress of Suomenlinna was built by Swedish forces in 18th century who used to then regard it as the Gibraltar of the North. This grand strategic structure is where you can touch a glorious part of Finnish history and Swedish architecture, and it is characterized by old fortifications, catacombs and even cast iron cannons.Seurasaari Open Air Museum Seurasaari Open Air Museum is known for some of the most authentic old Finnish houses. You should take time to visit this place in summers because this is when local guides are seen practicing and exhibiting their skills in traditional dress.Kaivopuisto Scenic and expensive, the beautiful park of Kaivopuisto is located along the sea in the southernmost part of Helsinki. This is the best possible place in the Finnish capital to have a cup of coffee and to absorb the ambiance of the city especially during early morning and late evenings.