The Finnish capital, Helsinki, is a real hotchpotch of influences and styles. Historical occupations by Russia and Sweden have left their trace on the city, varying the architectural layout. The Neoclassical architecture of the Lutheran Cathedral on Senate Square, contrasting with the Russian style façade of the nearby Upenski Orthodox Church.
Helsinki's buildings also bear witness to this city's title as World Design Capital of 2012. With its own Design District to house the region's growing creative industry, this is a city that showcases its cosmopolitan side - with chic bars and vibrant clubs contributing to the cities buzzing urban scene.
A short boat ride away, among Helsinki's archipelago of islands, the World Heritage Suomelinna Fortress is one of the most visited maritime sites in Helsinki, its defensive position protecting the city under three different sovereignties.