Tampere bears an intriguing history as an industrial city and commercial center of mainland Finland dating back to the late 18 th Century. In the 1800s, Tampere grew to become the commercial hub of Finland, especially within textile and paper manufacturing: in late 19 th Century, almost half of Finnish industrial labor was located in Tampere!
The industrial history of Tampere remains prevalent even in today’s cityscape. Finlayson Area closebythe Central Square fascinates with its amazing industrial atmosphere. The Area hosts attractions such as Finlayson fabric store, a multitude of museums, art studios as well as a startup co-working space located in one of the factory buildings! Movie theater Plevna, surrounded by a great choice of restaurants in the region, makes your day with the latest published films in a romantic atmosphere. Stroll down to Brewery Restaurant Plevna right next to the theater for the best house beers and ciders combined with lovely pub food afterwards – located in a cellar within the industrial site, the place is guaranteed to give you good vibes!
Finlayson Area hosts Werstas – the Finnish Labour Museum
where international guests can absorb information about the history of Finnish labor, working conditions and the environment amongst the industrial laborers as well as the world’s first Spy Museum
where one can immerse oneself in the history of espionage in Finland during the Cold War.
Attractions in the area include The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, the world's first Spy Museum, and Himmelblau Printmaking Studio, the leading professional printmaking workroom in Finland. The Finlayson Church, the Finlayson Palace, and Tallipiha Stable Yards are located nearby.
Tampella Neighborhood right next to Finlayson Area has its own art nouveau environment perfect for afternoon strolls by the rapids or coffee breaks at the cute cafés. Vapriikki Museum center
– located by the rapids in an old factory engineering bureau, hosts a broad range of exhibitions. The center has 9 permanent exhibitions, illuminating e.g. the history of Finnish gaming industry
, Finnish media
, Finnish Civil War
and Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame!