This lively city has one of Europe’s best science parks, several excellent art museums and a range of festivals year-round.
Explore outer space and test the limits of physics in Vantaa at one of the country’s best science centers. Find out about the people who have populated one of the busiest regions in Finland for hundreds of years and admire superb artwork in the area’s excellent galleries and museums. Celebrate art, music, dance and even puppet theater at the city’s array of festivals.
You can easily spend a full day immersed in the superb exhibits, amazing games and enthralling shows of Heureka, great for both adults and children. Test your balance trying to walk the tightrope or step into the Science Park Galilei to discover the hundreds of different materials that make up the planet’s core. Look from earth out into the solar system at one of the planetarium shows and enjoy your favorite films in spectacular quality at the IMAX theater.
View the art works displayed at the Vantaa City Museum, a 10-minute walk north. Set inside an old railway station, the museum has a collection of more than 25,000 artifacts including historic farm tools and equipment. Don’t miss a display of photos that show how the city has changed from the 19th century to the present day.
For even more culture, make the 20-minute drive west to the Vantaa Art Museum. Along with works from some of Finland’s best painters, look for canvas pieces and sculptures from internationally renowned artists.
Following a day of culture, relax in one of the city center bars or select from a variety of restaurants for dinner. A full range of international cuisine is available, along with cozy local cafés.
Vantaa is just north of Helsinki, with regular bus and train connections between the two. Vantaa is also the site of the main international airport. Find many hotels here suited for all budgets.
Get out of Helsinki and enjoy some of the best entertainment in the entire region in Vantaa. Come in May to see locals celebrating their lifestyle during the Vantaa City Festival.