Now it's 62 years from the death of Mannerheim. He's probably the biggest war hero in Finland and he lead the (white) forces in 1918 war and was the lead of Finnish army during the 2nd war war (known as Winter war and Continuation War in Finland). Because the main battles in spring 1918 was in Tampere, Mannerheim still polarize people from in the area and it has been impossible to set the his statue in the Centre. Now the statue stands on the same place Mannerheim followed battles in Tampere. There are only small signs and the place really is on beaten path in Leinola.
Navigate to end of Hampulankatu and walk to the hill (left side).
Be brave and go to the sauna with swimming and do it when sun is not shining and is cold. The temperature of water varies from zero to 25. Single ticket to sauna is 5 euros and 10 time series ticket is 35.
If you make "hole in the ice swimming" your hobby, you never feel sick or never get a cold or sniffles.
For further information (f.e. opening hours), look the webpages.
If you are interested in fishing you should go try lake fishing with your friend's boat. The trolling boats are quite expensive and you need rods, reels and lures specially made to boat usage. And the weather! This is not a beach party - the best it is when worst it is: it's raining and cold.
If you are lucky, you can get pikes, freshwater trouts, bass or sander. By the way, the biggest sander got from these lakes was about 15 kilos!
Viikinsaari Islad seems to be the summertime living room of people in Tampere. You go there by a ferry/ship, have a picnic, enjoy the sunshine, sports, views, etc etc.
The ticket to Viikinsaari and back costs 7/6/3 euros (normal price/studets, retired/ children 4-14 yo). The ships leave the Laukontori harbor every hour and it takes 20 minutes to get to Viikinsaari.
Nokia is Tampere's neighbour and it offers for example a fun spa Eden by Lake Pyhajarvi. I bet you are familiar with the name Nokia but with different connection (of course Finland is famous of the mobile phone supplier Nokia, www.nokia.com).
The Tirkkonen building is just one of Tampere's many Art Nouveau buildings, but if you enjoy this style of architecture as much as we do, you will not want to miss it. The bright yellow and red building was designed by Lars Sonck (the man who would later build Tampere's famed cathedral) and Birger Federley in 1901. It got its name from the family of merchants who lived there.
You will find Tirkkonen building at the intersection of Kuninkaankatu and Kauppakatu.
There's a desert island on lake Pyhäjärvi just 2-3km from the city center. The island is "open" in the summer time when you can take a 20-min boat trip from Laukontori harbour. The island is very good picnic/BBQ place (bring your own food). There are also a cafeteria/restaurant, many beaches, mini golf etc. You can also book a sauna hour of your own.
In the middle of city Tammerkoski rapids divide the city into West and East side. The rapids are one of the best places to catch salmon in the Southern Finland. However, you need to buy a permit for fishing (they sell daily and weekly permits too). Only fly fishing and spinning are allowed in Tammerkoski rapids.
The Tampere Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Finland. Kaarle Halme, a pioneer of dramatic art, founded it with the help of the city´s businessmen and indrustrialists in 1904. At first, plays put on by the Tampere Theatre were staged in various temporary premises. Then in 1913, an impressive new theatre was completed in the centre of the city. The Theatre´s main stage is still located in this building. Today the Tampere Theatre has three stages: The Main Stage, the Theatre Café stage and the Frenckell Theatre, which is situated beside the Satakunta-Bridge and was opened in 1982.
Altogether the theatre will hold about 800 spectators. Unlike several other Finnish theatres, which were started by amateur groups the Tampere Theatre is a private company and has functioned as a professional theatre from the start. The company´s repertoire is versatile and artistically of a high level. It stages a wide range of musicals, Finnish plays, world classics and modern premieres. Annually, over 130 000 spectators attend some 500 performances in the Theatre and every year 8-10 plays have their premieres.
Adress: Keskustori 2 (central square).
Have you ever heard of “Urban knitting”? I haven’t before and indeed, it is one of the most unusual forms of art I have come across. It was probably started by a group called “knitta” in the USA and spread worldwide. Tampere is a place where many works can be found, thanks to a local girl called Elina. And of course thanks to the open-minded people of Tampere who embrace such kind of art instead of removing it. The idea is simple, but still inventive. A small knitted piece, varying in size but usually around 20 x 20 cm is wrapped around a pole or similar stable item somewhere in a city. Usually, Elina’s knitted pieces are well hidden. Some were removed, some have been there so long that they look worn out. Anyway, each one has its own character. For an overview, visit her blog. Or if you want a surprise effect, just walk around the city and look if you find a chamaleon knitted around a balustrade :)
Have a look at the central fire station, in particular the old part. Probably it is not one of the most obvious sights, but it has ist own charme. It was built during the struggle of Finland ofr independence in the early 20th century (1908) and represents the Art Nouveau style. The architect was Wivi Lönn who was the first female architect to be widely recognized in Finland.
The fire station is located between Tuomiokirkko and the Tampella area
There is a unique wooden art designer in Tampere, it’s 'Penna Design' and is one of the most unique style of art I ever saw in my life. It is hand made of pure Finnish birch wood. If you have the chance, drop by, if not, you can find his work of art in selected souvenirs stores.
FIN-33820 Tampere, FINLAND
I have grown up in Urjala which is a small village near Tampere. It takes about 45 minutes by car from Tampere to Urjala. Urjala is a beautiful small village where you can relax and enjoy your life. In the summer you will find a great camping place by the lake and you could feel 'the magic night of Urjala' (Urjalan taikayo) if you dare to. Look out for more from my Urjala page.
Because I am a litigator every courthouse is my workplace in a way. Tampere District Court is a great place to work because it's fairly new and modern. Even the media has their own room in the courthouse.
Tampere Court House is situated in Tampella factory area. The building is an old factory.
You know that almost every court proceeding in Finland is open to the public, so be please to attain and enjoy the Finnish court system (of course tou have to understand Finnish, which might be a little bit difficult). :-)
The address is Kelloportinkatu 5 A, Tampere.
If you arrive in Tampere by the train station, you cannot miss the city's Orthodox Church. It is built in the neo-Byzantine style, it is consecrated to the memories of both Alexander Nevski and St. Nicolas. The seven cupolas represent the seven sacraments and their shape the flame of the Holy Spirit.
On a historical note, the church was taken over by the Reds (revolutionary troops) during the Finnish Civil War of 1918 before being besieged by the Whites (government troops).
The church is located at Tuomiokirkonkatu 27, near the intersection of Rautatienkatu and Kalevantie. It is only open in the summer: in May, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays; and from June to August, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Prior appointments can be taken at other times.
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