Every self-respecting Finnish city has a tower to look out over the flat lands below, and Puijo Tower, Puijontie 135, 2km north of the train station (Mon–Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 10am–7pm; €6; bus #10), is Kuopio’s. The tower is modern but the woods nearby are ancient and undisturbed, plus there’s a rare example of a sixteenth-century tenant farm to explore.

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