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Experience Tampere

Tampere – voted the best city to live in Finland by Finns themselves – is a unique city surrounded by two beautiful natural lakes, the world’s highest esker with breathtaking trails and parks and a picturesque rapid built during the industrial boom of the 19 th Century. Located centrally within only 2 hours away from Helsinki and being easily reachable throughout the country, the city is a perfect location for business meetings and exhibitions, family gatherings and – of course – travels.

For travelers, Tampere provides an amazing set of attractions, sights and activities both in urban atmosphere and in the Finnish nature. The best thing is – while there is a lot to see, feel and experience in Tampere, you can also get a nice grasp and view in one day!
The view from Pispalanharju Ridge towards Pyhäjärvi Lake.
Nature is always in the vicinity in Finland, wherever you go. 75% of the country is covered by forest. Ontop of that, the country has almost 200,000 lakes. Tampere is a great place to explore the Finnish urbancity life – right next to the breathtaking Nordic pure nature.

The best attractions and sights in Tampere locate only within few kilometers from the City Center. Headto Pyynikki observation tower, located in the historical Pyynikki neighborhood in the vicinity of the forest, and try ‘munkki’ [mungk-ki] – the Finnish sugar doughnut pinched with cardamom flavor. The observation tower is surrounded by nature and boasts some of the best trails and paths for running and walking.
The Pispala Steps trail is where all champions are made! Local sports teams exercise at the trail throughout the year.
Would you like a relaxing body and soul treatment close to Finnish nature? Stroll down to Rajaportti public sauna – the oldest Finnish public sauna still in use - located below Pyynikinharju ridge just 1,5kilometers from downtown. In addition to the sauna facilities, Rajaportti sauna provides massages and a yurvedic treatments to cool you off.

Fancy a dip after relaxing, hot sauna? Try Rauhaniemi natural spa. Only 2 kilometers away from Central Square, the sauna is located by the beautiful Näsijärvi lake. Bath in the pure, refreshing water of Näsijärvi, enjoy a nice cup of tea in the evening sun or just enjoy the beautiful Lakeland views.
Tampere attracts many visitors nationwide due to the city’s great shopping amenities and galore ofstores. The new downtown mall Ratina, located right next to the central bus station, hosts more than 100 shops and a multitude of restaurants. Koskikeskus, the reputable centerpiece of commercial Tampere - situated right next to Ratina mall – hosts a diverse set of local boutique shops, international retailers and a wide range of restaurants and a cozy movie theater.

The city center has many small shops unique Finnish and Nordic nuances. For the fittest jeans and garments, try INCH” in the city center. Or head down to Kapteenska on Laukontori to find the warmest and coziest sailing outfits matched to the Nordic environment. For all your design needs, DomDom on Aleksis Kivenkatu right across Central Square is the go-to to find pure, fascinating Nordic elements. Furthermore, there are multiple attractive small shops and larger department stores located downtown. On the main boulevard Hämeenkatu, you can find traditional Finnish department stores Sokos and Stockmann with selected assortment of fine cosmetics, fashion and luxury delicacies. Attached to Sokos, you will find Tampereen Kauppahalli – the historical indoor food market located downtown opened in 1901 – which hosts multiple small boutiques and food stalls with Finnish homely fare and handicrafts.
Stockmann department store offers premium domestic and international brands downtown on Hämeenkatu.
Movie night!
Finnkino Plevna movie theater is located in an old weaving factory and screens all recent flicks.
Just looking to chill but got no Netflix? No worries.

Tampere has many lively and up-to-date movie theaters around the city. Plevna – one of the largest cinemas in Finland - locates in the fascinating Finlayson Area dating back to early 19 th century and hosts 10 full-size screening rooms. Apart from regular screenings and shows, Plevna hosts screenings for children, families and business shows.

For indie movies and hipster atmosphere, head down to Arthouse Cinema Niagara in Kehräsaari.Located just 5 minutes away from Central Square in an atmospheric factory area, Niagara welcomes filmaficionados to see shortfilms, local projects and indie flicks in a historical environment. The Arthousealso has an intriguing café/bar, claimed to be the best place in Tampere to engage in culture and artdebates over a glass of wine during late hours!
History, Museums and Culture
The industrial history of Tampere has maintained its prevalence in the cityscape.
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!
Dining & restaurants
Restaurant Periscope offers casual fine dining with delicious international cuisine by the Tammerkoski rapids.
Tampere offers many wonderful restaurants, fancy bistros and cute cafés that’ll make your taste buds do the tango! The vital spectrum of different cuisines makes Tampere a culinary hub satisfying your palate with most interesting flavors.

For the best dinner experience with views over Tammerkoski rapids and downtown, try Periscope in Ratina shopping mall – looking over the whole downtown inside the city itself! Greatest meat dishes and steaks can be found at Huber , just 200 meters down from Central Square! There are also many traditional places that provide a lovely historical atmosphere over food. Head down to Tampereenkauppahalli – the market hall right downtown and find a multitude of local dishes and delicacies.

For all you vegetarians, Tampere hosts a great set of bistros and kitchens with great international dishes! Restaurant Gopal , which has three different joints spread around the city, serve vegetarian lunch and delicacies inspired with Indian flavors. For mezze lovers, Zeytuun (olive in Arabic) is the go-to Lebanese vegetarian restaurant in Tampere – with two locations right downtown ! If you’re looking for a place for vegetarian fine dining, head down to restaurant Bertha closeby the railway station. (Please note that you should request the vegetarian menu in advance.)

On weekends, Tampere hosts a multitude of brunches. We especially recommend Café Pispala’s Sunday brunch, served in a cute villa located by the Pispala ridge. Fazer Café downtown serves a great continental breakfast with delicious coffee choices – even on weekdays!