Formerly an industrial town, the thriving city of Tampere is now one of Finland’s most technologically-progressive urban spreads. With some 210,000 citizens, Tampere is large by Finnish standards, but much like the capital city of Helsinki, it’s central core is compact enough to tour by foot. Another thing that Tampere Finland has in common with Helsinki is the fact that it is mostly surrounded by water. The city rests on an isthmus that divides two large lakes. These lakes, which are called Nasijarvi and Pyhajarvi, are just 2 of the 200 lakes that are technically located within Tampere’s city limits, so for those who like cities on the water, this one sure fits the bill. Come summertime, getting out on the water is a popular pastime, but that’s not all that Tampere tourism is about.
Tampere Finland was originally founded in 1779 by the the King of Sweden, and due to its position on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids, it became Finland’s prime industrial center in the nineteenth century. The rapids were used to generate power, and industrial areas very much characterized the city during those times. But, times have changed in Tampere Finland, and now many of the one-time industrial areas have been converted into Tampere tourism magnets, boasting cafes, restaurants, shops, museums, and other interesting things to check out during your visit. In addition to fun outdoor pursuits, those who travel to Tampere can certainly indulge in the city’s rich culture.
Some of the best cultural events in Finland take place in Tampere every year, and among them are the Tampere Film Festival and the Tampere Theatre Festival. Held in March, the Tampere Film Festival is one of Europe’s featured short film festivals, and it’s also the oldest festival of its kind in all of Scandinavia. First held in 1969, the Tampere Film Festival has only grown in popularity over the decades. The Tampere Theatre Festival, which also started in 1969, takes place in August and is quite the international event. Both Finnish and foreign theater companies put on shows for the better part of the week during the festival, and some of these shows take place in the city’s renowned revolving auditorium. Just remember to book your room at one of the Tampere hotels in advance if you plan to travel to Tampere during these two featured events.
The aforementioned revolving auditorium in Tampere Finland is known as the Pyynikki Summer Theatre. Easily one of the top Tampere attractions, it hosts productions throughout the summer months, so if you can’t make it for the Tampere Theatre Festival, your chances of catching a show here are still good come June, July, and August. Speaking of summertime Tampere tourism favorites, cruises on the lakes are well worth booking, and visitors are also encouraged to head on over to the Sarkanniemi Adventure Park. While the Sarkanniemi Adventure Park is busiest in the summer, you can visit it whatever the season, making it one of the city’s top year-round attractions. Spread over 25 acres, Sarkanniemi is part amusement park, part cultural center. In addition to fun rides and the Children’s Zoo, those who visit this fun park will also find a planetarium, an aquarium, and a fine modern art museum that houses works by Picasso, Miro, and other notable artists. Travel to Tampere with kids in tote, and you will also find the daily shows at the park’s Dolphinarium to be of particular interest. Unless you’re afraid of heights, the 510-foot observation tower at the park is also highly recommended.
The art museum at Sarkanniemi isn’t the only interesting museum in Tampere Finland. Visitors who are intrigued with the Russian influence on Finland’s history will want to consider stopping by the Lenin Museum, which offers insight into the Marxist leader’s life, and hockey fans certainly won’t want to pass on the chance to drop in on the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, which just happens to be Europe’s largest hockey-related museum. As one can imagine with a country that is partly located within the Arctic Circle, hockey is a favorite sporting activity in Finland. Also of interest when touring about Tampere is the Tampere Cathedral, which is one of the finest cathedrals in Finland. Built in the Finland’s National Romantic style and finished in 1907, the Tampere Cathedral exhibits both Gothic and Art Nouveau tendencies, and it is particularly noted for its interior works of art by renowned Finnish painter, Hugo Simberg.
Tampere tourism is alive and well, and when you’re not enjoying the rich culture here, the outdoors will likely beckon. Skiing, hiking, and golfing are just some of the seasonal things to do in and around Tampere. Tampere is just 105 miles north of Helsinki, and it is well linked to the capital by public transportation. Hop on a bus or train, and you can also get here in practically no time at all from other Finnish cities like Turku and Kuopio. The country’s second-busiest international airport is also found in Tampere, so flying in from Helsinki or abroad is always a way to arrive as well.
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