Kuopio Travel Guide

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Kuopio Highlights

  • Pro
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     Wonderful nature around surrounding with forests and lakes 

  • Con
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     A bit too small to be real exciting place 

  • In a nutshell
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     in the middle of the lakes 

Kuopio Things to Do

  • Cathedral of Kuopio - Tuomiokirkko

    The church is located in Vahtivuori (Guard Mountain) like a watchman guarding 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...

  • Viewing tower

    From the viewing tower you have a fantastic view and is it easy to see why Finland is called the labd of thousand lakes. We were also fortunate to see people practising snow jumping

  • Puijo TOWER, Kuopio, Finland

    PUIJO towerPuijo 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 War Memorial

    On Kuopio's old cemetery one can find a War Memorial Statue by Esii Renvall (1911-1979). It's a memory of soldiers killed in WW2.

  • Kuopio Museum of Cultural History

    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...

  • Kuopion kauppahalli (Kuopio Market Hall)

    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!


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Kuopio Restaurants

  • From High to High, climbing back to top

    Mount Sherpa is the only Nepalese restaurant in Kuopio and there are only few similar in who Finland. The market square is kind if sacred place for Kuopio people and during last 20 years they have opened it twice, first to build underground parking area and secondly to build more parking places and a shopping center.Mount Sherpa is located in this...

  • Fransman

    We had our dinner here as the hotel does not have a restaurant but they belong to the same group We had a set menu but the Salmon with potatoes that we got was absolutely fantastic

  • The Best in Town

    Musta Lammas is known as a best restaurant in Town. It's located in former brewery and the interior is fantastic: the restaurant is build to vault cellar (the renovation too a year). It has been there from 1982 and it's among the best dinner restaurants in Finland.Á la carte and special menus are served and the food is made from best materials in...

  • Nice place to eat!

    Nice food and they also have a real flame grill. The place which is a sort of a bar, attract a lot of young people but also groups, and some folks go here after work. They play music loud which is not very good. Foods' OK. Steak.

  • Best fish in town

    The atmosphere in this rastaurant is, what could I say, like in all seaman restaurant. There has not made any changes after world war one. Go to the back cabin if you don't want to drink with sailors.I really recommend this place!(And the restaurant has nothing to do with Sampo Bank or Sampo ice-breaker.) The only one you should eat in this place...

  • Finnish Bank - Place of money

    Isä Camillo is located in a building which used to be Bank of Finland (Kuopio office of cource). It's build in 1912 and a lot of gold has been there in the vaults.The place has got its name according to italian writer Giovanni Guareschi (I don't know the reason :) Fish: Oven Baked Pike-Perch with river crab butter and vegetables (18,60€).Meat:...


Kuopio Nightlife

  • Beerhouse

    It is a beerhouse,and has lots of different beers.For some reason,there wasn´t so many people at the time(at saturday after 22 o´clock)..Maybe it just was a quiet night-who knows.Or maybe it was because of the music,witch was little terrible-like they have forgotten themselves to 1990 top hits.Not any classic ones.We might try this again,if we go...

  • Typical bar

    We had visited Ale pupi in Tampere,and weren´t so keen for going here because of it,but this looked not so "ale"(ale is sale in Finnish),and had better list of beers(at Tampere they had only 4 to 5 beers,if I remeber right).It´s a typical beer-bar,kind we have in all Finnish towns I think.I prefer Malja,at same street,but nothing so wrong about...

  • Beer-tasting

    Place is quite popular in Kuopio and has a fantastic value of beers!They had so many to choose from,that we should have had more time (and less wine before coming here..).Place looks quite nice,if you ask me.If we will go to Kuopio again,I´m sure we´ll visit here again. No dresscode


Kuopio Transportation

  • Savonlinna-Kuopio ferry service

    The duration of the lake cruise was too long for us, but if you have time, you may want to consider a Savonlinna-Kuopio cruise aboard the MS Puijo ferry. The lakelands deserve to be visited on a boat and if both cities are on your itinerary, this trip may be just the thing for you. There are other stops along the way but I can't recommend any,...

  • Walking

    Such a lovely city, not too big and a nice warm summer day, best was to walk, and as you can see, yes, it is warm enough in Finland for sandals on July.

  • City sight seeing tour

    There are few nice option for city sight seeing as tour bus or train. There are also bought for a lake cruise as well. Check it out in the square harbour by the lake.


Kuopio Shopping

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  • Enjoy the atmosphere at the artesan...

    A pittoresque little alley in the middle of town. The red painted wooden buildings from 1903 make a perfect setting for the local artesans. There are 14 little shops with arts and craft, toys, kitchen utensils and decorations. There's also a café with a terrace. If you are looking for gifts or something original to take home then don't miss this...

  • Dont miss he market!

