Espoo

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Espoo is Finland's second largest city and will delight and surprise you as it combines the hustle of the city with the tranquillity of nature.

In the last hundred years Espoo has developed at a dizzying pace from a rural municipality to a university and technology centre and the home of many technology and energy companies. Despite its large population, Espoo is famous for its fantastic landscapes and lakes.

Espoo is a significant part of the metropolitan area, and this is reflected in the city's cultural and leisure provision. Nuuksio National Park, on the edge of town, offers excellent conditions for outdoor activities such as fishing, skiing, and even berry picking. Nuuksio also offers the Haltia Finnish Nature Centre, which captures the four seasons of Finland's 37 national parks with architecture inspired by the culture of Kalevala, the Finnish national epic.

Holidaymakers in Espoo can also admire the sea views from beach cafés or take a boat ride and explore the idyllic archipelago. Espoo's 95 lakes and 165 islands offer endless hiking opportunities. The Rantaraitti waterfront walkway provides an excellent way to discover the marine landscapes of the region, with beaches, marinas, and places to dine spread along its 40-kilometre pedestrian and bicycle lane. Espoo also has facilities for golf and some 600 kilometres of cycling tracks.

The city's cultural attractions are no less comprehensive than its selection of landscapes and outdoor activities. The studio home built for himself by Finland's national artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela now serves as a museum. For lovers of architecture, an absolute must-see is Hvitträsk, a wilderness studio built by the architects Eliel Saarinen, Herman Gesellius, and Armas Lindgren in 1903.

The WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Tapiola includes five museums: EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo City Museum, the Finnish Museum of Horology, the Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä, and the Helinä Rautavaara Museum. The premises also include the EMMA Shop and café restaurant. The exhibition centre holds about 15 exhibitions each year. Located in the centre of Tapiola, Espoo Cultural Centre is the focal point of the city's cultural life and the home of the Tapiola Sinfonietta orchestra.

Come to Espoo and enjoy refreshing islands, lakes, and forests and world-class cultural offerings. Espoo provides a complete holiday experience.

Where to stay in Espoo

Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo
Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo
4 out of 5
Otaranta 2, Espoo, 02150
The price is £88 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Espoo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (990 reviews)
Expectations exceeded.
"My son and I had a really good 3 night stay at this hotel. The price was very reasonable so I did not have amazingly high expectations, but they were definitely exceeded. It was my sons 10th birthday and the staff really went out of their way to help make it special for him. The breakfast was also ..."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo
Hotel Matts
Hotel Matts
4 out of 5
Tynnyritie 1, Espoo, 02230
The price is £93 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Espoo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a sauna. Popular attractions Iso Omena and Espoo Metro Areena are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (32 reviews)
Highly recommend; great hotel
"Lovely hotel, great service and welcoming staff. Room was clean and Spacious and the location right next to the metro and the shopping mall was really convenient. Will definitely be staying here again."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2021

Hotel Matts
Hotel Hanasaari
Hotel Hanasaari
3.5 out of 5
Hanasaarenranta 5, Espoo, 02100
The price is £96 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Espoo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (737 reviews)
"Always relaxing and calm stays for years. One of my favorite places in Suomi"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2022

Hotel Hanasaari
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
3 out of 5
Porarinkatu 1, Espoo, 02650
The price is £68 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Espoo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (408 reviews)
Good value for money.
"Nice, clean place. Will visit again. Good value for money."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
Serena Villas
Serena Villas
3.5 out of 5
Tornimäentie 10, Espoo, 02970
The price is £169 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3.5-star spa cabin in Espoo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 coffee shops/cafes. Popular attractions Serena Water Park and Kurkijarven Nature ...
Serena Villas
Hiisi Homes Espoo Center
Hiisi Homes Espoo Center
3 out of 5
Reviisorinkatu 10, Espoo, Uusimaa, 2770
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Espoo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (84 reviews)
"It’s a lovely apartment, clean and tidy. I didn’t like the fact that a key 🔑 and a manager were not easily available at first, it was stressful to deal with it specially after a long trip. Perhaps next time will be better. Thank you so much for correcting those issues afterwards."

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Hiisi Homes Espoo Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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