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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 Centre Kuopio

Cumulus City Centre Kuopio

Haapaniemenkatu 22, Kuopio
of 5, from 33 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the center 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 mi (3 km).



Katiskaniementie ,8, KUOPIO
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kuopio, this hostal is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Rauhalahti Smoke Sauna and within 3 mi (5 km) of Valkeisenlampi and University of Kuopio. Kuopio Ice Hall and Kuopio Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Cumulus City Station Kuopio

Cumulus City Station Kuopio

Puijonkatu 32, Kuopio
of 5, from 42 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 mi (3 km).

Spa Hotel Runni Kartanohotelli

Spa Hotel Runni Kartanohotelli

Runnintie 407 A, Runni
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Runni, this hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Iisalmi Old Church, Iisalmi Museum of Natural Science, and Iisalmi New Church. Brewery Museum is 14.6 mi (23.5 km) away.

Tahko Golden Resort

Tahko Golden Resort

Kultapallo 1, Nilsia
4.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Tahkovuori apartment is connected to the convention center, within 6 mi (10 km) of Tahko Ski Resort and Tahko Golf Club, and close to winter sports such as skiing lessons and snowshoeing. Nilsia Church is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) away.

Hotel Jahtihovi

Hotel Jahtihovi

Snellmaninkatu 23, Kuopio
of 5, from 23 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kuopio, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuopio Cathedral and Kuopio Ice Hall. Puijo Tower is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

Hotel Savonia

Hotel Savonia

Sammakkolammentie 2, Kuopio
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Kuopio, Puijo Tower, and Kuopio Ice Hall. Valkeisenlampi and Kuopio Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Scandic Kuopio

Scandic Kuopio

Satamakatu 1, Kuopio
of 5, from 24 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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

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