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Puijo hill is the famous landmark of Kuopio, and the ridge of Puijo is among the most popular recreation areas of the city. The hill is 150 metres high from the lake level, has an observation tower on its peak and is situated close to the city centre of Kuopio.
Updated Sep 11, 2012
Phone: +358-(0)17-255 5255, +358-(0)44-
Kuopio's best Museum in my view is the Museum of Cultural History. It also tell the local history and has also a natural History section with stuffed animals (a Mammoth for example).
Opening hours Tuesday to Friday: 10am -5pm, Wednesday: 10am -7pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am -5pm, Monday: closed. Closed 6 Dec, 24.-26 Dec, 1 Jan, 6 Jan, 1 May and at Midsummer.
Entrance fees: Adults 6 €, students, unemployed, pensioners and groups (min. 10 people) 4 €, children under 18 for free. Free access and 10 % discount on the museum shop products with the annual museum card. Annual museum card: 30 €.
Updated Apr 23, 2012
Address: Kauppakatu 23
Kuopio Market Hall was built in a Art Nouveau style. The market hall can be found at the Kuopio market place. Market Hall is represented in 30 companies. It is open all year round, six days a week. This is real Finnish culture!
Updated Apr 23, 2012
Address: Kuopio market
Kuopio is sorrounded by Lakes and big forests which give great many opportunites for anyone who loves solitude and nature! Why not take a hike? You can rent your own canote or boat to go explore some of its smaller islands. Try Kuopio Tourist Information Board for more information!
Updated Apr 10, 2012
The Puijo tower is a 75 metre high observation tower in Kuopio. Spire 246 ft. The tower has a revolving restaurant with 100 seats, which has worked flawlessly since its opening in 1963. It was the first tower with a revolving restaurant in the Nordic countries. The restaurant was an inspiration to Erkki Lindfors, the mayor of Tampere, who got the idea to build a similar one in his home town, resulting in the Näsinneula tower, which opened in 1971. The current Puijo tower has been visited by over 5.5 million tourists.
Updated Apr 9, 2012
If you're a first time traveller here you may wanna locate the Tourist Information board. It has a very central location. Easy to find.
Mon-Fri 9.30-16.30 (1.9.- 31.5)
1.7.-31.7. Sat 9.30-15.00
Updated Apr 8, 2012
Address: Haapaniemenkatu 22
Phone: +358 17 182 584
Kuopio's harbour can be a busy place even if it's beautiful. From here you can take a short cruise with one of its many boats. Some boats will take you on several of the sorrounding lakes.
During summer there are daily departures for several different types of lake cruises. Standard two-hour cruises from the harbour depart hourly from 11:00 to 18:00. Special theme cruises include dinner and dancing, wine tasting or a trip to a local berry farm. There are also canal cruises and a monastery cruise to Valamo.
There are cruises to Rauhalahti tourist centre Tuesday to Saturday in summer (and Sunday in July); the best one is the smoke-sauna cruise on Tuesday and Thursday at 17:45 and 20:30.
Tickets for all cruises are available at the passenger harbour. Schedules are available at the harbour or from the tourist office.
Written Apr 7, 2012
A nice way to learn more about the city of Kuopio is to visit the central city library. Kuopio City Library, Northern Savo Regional Library, is one of the largest public libraries in Finland. The present main library building was completed in 1967. Kuopio City Library provides materials, information service, access to internet and computers for customer use as well as public premises for the use of its customers. Using and borrowing library items are free of charge.
Updated Apr 7, 2012
Address: Maaherrankatu 12
Kuopio Cathedral is an impressive stone church designed in the neoclassical style by Pehr W. Palmrooth, and completed in 1816. Today, it is the seat of the Diocese of Kuopio and the centre of Lutheran worship for the area. It's exterior has been recently renovated, and it is one of the most prominent architectural sites in the city.
Written Apr 7, 2012
The church is located in Vahtivuori (quard mountain) like a watchman quarding people and flow of times. The construction took over ten years for the sake of Finnish War (1808-1809) in which Finland was forced to join to the Russian Empire (Treaty of Fredrikshamn - Haminan rauha, was the peace treaty between Sweden and Russia).
The church was inaugurated in 1816 and it was fifth churh in Kuopio (the first one was build in 1552, but it has not survided from decades abrasion).
Updated Feb 1, 2012
Address: Besides Piispan puisto (Bishop's Park)
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