    You should not miss the colourful market right in the center. If you are very hungry you should look for the famous kalakukko - the translation is fish-cock. It has nothing to do with any sorts of cock (I hope The Censor does not read this page - and the four-letter-words-filter is not activated) but is a dark rye bread filled with fish and bacon...

  • Second hand - and cheap

    When I visit Kuopio I often also visit two second hand shops in the city centre, both of them almost next to the market square. The other one is City Pörssi behind the town hall (Maljalahdenkatu 31). It sells second hand stuff owned by private people. You can find anything: good clothes (especially for women) very cheaply, books (also in English),...


Kuopio Local Customs

  • Kuopio by lake

    This was really difficult! to decide in which class this tip belogs. This could be "must see", it is transportation, it's definately a tourist trap, but I choose a local custom.This used to be one of the best transportation method from 1900 to 1950, but when cars, busses and trains conquored the word the ships remained "a way of life" relief and...

  • Eating Kalakukko (Bread fillid with fish...

    This is an ancient national food prepared and eaten in Savo (eastern part of Finland). Kalakukko was used as traveler's food because it stays edible very long when unopened. Also in medieval times salt was the only way to preserve meat and it was expensive, so with this way you could use all the salt in salt pork. The word kala-kukko means...

  • Kalakukko

    Kuopio is known to be the city of Kalakukko. Traditional local food, a kind of a baked bread filled with traditional fish or chicken. My best choice is obviously the salmon kind, as seen in this photo here.


Kuopio Warnings and Dangers

  • Weekend & alcohol

    Like any other place on earth people do celebrate weekends together with friends and liquor. Drinking outside, in public is forbidden by law but it happens. Lots of intoxicated and noisy people in all ages can be found anytime any weekend especially around the local bus stops in the keskus, city centre. Just pretend you didn't see & hear anything...

  • Watchout where you drive.

    If you come to this city self drive, be careful where you drive, in some stage or another the road is ended in the lake and you might find yourself swimming.

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Kuopio Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking in Kuopio

    If you really want out of the crowds, go hiking. The City of Kuopio has huge amounts of forests and lakes around it. There are several interesting marked paths. The nearest short for day trips paths are in Puijo area. For a longer walk I would recommend a path called Suovun retkeilyreitti (you'll find it in the internet map.Ask leaflets and simple...

  • Excursion harbours are free for...

    The City of Kuopio has vast amounts of forests, lakes, and islands (as you can see e.g. from the top of the Puijo Tower). Rent a boat or a canoe and find an island for yourself! There are plenty of excursion harbours near Kuopio. In most of them camping or staying overnight in a shelter is an experience to remember. For rental boats and canoes see...

  • Farm house museum Riuttala

    The Riuttala farm was first mentioned in a map of 1650 and it was a big farm with a lot of workers, almost a village of it's own. With 20 buildings, this museum area has a lot to offer. They have everything from a cowhouse to a smokesauna to a blacksmith's to a windmill not to mention old machinery, parafernalia, household utensils, etc. We saw...


Kuopio Sports & Outdoors

  • Sunbathing and ice hole swimming

    I wrote this to extreme category, probably it's heavy for you, but definitely worth of trying. I give you a quarantine, if you follow my rules, rest of your evening is the most relaxed and cool you ever have experienced.Rules:- spend 5-10 minutes in hot sauna- just walk to the lake for 10-15 secs (don't jump, just use ladders)- back to sauna for...

  • Skijumping - No more World Cups?

    You can go here on winter or summer, probably you find young boys practising there. It's very nice, they are eager, Kuopio has been one of Finnish sources to word champions, and the skiis are very long compared to the boys. It's amazing when you see 130cm boy carrying 250cm skiis (and more amazing when you see him jumping some 100 meters). Cloth...

  • Snowmobile safari

    This is great fun. It's amazing how fast you can ride these machines. I think I was speeding at about 90 km/h. I loved it! Did you know that the handles of these things are actually heated so your fingers don't freeze. You can hire all the gear you need from the safari arranger and they give you training how to handle the snowmobile before letting...


Kuopio Favorites

  • Kuopio Information

    There is a lot of Kuopio information available on-line.There is also city information office and in the summer, the information come to here, a group of young students will tour around and the city and will be willing to answer all your questions related to Kuopio.Links:www.kuopio.fiwww.kuopioinfo.fi

  • Lakes are everywhere...

    The view is from the big tower of Kuopio, it is a typical image of this magnificent country. Finland has 187.888 lakes, other so many islands, 460.000 km of coast!


    THE MICROBREWERY -VANHA TROKARI-This local pub has its own beers and 15 different self-distilled liquors such as:* SALMARI, a mixture made of finnish strong liquorice (SALMIAKKI) and etanol * TERVA, a mixture of tar and etanol ,* MUSTA KISSA (Black Cat), a mixture of both finnish liquorice & Tar and etanol and many other specialities!Address:...


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