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city in the region of Northern Savonia in Finland
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Market Square during the Sunday flea market

Kuopio is the largest city of North Savonia.

UnderstandEdit

Kuopio is one of the many Finnish towns founded under Swedish rule. The town was established as a village in the 1500s and incorporated as a city in 1782. Kuopio is surrounded by lakes from three sides, which supplies loads of beaches and the feeling of water being always close. Part of the wooden houses arranged as a grid have been preserved in the centre which makes it a nice place to visit. Kuopio has a population of around 100,000.

Tourist officeEdit

Get inEdit

Map of Kuopio

By planeEdit

  • 1 Kuopio Airport (KUO IATA) (is located 14 km north of Kuopio). Kuopio is a one hour flight away from Helsinki. Most flights are met by a bus connecting to the city centre. Fares €5 adults, €2,5 children. Taxi to city centre costs €18. As with most Finnish passenger airports nowadays, the only flights are to Helsinki by Finnair (depending on the day 3-6 daily flights).    

By trainEdit

About 4–5 hours from Helsinki. Tickets and timetables information: VR

By busEdit

Good connections from all directions. Timetables, fares and tickets information: Matkahuolto

By carEdit

National highway 5 from Helsinki and highway 9 from Turku. Kuopio is about a five hour drive from Helsinki.

Get aroundEdit

Kuopio has a good system of public transport. You can ride from one part of the city to another with a single ticket of €3.3, kids €1.7. Kauppatori is the center of Kuopio's public transport system, but be aware that many bus lines just pass through and continue somewhere to the other side of the city.

  • single ticket workdays: €3,3 adults/€1,7 children 7–16 years
  • single ticket during the night (11PM-4AM): €5 adults/€2,6 children 7–16 years

Information about local buses can be found here. You can use route planner to seek local bus routes between given locations and addresses.

SeeEdit

 
Summer day view from Puijo tower
  • 1 The Puijo Panorama Tower. Lurks over the city on the highest hill far and wide. From here you have a stunning view over the neighbouring lakelands.
  • 2 The Orthodox Church Museum (Ortodoksinen Kirkkomuseo), Karjalankatu 1. Is a leading museum of Orthodox Churches in Europe.
  • 3 The Old Town Centre. South east from the main square and you can just walk around following your feet.
  • 4 The Minna Canth House (Kanttila) (corner of Minna Canthin katu and Kuninkaankatu). The original house where the famous first Finnish female writer Minna Canth lived. Most noticeable it contains a replication of the Minna Canth room where she is said to have written some of her work.
  • 5 The Kuopio Quarter-Block Museum (Korttelimuseo), Kirkkokatu 22. In the old town has plenty of old buildings done up in their original style 150 years ago containing also a pharmacy museum and most enchantingly a little history of Wonderous Healers in Eastern Finland of which still two or three exist and offer their service to believing people today!
  • 6 The Kuopio Market Hall (Kauppahalli) (Located at the Market Square). Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8-17 and Saturdays 8-15. Over 20 local stallholders.
  • 7 The Victor Barsokevitsch Photographic Centre, Kuninkaankatu 14–16, 70100, +358 17-261 5599. Opening hours During summer months (June–August) Mon-Fri 10AM - 6PM, Sat-Sun 11AM - 4PM, Winter (September–May) Tue-Thu-Fri 11AM - 5PM, Wed 11AM -7PM, Sat-Sun 11AM - 3PM. The VB Photographic Centre is dedicated to display high-class Finnish and foreign photography. The Centre is housed in an idyllic wooden building that is more than 100 years old and located in the heart of the Old City of Kuopio in Eastern Finland. The VB Photographic Centre is regarded as one of the major photographic galleries and research centres of the country. During the summer, the Centre organizes well-known international exhibitions.

DoEdit

Festivals and eventsEdit

  • Tahko juhannus: 21–23 June 2018. Midsummer's festival (date needs updating)
  • Kuopio Rockcock: 26–28 July 2018. Summer rock festival in Kuopio (date needs updating)
  • Kuopio Marathon: 1 September 2018. A relatively flat marathon course with views of Lake Kallavesi. Events inlcude full and half marathons and a 10 km for runners, and a 10 km walk. (date needs updating)
  • [dead link] Finland Ice Marathon: 20–23 February 2019. An ice skating marathon with distances of 25, 50, 100, and 200 km. The track in 2018 was 12.5 km long, and it is available for anyone to use after the event has ended.

Around the yearEdit

  • 1 Rauhalahti Spa, Katiskaniementie 8. Offers large indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a jacuzzi, an ice-cold pool, a children's pool, a waterslide, saunas and a steam room.


Do in the summer timeEdit

  • Passenger Boat Cruises. on Lake Kallavesi are worth trying during the summer season (June–August).

Winter sportsEdit

BuyEdit

  • 1 Artiko, Haapaniemenkatu 12. Art handicrafts, gifts and utility items.
  • 2 DaigaDaigaDuu, Puijonkatu 12. Handmade clothes, records, comic books, 60s and 70s second hand shop, minigallery.
  • 3 Daxhund Ceramics, Itkonniemenkatu 25.
  • 4 Pentik, Kauppakatu 32. Stoneware.
  • 5 Hallin käsityökammari, Market Hall. Local handicrafts and gifts
  • 6 Pikku-Pietari Market Alley (Pikku-Pietarin torikuja). Three blocks from the Market Square is the idyllic Pikku-Pietari Market Alley, lined by old stables. The log buildings of the alley house a cafe with a terrace, art exhibitions and small boutiques. Handwork demonstrations weekly.
  • 7 Sauna Nestor. Special shop for sauna products in the Market Hall.

