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Kuopio Holidays

The largest town in Eastern Finland is a popular tourist destination, spread over several large islands. A holiday in this leafy city offers surprising opportunities for nature activities and traditional foods.

Kuopio is a special place; situated on Lake Kallavesi in the Eastern Lake District, the town is largely built on islands. This provides a perfect and verdant environment for many activities and is also rich in flora and fauna. It has a diverse culture and a variety of festivals are held throughout the year. The city also offers many attractions and has a valuable architectural heritage. A city break in Kuopio therefore offers a wide range of activities and sights to suit all tastes.

People have been living in the Kuopio region for thousands of years, but the current City of Kuopio was founded in 1775. The city still possesses a number of buildings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which are well worth a visit during your trip. For instance, you could visit the Old Kuopio Museum, consisting of 11 old wooden houses, the oldest dating to the late eighteenth century. Kuopio contains the home of writer Minna Canth, and the city's older architecture is also represented by CL Engel's Kuopion Lyseo upper secondary school. The city has several fine churches, including Kuopio Cathedral and the orthodox St. Nicholas' Cathedral.

Kuopio’s diverse culture offers a wide range of things to see and do. One of the most famous events is definitely Kuopio Dance Festival, the oldest dance festival in Scandinavia. There are plenty of dance and music performances during the week, each of outstanding merit. A somewhat different experience can be found at Kuopio Wine Festival, with a different theme country every year. In addition to wines, the festival also showcases the country's cuisine, music and culture. Be sure to book your hotel well in advance of the festivities. In addition, various theatres and museums, like the Kuopio Museum, provide cultural experiences for every season.

Kuopio Market Square, which locals jokingly call the centre of the world, is one of the city's most famous attractions. From the square, you can buy traditional Savo food, such as "kalakukko" fish pies, without which a trip to Kuopio would not be complete. This traditional delicacy can also be purchased from the picturesque market hall, which is in itself well worth a visit. On the edge of Market Square you will find the Pikku Pietari market alley, with small stalls selling a variety of arts and crafts products and gift items. In Kuopio, you can spend all day shopping!

With its extensive network of lakes, Kuopio provides a variety of sports opportunities and outdoors facilities. You can find activities at Puijo sports and recreation area and admire the amazing lake scenery from Puijo tower, the main landmark in the area. In summer, the many beaches attract people to enjoy a day's sunbathing by the lakes, and in winter the same lakes can be used for ice fishing or skating. Good nearby ski resorts also offer opportunities for downhill skiing.

Kuopio enjoys excellent transport links from all over Finland. The journey from Helsinki to Kuopio takes less than an hour by plane, and about five hours by train.

Kuopio attracts both gourmets and culture lovers looking for a city break, and is surrounded by great day trip destinations, suitable also for families with children. Tourists have many, many good reasons for choosing this diverse city.


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Cumulus City Station Kuopio

Cumulus City Station Kuopio

Puijonkatu 32, Kuopio
3.7
of 5, from 733 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kuopio, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kuopio Cathedral and Kuopio Ice Hall. Valkeisenlampi and Puijo Tower are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£97
Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

Minna Canthin Katu 16, Kuopio
4.1
of 5, from 189 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Kuopio hotel is located near the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuopio Cathedral, Valkeisenlampi and Kuopio Ice Hall. University of Kuopio and Puijo Tower are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£89
Spa Hotel Kunnonpaikka

Spa Hotel Kunnonpaikka

Jokiharjuntie 3, Vuorela
3.8
of 5, from 128 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Vuorela hotel is on a lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Puijo Tower, Tarina Golf Club and TarinaGolf. Valkeisenlampi and Kuopio Cathedral are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£90
Cumulus City Centre Kuopio

Cumulus City Centre Kuopio

Haapaniemenkatu 22, Kuopio
4.3
of 5, from 686 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the centre of Kuopio, this family-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kuopio Cathedral and Kuopio Ice Hall. Valkeisenlampi and University of Kuopio are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£94
Scandic Kuopio

Scandic Kuopio

Satamakatu 1, Kuopio
4.1
of 5, from 343 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kuopio, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kuopio Cathedral, Valkeisenlampi and Kuopio Ice Hall. University of Kuopio and Puijo Tower are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£68
Rauhalahti Hostel

Rauhalahti Hostel

Katiskaniementie 8, Kuopio
3.8
of 5, from 16 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this spa hostel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Rauhalahti Smoke Sauna and within 3 miles (5 km) of Valkeisenlampi and University of Kuopio. Kuopio Ice Hall is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

£117
Spa Hotel Rauhalahti

Spa Hotel Rauhalahti

Katiskaniementie 8, Kuopio
3.7
of 5, from 321 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Kuopio hotel is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Rauhalahti Smoke Sauna, Valkeisenlampi and University of Kuopio. Kuopio Ice Hall is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

£77
Spa Hotel Runni

Spa Hotel Runni

Runnintie 407, Runni
4.2
of 5, from 55 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 16 miles (25 km) of Iisalmi Old Church, Iisalmi Museum of Natural Science and Iisalmi New Church. Brewery Museum is 14.7 mi (23.6 km) away.

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