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- For tourists looking for public transport to a national park, I recommend this (even though people would say there are more dense forests in Finland). The walks are very peaceful and scenic and the lakes looked oddly picturesque despite being frozen over. You can see various birds and animals on paths to Haukkalampi and Kattila - though the Haukkalampi trail is popular for tourists so I advise getting there early.Written 14 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) is competing with Kiasma Art Museum in Helsinki. Espoo Museum is located in a grey dull building which is the former Weilin&Göös printing house from 1974. What it takes to buildings, Kiasma is located in a more striking building with more interesting architecture.
What it takes to exhibitions, it is hard to say which one is better. On this Espoo visit, there was a stunning exhibition "Chiharu Shiota: Tracing Boundaries". It is an immersive installation consisting of tautly crisscrossing threads. Visitors are entering the maze of yarn, which encloses a sequence of old doors that open alternative routes through the work.
Another impressive work was "Daniel Buren: Going for a Walk in a Zigzag". Buren created this enormous work consisting of countless folding screens, inviting visitors to take a walk through the zigzagging maze.
Daniel Buren is famous for his practice of using 8.7 cm-wide vertical stripes as a visual tool to reveal hidden aspects of familiar spaces. In May, you can find 105 striped flags filling Espoo’s Tapionaukio square. Museum’s personnel have also striped vests.Written 24 May 2022
- This exhibition centre is also called EMMA and is situated in Tapiola very near the metro station, only 1 kilometer from there. There are always many exhibitions at the same time. Last time we saw MIchael Jackson exhibition which was wort seeingWritten 6 November 2019
- Very nice and interesting nature center informing about the Nuuksio national park and finnish nature in general. Current exhibitioni LOL (Luonto on Laiffii = Nature is life) is real fun!Written 10 September 2019
- Kaitalampi in Espoo is the perfect forest area and lake to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital area in Finland. Only about 35 minutes from Helsinki, Kaitalampi lake in Luukki recreation area provides nice trails and several cooking shelters for spending a day outdoors.Written 24 April 2020
- This is a nice place to enjoy life and spend summer time with families. There is a beautiful lake and a small cafeteria near here.Written 23 July 2021
- Good mall! Good to shop in and easy access public transportation. The mall has easy access to trains, busses and taxis. There are better malls in Finland, but still a great place.Written 20 September 2022
- This old church and its surroundings are beautiful.
I have my family buried here so, I visit there often.Written 26 June 2022
- When I had headlined with "Try it for yourself", it is so one is not easily swayed from the idea of actually going there.
I do agree with a few points made out by some and believe some of these concerns should be addressed! However, I do also believe that if you go with an open mind and wanting fun, you'll find it. That's exactly what we found yesterday when we attended.
We did skip the long queues due to buying the tickets in advance. Just an easy smart little tip for all to do whom read this.
We got there and found the locker rooms with ease and got ready for what looked to be a promising day.
We had so much fun on the slides. We liked the 120 metre one indoors, the 80 metre one indoors and the 2 person ring ones outside the most.
I noticed someone had mentioned that it was hard to slide down them. I noticed this with some people also but my wife who was sat down went really fast and myself whom was laid down also went really fast. Maybe we got lucky! However it was the majority that I'd seen on the slides going fast. Luck of the draw? Who knows!
OK, so the queues aint so great and more staff at the top by the slides would be good as there seemed to be a few people always trying to push in. I'll say this honestly, it was the same people over and over. They were clearly from outside of Europe like Asia and North Africa. Apart from that, no worries.
Outside slides (the tiger slides) felt really weird to stand on as the platform is Hugh and very shaky. Would be good to fix that or add more support.
So yeah, overall very good with the slides.
The restaurant, very expensive for what it is. It was chaotic and to make things worse, got my simple order wrong! I will say this, the girl dealing with the matter was nice, dealt with it fast and sorted it. So, it wasn't all bad.
I'll definitely be back one day with the kids. I know they would love it there.Written 5 July 2022
- A nice little museum only 20 minutes or so outside Helsinki. It's an old farm house dating from the beginning of the 1800's. There are about 12 buildings to visit. The main house had an exhibition about Finnish bee keeping as well as a little gift shop. A small dwelling was decked out in the style of the late 1800's and early 1900's. Members of the museum staff were very knowledgeable and were ready to offer their help and answer questions. A little cafe was avaliable and they had chickens and sheep for the children to look at. A nice little place for a hours visit.Written 17 August 2021
- The place is nice and something that has been missing in this area. Anyway, the outside pools are really really crowded. The entrance from outside to the showers always smells like a wet dog.
Children love it.Written 24 July 2018
- Tapiola is one of the major urban centers of Espoo. The name Tapiola is derived from Tapio, who is the forest god of Finnish mythology.
Tapiola was largely constructed in the 1950s and 1960s and was designed as a garden city. Its architecture and landscaping combine urban living with nature.
Since our last visit in 2018, there have come many new buildings. The mall Ainoa is ready. However, many of the older concrete buildings show signs of decay and are in desperate need of reconstruction.
Tapiola is the location of the Espoo Cultural Center, the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), the Espoo City Museum, and the Espoo City Theatre.Written 24 May 2022
- I were Camping there with my friend and our kids. We didnt stay at camping area, we were staying In the forest next by the lake.
There is many places to stay In the forest, i recommend to find your own cool place to stay, instead of boring camping area.
There is free toilets and drinking water 24/7 at the beach,kids big playground, restaurant, outdoor gym and other sports, and lots of stuff to do.
Nature is beautiful, and it was easy place to go with small children.Written 9 December 2019
- I took a metro train (a subway) from Helsinki city center to Aalto University and walked from there to the southern point of Laajalahti Nature Reserve in Otaniemi. It took less than five minutes to walk there.
There are walking and biking routes, duckboards (biking not allowed), some picnic tables, three bird watching towers and cows in the pasture within the precincts of Laajalahti Nature Reserve. About 100 nesting bird species have been seen there.
Villa Elfvik is the visitor center of Laajalahti Nature Reserve. This Art Nouveau villa was built in 1904. You also find Cafe Elfvik (read separate Tripadvisor reviews) in the villa. The distance from the southern point of the nature reserve to the villa is about 2.7 kilometers. There are short nature trails around the villa. Some of them are accessible. You can borrow a pair of binoculars from the information desk.
Villa Elfvik is situated near the ring road named Ring 1. There are parking places and a city bike station near the villa. So this northern part of the nature reserve is also a good starting point. Remember to visit the upstairs of the villa, too. You find a butterfly collection and a small playground there.
There is also an archaeological site next to the villa. A brick factory was located there in the 18th century. A faience factory was established in the old brick factory at the turn of the 19th century.
I wasn't sure if I should give the rating of three or four stars. Laajalahti Nature Reserve deserves four stars as a nature area in the metropolitan area. However, this isn't a very good nature area if you think the whole country. There are countless nature areas which are much better elsewhere in Finland.Written 25 May 2022
- This specialty museum of play, toys, and childhood can be found in Tapiola. The last time we visited in 2018, the museum was located in the WeeGee Exhibition Center next door. Now it has got its own building.
This time there was so much action going on in this museum that we didn't take our shoes off but proceeded to EMMA which was our main goal. However, we made a short visit to the small Finnish Bell and Jewelry Museum Kruunu next door in the same building.Written 24 May 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Espoo
- The best day trips from Espoo according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Half-Day Nature Adventure to Nuuksio National Park from Helsinki
- Personal familiarity with the traditional Finnish sauna and food in Helsinki
- Helsinki PRIVATE Familiarity with the traditional Finnish food and sauna