AlcoholEdit

Alko is the national alcoholic beverage retailing monopoly in Finland. Essentially, it is the only store in the country which retails beer over 4.7% ABV, wine (except in vineyards) and spirits. Alcoholic beverages are also sold in licensed restaurants and bars to ages 18 and up. Alko is required by law to sell drinks with lower alcohol content than 4.7% and non-alcoholic alternatives, but in practice carries a very limited stock of low alcohol beer, cider and non-alcoholic drinks and mixers as supermarkets sell the same products at a lower price.

  • 8 Alko Kuopio Kolmisoppi, Kolmisopentie 3.
  • 9 Alko Kuopio Petonen, Jalkasenkatu 5.
  • 10 Alko Kuopio Prisma, Savilahdentie 10.
  • 11 Alko Kuopio Päiväranta, Päivärannantie 18.
  • 12 Alko Kuopio Sokos, Haapaniemenkatu 24-26.

EatEdit

  • Kalakukko fish pie, The best-known speciality in the province of Savo is probably the ‘kalakukko’ fish pie, a type of rye bread pie stuffed with fish (the name literally means "fish rooster"). Once you have tasted warm ‘kalakukko’, it is hard to resist. The best places for shopping for a genuine ‘kalakukko’, consisting vendace or perch and bacon baked inside a rye crust, are the Market Hall and the Marketplace.
  • You should also try fried vendace (muikku, a fresh-water fish) at local kiosks and restaurants.
  • 1 Kalakukkoleipomo Hanna Partanen, Kasarmikatu 15. Mon-Sat 06:00-20:30. The bakery shop Kalakukkoleipomo Hanna Partanen boasts a long tradition in kalakukko baking.
  • 2 Muikkuravintola Sampo, Kauppakatu 13. Tasty fried small whitefish in a pub-like atmosphere, a real classic in Kuopio.
  • 3 Restaurant Musta Lammas, Satamakatu 4. "Black Sheep" in English, the best restaurant in town, fine dining, pretty expensive.
  • 4 Restaurant Wanha Satama, Satamakatu. summer only.
  • 5 Restaurant Kummisetä, Minna Canthinkatu 44. A restaurant in the city centre, popular among adult people.
  • 6 Viking Restaurant Harald, Tulliportinkatu 44.
  • 7 Restaurant Peräniemen Kasino, Väinölänniemi. Open in July and for private occasions from May to December.. Wooden lakeside restaurant and terrace since 1902. Beautiful and peaceful scenery.
  • 8 [dead link] Restaurant Hiili (Ravintola Hiili), Käsityökatu 25, +358 50 411 9445. Steak restaurant.

DrinkEdit

CafesEdit

  • 1 Trube Markethall-cafe, Markethall.
  • 2 Burts Cafe, Haapaniemenkatu 20.
  • 3 Café Fado, Puijonkatu 15.
  • 4 Cafe Houkutus, Kauppakatu 36.
  • 5 Cafe Kaneli, Kauppakatu 22.
  • 6 Café Kolibri, Kauppakatu 16-18.
  • 7 Cafe Sektori, Puijonkatu 23.
  • 8 Coffee House, Haapaniemenkatu 24-26.

Bars & pubsEdit

  • 9 Ale pupi, Kauppakatu 16.
  • 10 Beerhouse Pannuhuone, Kauppakatu 25.
  • 11 Gloria, Kauppakatu 16.
  • 12 Intro Bar & Grill, Kauppakatu 20. A bar and a restaurant in central Kuopio.
  • 13 Malja Beer and Wine Restaurant, Kauppakatu 29.
  • 14 Restaurant Albatrossi, Makasiininkatu. Open in the summer time. A storehouse-restaurant in Kuopio harbour.
  • 15 Restaurant Apteekkari, Kauppakatu 18. A pub and club restaurant for adults in the city centre.
  • 16 Henry's Pub, Kauppakatu 18. A pub in the city centre. Rockmusic, live bands.
  • 17 K-Klubi, Vuorikatu 14. More alternative pub in Kuopio center, has for example punk and prog gigs.
  • 18 Millibaari, Laituritie 10, 71310 Vehmersalmi, +358 17 385 1500, e-mail: . Bar and restaurant by the sea, accessible by boat, also offers boat rentals.

NightclubsEdit

SleepEdit

CopeEdit

PressEdit

Locally published newspapers include:

Religious servicesEdit

Local international churches:

  • Kuopio church international International friendship group provides activities: learn English, bible study groups, camps and sport events.

Go nextEdit

  • 3 Kymppiareena (In Leppävirta, distance from Kuopio 37 km). The only ski and multipurpose sports hall in the world built into rock lies below the Spa Hotel Vesileppis. The skiing, biathlon and curling facilities are available 12 months a year. For children there is also a snow play area. Services: hotel, spa, restaurant, pub, cafe, meeting rooms, gym, squash, indoor ice rink, physiotherapy, Kymppi Areena
  • 4 Tahko (Tahkovuori) (in Nilsiä, 70km from Kuopio). Tahko is a popular Finnish tourist center, both during winters and summers.
Routes through Kuopio
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