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Kuopio

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Kuopio

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Kuopio [1] is in Eastern Finland.

Understand

Kuopio is one of the many Finnish towns founded under Swedish rule. The town was established as a village in the 1500s and incorporated as a City in 1782. Kuopio is surrounded by lakes from three sides, which supplies loads of beaches and the feeling of water being always close. Part of the wooden houses arranged as a grid have been preserved in the centre which makes it a nice place to visit.

Get in

  • Air - One hour's flight from Helsinki. Airport served by Finnair and Blue1.
  • Train - about 5 hours from Helsinki.
  • Bus - good connections from all directions.
  • Car - national main road 5 from Helsinki and main road 9 from Turku.

Get around

Kuopio bus network covers almost the whole city. The center of the city is Keskus. Buses generally go in two directions from Keskus, so look that you take the right bus to the right direction!

1-turn ticket workdays:2,6€ adults/1,3€ children 4-11 years

1-turn ticket sundays: 3,3€ adults/1,6€ children 4-11 years

11PM - 4AM ticket: 3,3€ adults/1,6€ children 4-11 years

Information about lines (in Finnish): http://www.kuopionliikenne.fi/index.html

See

Do

  • The Puijo Panorama Tower lurks over the city on the highest hill far and wide. From here you have a stunning view over the neighbouring lakelands.
  • The Orthodox Church Museum is a leading museum of Orthodox Churches in Europe.
  • The Old Town Centre is south east from the main square and you can just walk around following your feet.
  • The Minna Canth House is the original house where the famous first Finnish female writer Minna Canth lived. Most noticeable it contains a replication of the Minna Canth room where she is said to have written some of her work.
  • The Kuopio Quarter-Block Museum in the old town has plenty of old buildings done up in their original style 150 years ago containing also a pharmacy museum and most enchantingly a little history of Wonderous Healers in Eastern Finland of which still two or three exist and offer their service to believing people today!
  • Passenger Boat Cruises on Lake Kallavesi are worth trying during the summer season (June-August).
  • Rauhalahti Spa [2], [3] offers large indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a jacuzzi, an ice-cold pool, a children's pool, a waterslide, saunas and a steam room.

Buy

Eat

The local specialty kalakukko, a type of rye bread pie stuffed with fish (the name literally means "fish rooster"), is available from the Main Square outdoor market and in several food shops. You should also try fried vendace (muikku, a fresh-water fish) at local restaurants.

The well-known Kukkonen Bakery, in operation since the 1920s, has been closed in May 2005.

  • Restaurant Sampo, Kauppakatu 13. Tasty fried small whitefish in a pub-like atmosphere, a real classic in Kuopio.
  • Restaurant Musta Lammas, Satamakatu 4. "Black Sheep" in english, the best restaurant in town, fine dining, pretty expensive.

Drink

Sleep

  • The reasonably priced and cosy Hotel Puijo Koto[4] is located near Puijo Ski stadium, not very far from the city center.
  • Enjoy the nice athmosphere of the youth hostel Virkkula[5].

Get out




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