Tampere is situated in southern Finland and is among the largest Finnish cities. It's located between two great lakes; Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. The history of Tampere includes the beginning of industrialization and its development. Today, Tampere remains as the center of Finnish industry.
The nature of the Tampere region is also remarkable. The large gravel formed during the ice age, called Pyynikki ridge, gives wonderful views over the two lakes. The amazing, colorful area of well-preserved wooden houses called Pispala is among the popular attractions of the city.
In addition, Tampere’s social and cultural life consists of many different kinds of public saunas, interesting museums such as the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Spy Museum (Vakoilu-Museo), Lenin Museum, and Moomin Museum, as well as events and festivals during the year.
Tampere Cathedral is a Lutheran church built between 1902 and 1907. It is well-known for its frescoes; decorated, painted, and designed by Hugo Simberg, Magnus Enckell, and Architect Lars Sonck. The Wounded Angel and The Garden of Death are among the famous paintings of this historical church.
Old Town, Finlayson area
Finlayson area, also known as the old town of Tampere, is where the industrial life was born. The first electric light in Finland was illuminated and taken in use in the Finlayson area at the cotton factory. The first metal wheel, the first automatic fire extinguishing system and the textile factory are examples of an industry that was created.
The factory boutique, Finlayson Church, the Finlayson Palace, and Tallipiha Stable Yards are also situated close by. The Finlayson area is also full of events throughout the year, cultural and various entertainment activities, business and services, cinema, restaurants, and cafés.
The Moomin Museum is situated in Tampere Hall, which presents and exhibits the artistic work of Tove Jansson, the creator of Moomins. This is the only Moomin Museum in the world. It describes the original fairy tale through the wonderful illustrations of the creator. There's a Moomin shop selling gifts and various products and the Moomin books available in different languages in the Moomin library as well.
The Lenin Museum is among the unique and particular museums situated at the Worker's Hall of Tampere. The museum is famous for describing some parts of the history common between Finland and the Soviet Union in the past. This is the location where Lenin and Stalin met in 1905.
The Russian Revolution and Independence of Finland are important historical moments to come afterward. However, the museum tries to keep itself not too serious, and to be also entertaining for visitors. So you can find Stalin and Lenin wax figures, together with the jukebox to make visitors smile and to get them to take selfie pictures.
Särkänniemi amusement park
The Särkänniemi is a well-known amusement park in Finland. It is not so far from the Tampere city center and situated by the lake Näsijärvi. There are many games, fun activities, and events for children, teens, and adults throughout the year even during off-seasons such as Halloween and Christmas festivals. The Angry Birds Park, Doghill miniature town (based on the characters of the popular writer Mauri Kunnas), Planetarium and Aquarium are among the popular attractions of the amusement park.
Pyynikki observation tower
Pyynikki is a 26-meter tall popular location that attracts many visitors because of the stunning views from the top of the observation tower. There's a pine tree forest on top of a ridge where you can go for jogging and skiing trail in winter. There's also a charming beach by Lake Pyhäjärvi. During summertime, the Pyynikki summer theatre offers decades of tradition and a wonderful café known for its delicious doughnuts.
Pispala, a remarkable wooden architectural area
Pispala is a well-maintained area in Tampere that's famous for its colorful wooden houses. It's also considered as the most beautiful part of Tampere because of the breathtaking views of the lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. Visitors can find the oldest public sauna in Finland built in 1906 which is still in use called Rajaportti, a monument and museum for the Finnish poet Lauri Viita, a popular building called Shot Tower for the nice view of the area, a café called Pispala and the Pispalan Pulteri restaurant.
Tampere as the sauna capital
If visiting or even living in Finland, the sauna experience is absolutely a must-try. Finland has a worldwide reputation for a high number of saunas; as almost every residential building has one. The Tampere region is particularly known for having most public saunas of high level and of different types for every preference. According to Visit Tampere, International Sauna Association and Finnish Sauna Society has announced that Tampere can now be called as the Capital of Sauna.
How to get to Tampere
You can reach Tampere by car, train, bus, by the sea, or by airplane. If you want to rent a car, you can try to rent it online with * Discover Car Hire. Tampere has its own Tampere-Pirkkala International Airport. For more information visit, Travel to Tampere.
To eat and drink
Although nowadays it's easy to find a variety of food and cuisines, most of Tampere’s restaurants still use local products for people who are curious or interested in trying local flavors. The Tampere market hall and open-air market in summer also offer local food. For more information, visit Tampere restaurants or Tampere eat & drink.
If visitors wish to stay for the night, Tampere offers wide selections of hotels, hostels, B&B, apartments, *cottages from Lomarengas and camping areas. For more information visit, Booking accommodation Tampere or Accommodation Tampere.