The Kuopio-Tahko region encompasses a vibrant city, with a diverse economy and an internationally recognised university, and one of the country's biggest year-round travel destinations within the same municipality.
Kuopio has many well-known features and landmarks, most notably the Puijo Tower and the Market Square.
The city’s essence, however, comes from its lakeside location on the shores of Kallavesi and its role as a harbour for lake traffic.
On a nearby ridge overlooking Kuopio is the Puijo observation tower and it offers some of the best lake views in Finland.
During the summer, Kuopio has a number of restaurant terraces down by the harbour from which you can watch steam boats chugging about on the water.