VIBRANT NATURE AND CITY LIFE IN ESPOO!
With 58 kilometres of shoreline, 95 lakes and 165 islands, Espoo impresses from the word go! For the perfect city break, stay at the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel beautifully located in the Otaniemi area on the waterfront. Close by, you’ll find the shopping and entertainment area of Tapiola, while Helsinki is just a 15-minute drive away. After a long day of sightseeing, kick back in the hotel’s sauna centre and enjoy panoramic sea views.
Although Espoo is a densely populated modern city, it still has numerous idyllic, rural regions to the west and north of the city. The Espoo area has been continuously inhabited since at least the 12th or 13th century, when settlers from Sweden arrived in the Uusimaa region. Espoo’s main thoroughfare, Kuninkaantie (King’s Road), crossing through the city (the old Turku-Vyborg highway, or Suuri rantatie) was constructed in the 13th century. In the cityscape there are many reminders of olden times, such as the medieval cathedral and many beautiful mansions. You can spend your time in Espoo admiring the scenic and historic landscape or in a more urban way by shopping and attending cultural activities – in Espoo there is something for everyone.
The elegant Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo, is located in a naturally beautiful seaside landscape, near the convention centre Dipoli, Aalto University and Keilaniemi. Tapiola, where the nearest shopping and entertainment facilities are, is only two kilometres away. Also, Helsinki attractions and shopping destinations are within easy reach of the Radisson Blu Hotel.
You can choose a room overlooking the sea or the park landscape. The rooms have beautiful wooden floors and the wallpaper depicts images of the Espoo archipelago, which brings the illusion of nature into the hotel rooms. Relaxation and recreation are afforded by the hotel's luxurious wellness facilities and the sports opportunities offered by the surrounding seaside. Whether a business or leisure traveller, the Radisson Blu guarantees you a first-class city trip.
The convenient shopping centre Iso Omena in Matinkylä, Espoo, is like a small town. There are more than one hundred shops selling fashion, furnishings, leisure and wellbeing products, cafés and restaurants to suit every taste, as well as a cinema.
In Tapiola, there is Finland's second oldest shopping centre, Heikintori, which was built in 1968. The building was designed by Aarne Ervi and is included in the nationally significant cultural environments list of Finland's National Board of Antiquities and Historical Monuments. In addition to Heikintori, the shopping centre Ainoa and the Stockmann department store are also located in Tapiola.
There are a number of factory outlets in Espoo. Design fans should seek out Design Shop Outlet in Olari – it sells products by up-and-coming young designers. The Iittala outlet store in Lommila sells class I products, class II products and special-offer items by much-loved Finnish brands such as Arabia, Fiskars, Iittala and Hackman. In Kauklahti there is a Lumene factory shop with a wide range of products for half price and class II products for up to 70 per cent discount.
The wonderful linen shop, By Pia's Design, can be found in an unexpected place – a hundred-year-old timber shed at the Espoo train station. The shop sells beautiful, high-quality linen clothes and products for the home.
In Eestinkylä village, Kirkkonummi, there is an idyllic Farm Shop, which is a shop, bakery and coffee shop rolled into one. You can indulge in the café with delicious breads and pastries that were baked using the Farm Shop’s own grain. In the shop you will find a wide selection of locally produced flour, jams, honey, juices, cheeses, sausages, fish and meat, as well as arts and crafts and much more. In addition, for children and the young at heart the Farm Shop offers a fairy-tale trail, which is open all year round, weather permitting.
Espoo also has a number of markets where you can find intricate handicrafts, market atmosphere, personalised service and affordable gifts. Among these are the station market in the centre of Espoo, the Viapori market at the Sello shopping centre, the Läkkitori market in Leppävaara and the Aarne Ervi Square in Tapiola.
Relax at the end of the shopping day at the stylish Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo, by the sea. The top-floor sauna department has three saunas, a swimming pool and a roof terrace with stunning sea views.
The historic mansions of Espoo are beautiful attractions. Worth a visit is Espoo Manor, which was founded by King Gustav Vasa in 1556. In the manor surroundings you can ride, as its former cowshed has since 1987 hosted the Espoo Riding Stables. The Träskända Manor House hails from the 18th century and its manor park is one of the country's most important historic parks. Bodom Manor House is a magnificent mansion, built in 1797 on the banks of Lake Bodom in Espoo. During golf season, Golf Master activities are centred at the Manor. Espoo also has plenty of other golf putting greens.
