Espoo is a city that belongs to the Helsinki City Complex. It is modern and since the beginning of its development in the mid-20th century, solutions related to sustainable development have been introduced here. It is known primarily for its architecture and cultural institutions.
The village in the place of Espoo already existed in the Middle Ages, and the remains of it is the so-called Espoo Cathedral, a stone church built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries. Its interior is decorated with paintings depicting biblical scenes and the life of the local population.
Until the mid-twentieth century, Espoo was a minor village. Its development began with the expansion of the area of nearby Helsinki. It quickly became one of the most popular places to buy an apartment or a house. At the same time, the village received city rights and its expansion began according to a strict plan. It assumed the creation of a modern city that does not affect the natural environment at the same time. Many buildings in the city, including the local university, were designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
Today, Espoo is home to numerous technology companies, a university and cultural institutions. Visiting Espoo is mainly about visiting the local museums and parks that separate the individual districts from each other. Espoo's highlights include the WeeGee Exhibition Center with the EMMA complex, the Finnish Haltia Nature Center, the Espoo Automobile Museum and the Espoo Cultural Center.
In summer, many visitors are attracted by the Serena Water Park with outdoor pools and an artificial beach.