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.
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 €.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
Puijo hill is the most 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, has an observation tower on its peak and is situated close to the city centre.
Puijo ridge is one of the favourite recreation areas in Kuopio, with its numerous paths and extensive track network. Two nature trails offer a chance to experience the area's diversity.
You can move freely on most of Puijo ridge. Gathering of berries, mushrooms and other plants is also allowed. Movement is restricted to the paths in the nature conservation area and in the deciduous areas that are less resistant to use.
Puijo is especially well-known as a venue for winter sports events, including cross-country skiing, ski jumping and downhill skiing. Top international ski jumpers train and compete at Puijo, during summer and winter, and top-class cross-country ski events also take place at Puijo each year. Puijo is a well-known venue for Nordic Skiing World Cup events, as well as for competitions between national and regional top skiers.
Puijo is one of the highest hills around. It is rather well known for the ski jump (it is rather difficult to find in Finland enough hills near the cities high enough to build there a big ski jump which is not exposed to strong winds). And on top of the hill is a TV tower from which you can enjoy a great view of the really nice surroundings.
WIDEST CHOICE OF INLAND BOAT CRUISES IN FINLAND
Take the opportunity to admire the beauty of Lake Kallavesi in Kuopio. Traditional white inland boats, as well as modern vessels, operate both scheduled and chartered cruises on the lake.
Boats greeting each other with cheerful toots in the harbour and on the open lakes create a merry summer atmosphere. During the high season, over 20 cruises depart from the Passenger Harbour.
If you want to see the mammoth of Kuopio,go to Luonnontieteen museo of Kuopio.
Web-site is in Finnish,but if you want to check opening times,here´s the"key":
ti-pe means tuesday to friday,ke means wednesday and la-su means weekend.It´s closed on monday.
Kuopio is famous for its sports centre and tourism. Since some years World Cup in ski jumping takes place here (The second jump of Nordic Tournament)
The Puijo-ski jump is located at 150m high hill Puijo, famous as well for its Puijo View Tower (This tv-tower was builit in 1963 and it is 75m high).
If you are in Finland during winter time, dont miss this famous ski jump event and enjoy view from the tower!!!!