Espoo Cathedral is the city's most important historic building. The oldest parts of the medieval, grey stone church date from the 1480s. The modern counterpart to the Cathedral is Tapiola Church. The overall shape of the church is that of a concrete cube, which has an additional annex with a courtyard in the centre. The church, designated a protected site in the city plans of Tapiola, was completed in 1965.
Many of Espoo’s interesting museums are located in the WeeGee House, a former printing house in Tapiola. Under the same roof are for instance the Museum of Modern Art, Emma, the City Museum and the Toy Museum KAMU Horseshoe. The Gallen-Kallela Museum in Tarvaspää is a studio home designed and built by Akseli Gallen-Kallela in 1911-1913. The museum combines different architectural styles and is well worth seeing. Those interested in architecture should also visit Aalto University's Otaniemi campus, designed by Alvar Aalto. In addition, the garden city of Tapiola is an architecturally interesting attraction.
Families with children can find plenty to do at waterpark Serena, with its pools and water slides. The Huimala family leisure centre is located near the Kehätie III ring road, and its play equipment is so strong that it can be enjoyed by the whole family. In the Oittaa outdoor recreation area on the banks of Lake Bodom is the Angry Birds Play Park, which is open to all and is free of charge. Other fun sports adventure parks in Espoo are HopLop in Tapiola and HopStop in the Sello shopping centre. Also check out what Santa Claus does on holiday at his hideaway cottage, amidst the gorgeous lakeside views of Korpilampi.
Do you want to enjoy fresh sea air and the diverse nature of the archipelago? The archipelago boat operates to the Espoo islands, whose diverse nature consists of cliffs, wooded areas, groves, as well as rocky and sandy beaches.
Sports enthusiasts should head to Barona Arena for the Espoo Blues ice hockey games or to Tapiola Sports Park, where the football club FC Honka plays its home matches. At Vermo trotting track you can experience an exciting racing atmosphere, the thunder of hooves and the scent of horses every week of the year.
From the Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo, you have excellent connections to the attractions and activities of Espoo, whether you travel by car or on public transport. The hotel's modern rooms offer you the peace and harmony of nature amidst an action packed day in Espoo.
In addition to the Espoo City Theatre, there are a number of other theatres that cater to all tastes, such as the dance theatre Glims & Gloms, the children's puppet and musical theatre Horseshoe and the Swedish-language Fallåker Teater.
For music lovers, there are different kinds of music festivals in Espoo, among them JuuriJuhla (a festival of Espoo folk music), "Organ Night and Aria" (an impressive festival of night concerts), and Kivenlahti Rock (a rock festival presenting renowned artists).
For lovers of good food in Espoo, there are a number of interesting restaurants. The Ranta Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel exudes warm atmosphere and serves Italian-inspired flavours of the sea. The Grill it! restaurant in Tapiola combines traditional barbequing and first-class raw materials in a fresh and inspiring way. In Haukilahti there is the exciting Stork’s Nest, built in an old water tower, as well as the beautiful Pavillion, with a marine theme.
Have a delicious cup of coffee in the 18th century milieu of a traditional Bemböle coffee house. The charming Peroba Café in Leppävaara is housed in a beautiful 1910's log villa, and is known for its popular brunch. During the summer season you should pop into Café Ankkuri in Otsolahti to admire the stunning sea views of the marina.
Thinking of spending an evening in Espoo? The Bada Bing! restaurant is a stylish mixture of lounge, bar and nightclub. This is where Aunt Jemimah's Creole Kitchen serves delicacies of the Creole kitchen. California's sun-ripened Surf & Turf tastes can be enjoyed in the sea-themed Ranta Restaurant in Otaranta. Celebrations have been held in Kannunkulma in the centre of Espoo since 1998. The legendary dance venue Fennia gets people dancing at the shopping centre Sello. Helsinki nightlife is also within easy reach of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo.
After an eventful day, you are guaranteed complete relaxation by the Radisson Blu Hotels’ unique Blu Dreams sleep experience and sweet dreams in a Magic Bed®, which transports you gently to the “land of Nod”. A wide choice of blankets and pillows provides a good sleep, which ensures that you wake up to a new morning refreshed and ready to go. The day starts energetically with a plentiful and varied Super Breakfast® buffet breakfast. When you want to break away from the mundane, select Radisson Blu.