Helsinki is a unique Finnish experience moulded by cultural influences from both East and West. The city's numerous museums and art galleries give the visitor insight into Finnish history and culture. Helsinki was actually built on several islands and the sea's presence can be seen and felt everywhere. Actually the best way to see Helsinki in the summer is from the sea aboard one of the many sight seeing and cruise boats that operate from the market square. The city centre's shopping district is within an easy walking distance from the hotel.