Although not so popular as Nasi park (near Nasijarvi lake) which is always full of tourists we loved Pyynikki park. It’s located next to Lake Pyhajarvi, a lovely peaceful area full of trees that seems to be more popular among locals.
It was created in 1830s. People come here for relaxing walks along the numerous paths, jogging etc We went down to the lake where we met a guy with a small row boat and had a little chat. During winter children take their sleds and play on the snow (the park is located all over some hills).
We visited the park in mid June so most people were gathered near the Observation Tower (pic), there’s a lovely café at the bottom of the tower where we had tasty donuts but we also went up to enjoy the view. It was opened in 1929 replacing the old tower (1888) that was damaged during the civil war (1918)
Apart from the paths in the woods there is also a paved street for those who drive, hopefully we only saw 2-3 cars near the tower but not any other that could spoil the silence. There’s also a summer theatre where small events take place but also an area where a heavy metal festival take place in early June (we were there 2 days after the festival ended actually)
The observation Tower is the main attraction of Pyynikki park. Although not really tall (only 26meters) it stands at 152meters above sea level because it’s located on top of a Pyynikki ridge (the oldest gravel ridge on earth!).
It’s a stone round tower that was designed by Vilho Kolho and built by local red granite, it opened in 1929 for Tampere’s 150th anniversary replacing the old tower (1888) that was damaged during the civil war (1918).
The tower gives some nice views from the top, over the park, we could see both lakes (lake Nasijarvi to the north, lake Pyhajarvi to the south) but also the city of Tampere. I really love it when I have 360’ views, so make sure you have your camera with you. You can reach the top by an old lift or walk up the stairs and check the windows on way (we skipped this as we knew we had a lot of walk to do in Tampere). There were only 3-4 other people up there so we could take photos with no rush, this was no surprise as most people prefer the commercial much taller but uglier tower at Sarkanniemi park (you can see it on pic 5).
You have to pay a small fee (2euro) to get inside but I realized that after visiting the tower when we had the tasty donuts at the tower cafe which is housed downstairs.
This is the older observation tower, definately the better one. The park around Pyynikki is a place of relaxation to all of us, you can walk and roam there around the year and there are skiing paths in winters.
I can say that this is the lung of Tampere and all it's inhabitants, too.
The best donuts (munkki) are served here in tower cafe, please, try those with black hot coffee.
In summer time you can find summer theatre close to Hotel Rosendahl and of course there's a possibility of sunbathing and swimming in the Pyynikki swimming area.
Pyynikki Ridge is a great place to walk (or, in the winter, ski). Conveniently located just west of the city centre, this large forested area rises up to 85 m above sea level, giving visitors great views of the surrounding Nasijarvi and Pyhajarvi lakes.
Pynnikki also has an observation tower and outdoor theatre. The observation tower is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is also a small restaurant, where you MUST try the doughnuts! They are delicious. As for the outdoor theatre, it presents a different play each year from mid-June to mid-August. Its stage is set against the lovely backdrop of Lake Pyhajarvi.
There are nice sceneries around Pyynikki and Pispala. Ridge over there offers nice views as well does the observation tower of Pyynikki.
You can already see that Finnish nature just a one or two kms from the city centre.
While you are there remember to visit the observation tower and have 'munkkikahvit' there. :)
Pyhäjärvi is the southern of the two big lakes which make Tampere run. At the nothern shore, you will find the Pyynikki ridge with its woods. Both are nice places to relax and offer a spectacular view. Walking along the shores of Pyhäjärvi, you can enjoy the woods, have a look at the beautiful little boats which are moored at the coast or enjoy any kind of outdoor activity like sports or just hanging around with friends. From time to time, there is also something going on in the Rosendahl hotel.
However, the most popular spot in the woods is the observation tower. Please check my separate tip for that one.
P.S.: All the pictures were made on the way between the city (Hämeenpuisto) and the observation tower. You see, it is easy to get an idea of Finnish nature without having to leave the city
Pyynikki is considered to be the world’s highest gravel ridge. And the Näkötorni observation tower stands on ist top. That gives the tower – despite ist heighth of only 26 meters – a wonderful view over Tampere and its lakes. Among locals and tourists, the tower has become a popular destination. It is almost traditional to go up to the tower and then eat one of the donuts (“munkki”) at the café afterwards. The observation tower at Pyynikki ridge is the more traditional one and the less commerical of the two in Tampere. The other one is Näsinneula, a tower with a rotating top, at Särkänniemi amusement park.
