Tampere is the second-largest urban area and third most-populous individual municipality in Finland.
Wedged between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi and the rapids running trought the city linking the lakes, Tampere has been an important industrial city in the history of Finland.
Nowadays Tampere is known throughout Finland for two things: Mustamakkara (Blood Sausage), and it’s lively Theatre Culture.
With over 10 professional and amateur theatre companies, and dozens of Professional and Independent improv teams, it was an easy choice for the Finland International Improv Festival!
Tampere is easy to get to! You can fly into the Tampere Airport, or Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, which has a train to Tampere that leaves from inside the terminal! And if that wasn’t enough, downtown Helsinki is less than 2 hours away by train. Tampere is also reachable by bus, you can find schedules and pre-purchase tickets at Matkahuolto.
If you arriving to Tampere with a car, remember that you have to pay for parking pretty much everywhere in the center during daytime. You can pay for parking with apps like EasyPark or use the payment terminals located in the streets.
For more information about Tampere, check out Visit Tampere!
Images by VisitTampere / Laura Vanzo
THINGS TO SEE & DO
(Pyynikki Observation Tower)
The Pyynikki observation tower lies on top of the world’s largest eskar (a ridge of sand and gravel, an important feature of Finnish geography.
This one is over 150 meters high! The tower comes with an accompanying café (open every day 9-20), sporting the greatest “munkki” (Finnish style traditional donuts) in town.
If you are there to see the sights, the fee to go up the tower is a mere 2€, and provides a grand view of the city.
BIG (FOR FINLAND) CHURCH
The Tampere Cathedral is a beautiful stone church; it might look a bit on the small side as far as cathedrals go, but it has a powerful symbolic value to Finnish culture and history. The cathedral represents Finnish National Romantic architecture and you should definitely check out the frescoes inside. These frescoes, painted by finnish painter Hugo Simberg, attracted a lot of negative attention at the time of their creation, since they were not considered appropriate for a cathedral. Go and see for yourself the chilling beauty of “The Garden of Death”!
Sorsapuisto (The Duck Park, with a cute little pond) is located close to the hostel where you can go to practice, relax, play frisbee, meet with a cute person, etc.
THE MORDOR INN
Want to have an overview of the town? In addition to the view from Pyynikin Näkötorni, we also have Hotelli Torni, very close to the hostel, which is nicely equipped with a Sky Bar! And the whole thing looks like the little cousin of the Eye of Mordor.
No entrance fee, just get in, get up and enjoy the view!
REAL PUBLIC SAUNA
Pispalan valtatie 9
The oldest public sauna in Finland. The sauna started its operation in 1906 and is located in Pispalan Valtatie 9, 33250 Tampere.
If you want a calm, historical sauna experience to have something to compare the FiiF Sauna party to, this is a place to go for sure.
In Näsinpuisto, you get a beautiful sunset over the lake Näsijärvi while enjoying the sight of boats, trains and Särkänniemi amusement park with the majestic Näsinneula Tower in the background.
Tampere Market Hall is the biggest market hall in the Nordic countries. A place with charm and vibes from the old days. With lots of shops, cafes, and restaruants, you can go there for a snack or just browse around and peoplewatch.
The Pride of Tampere
You usually eat it with lingonberry jam. Black sausage is in the Market Hall, Sokos, and the market squares Laukontori and Tammelantori.
BOARD GAME CAFE
A wide variery of board games (also in English), good food, helpfull staff and a nice atmosphere. Also beer.
Tampere’s Main library is Metso. It’s a huge library that is shaped like a bird. Inside you’ll find books and computers and people using those to better themselves.
Tampere’s newest mall! It’s right next to the old mall, which is about 500m away from the older mall. But still. Exciting!