Helsinki

From 15 to 21 August Helsinki will host an intersting 10,000 Usd ITF men tennis event on clay courts of Tali Tennis Center. This is one of the tournaments which belong to Finnish Summer Future Circuit. American player Peter Kobelt will be the nr .1 of the seeding, german George Von Massow the nr.2, but it will be very intersting to see in action some young players that in future could try to reach top 100 ATP ranking, for example swedish Daniel Applegreen, israeli Ben Pataeli, australian Thomas Fancutt and (why not?) finnish Eero Vasa.

The Tali Tennis Center is a great sports and fitness facility located only 15 minutes away (by car) from Helsinki city center and about 30 minutes from Helsinki Airport. This center has 19 indoor and 11 outdoor courts for tennis as well as 4 badminton courts. They also offer tennis lessons where you can learn the tricks of the sport, and you can hone your newly learned skills in any of the practice rooms available. This center also has a gym, sauna, cafeteria and restaurant where you can relax after a tough game.

Helsinki is definitely one of the most underrated cities in Europe, especially for two reasons: the high cost of life and the few flights operated by low cost airlines. Infact most tourists arte forced to use Finnair which is one of the most important and safe european airline but for sure it’s one of the most expensive.

Instead Helsinki is an avant-garde city, in all fields of art, technology and social consciousness. Visitors can walk in the center, in the great square of the Art Nouveau train station, the port, from where ferries arrive and depart for the hundreds of islands around the capital, and in the long sea to enjoy clean air and a walk of almost 7,7 km towards the Bay of Lapinlahti. Helsinki is a vibrant city, rich in color and enthusiasm, culture, great cafes and restaurants and above all much, much, the sea.

The ideal is to add Helsinki to a tour of the Baltic Capitals because there is an easy (1 hour) and cheap connection from Tallin  by ferries. In Helsinki is possible to spend some days in absolute relax, drinking a glass of white wine, reading a book, talking with friends sitted on the grass of Esplanadi Park or simply walking among Harbour‘s piers. Or lose yourself in one of the hundreds lounge bars and clubs in Kamppi e Punavuori districts and in particular along Uudenmaankatu street. During summer period the movida transfers especially in Mikonatku district.
TOP 3 HELSINKI ATTRACTIONS:

  • TUOMIOKIRKKO (LUTERAN CATHEDRAL)
  • THE ESPLANADI PARK
  • TEMPPELIAUKIO KIRKO (THE CHURCH IN THE STONE)

As usual I put in evidence for you three different types of hotel for different levels of budget, but remember, as always in Northern Europe countries, hotel fares are higher than medium.

  • BUDGET – BEST WESTERN PLUS HOTEL HAAGA. In the greenery this quiet *** stars hotel offers a large pool, a sauna and a popular breakfast buffet. WiFi is free. The price for a tastefully decorated double room of 14 mq2 starts from 139€ with breakfast. The hotel is located 15 minutes drive from old city.
  • DESIGN – SCANDIC PAASI. This stylish **** stars design hotel, opened in August 2012, is 1.5 km from Helsinki Central Station and just 50 m from Hakaniemi Metro Station. It offers free Wi-Fi, a lobby bar and 4 restaurants. Rates for a double room of 14 mq2 starts from 158€ breakfast included.
  • LUXURIOUS – HOTEL HAVEN. Overlooking Helsinki Harbour, this elegant *****stars hotel is just around the corner from the Esplanadi shopping streets. It offers rooms with luxury beds, spa-style bathrooms and a Bang & Olufsen multimedia system. Prices start from 259€ per night for a Comfort Room of 29mq2 with breakfast and wi-fi connection included. If you want something more choose a Lux Room for just 30€ more daily. You will not regret it!

USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Helsinki Official

Tournament Official Site

Accomodations


Tournament Location:

Tali Tennis Center 

Kutomokuja 4, HELSINKI, 00380, Finland 

Official Site



Enjoy!!!!

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