As of 2010, the entry fee for the tower was 2 EUR (no entry fee for the café, of course). Pay at the café before going up. There is an elevator to get up, but if you can walk up the stairs why don’t you do something good for yourself before eating the donut?
The website below is from the cafe, but has good information on the tower too.
This funky tower lies on a beautiful spot on top of the world's highest gravel ridge, Pyynikki.
There has been an observation tower on this spot for a long time, but the previous wooden tower was so badly damaged in the Finnish civil war of 1918 that it had to be replaced.
The new red granite tower was built in 1929. Although the tower is only 26 metres high, the Pyynikki ridge is so high that there is a magnificent view from the lookout spot on top of the tower.
You can admire the skyline of Tampere from here, as well as the view over both Lake Pyhäjärvi and Lake Näsijärvi.
Tickets to go to the open roof at the top are sold in the café downstairs, costing a mere 1EUR. Then you get into the old-style elevator.
Hours: Mon to Sun from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM.
This is old and famous Pyynikin näkötorni(Pyynikki is the place,näkötorni is sight-seeingtower in Finnish).It´s not too high for us who don´t like so high places,but because it ´s up in the hill,it has very good sights-you really see far away.
People who has born in tampere love their"munkki",witch is kind of donut-I think Finnis donuts are better than American-style,but I don´t still know if these are so different.Maybe it´s sentimental thing for "barefoot"Tampere-people.
High up on the Pyynikki hill there's a solid tower which offers delicious sweet doughnuts. In the photo you can se how the hundreds of motor cyclists have been ridden to Pyynikki Tower for a coffee and a doughnut :)
The tower of Pynnikki built in 1929 offers spectacular views of Tampere.It's also famous for its doughnuts, which are said to be the best in town. In fact, when we visited the place there were more people standing in the line for doughnuts, than those willing to go to the top. I reccommend both.
This peaceful oasis in the town seems to me the best attraction. There are a lot of marked walking paths leading you along the lakes, up or down the hills. From time to time you meet somebody jogging or cycling ( the Finns are very sporty). Also a lot of events are staged there, like some theatrical performances or contests.
Pyynikki Ridge is situated between the lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi and offers a beautiful scene to both of the lakes. It's a popular place for locals for jogging and walks. On the top of the ridge (which you can reach by car so no NEED to jog unless you like it ;)) there is an observation tower where you can climb (no elevator).
The observation tower naturally offers very nice scenes of Tampere, actually you can see all the way to where I live and that's alreay outside the city of Tampere. There's also a cafe with famous donoughts, you should try them cause they are delicious indeed :) The tower and café are open Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. Entrance fee to the tower: adults 1 euro, children 20 cents. Many seem to miss paying the fee though, since nobody's actually checking it... Admission to the café at the foot of the tower is free.
In the Pyynikki ridge area by Lake Pyhäjärvi on Joselininniemi isthmus there is also Pyynikki open-air theatre. In 2003 the play was "Hopeinen kuu" (The Silver Moon), a Finnish musical. The play is performed in Finnish, but there is an English summary available. In the same Pyynikki area there's a nice not too crowded beach, a nice park and even for accomodation Scandic Hotel Rosendahl, so Pyynikki is an area to almost all your needs ;)
Pyynikki tower is in the middle of the park. Get relax in the coffee place where you can have a traditional Finnish coffee & donuts.
Also walk further in the forest and take a look at the lake from the clips, it is breathtaking.
Check also my Pyynikki travelogue.
This is a great place to relax and do a little hiking... Good exercise for your thighs with many stairs ;)
The location is only 2km from the center of Tampere. And the lake is just next to it. So, in the winter you can do a little ski-trip on the ice. In the summers a boat-trips :D Or, you can just enjoy the view. there are quite high spots there and you can see far away (in Finland it's not so usual ;)