A coastal city, Helsinki brings together art, history and nature. The capital borders the Gulf of Finland, and unites with green areas. A quarter of its surface is made up of parks, including Keskuspuisto, composed mostly of forests, almost crossing the whole town. Most museums (of modern art, Finnish art...) and edifices like the National Opera are buildings from the 1990s. For more authenticity, you have to walk through the Esplanadi Park that finishes at a very lively market. Close by, there is the old open market and the Empire-style old neighbourhood, built in the 19th century and overlooked by the Lutheran cathedral on the Senate Square. Bars, restaurants, shops and galleries bring a lot of visitors during the summer and liven up the neighbourhood.