Tampere Travel Guide

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Tampere Things to Do

  • Pyynikki park & tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

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  • Tuomiokirkko

    Tampere Cathedral, one of the city's best-known sites, aroused vehement debates when it was built at the beginning of the twentieth century. The daring paintings by famous Finnish artist Hugo Simberg (See my travelogue), inside the church, caused controversy with visions of snakes, naked boys and skeletons. Of course, this has made the building...

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  • Särkänniemi Amusement Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    There are many parks in Tampere, we preferred walking around Pyynikki with the old tower but it seems most visitors prefer Sarkanniemi which is a modern and definitely much more commercial with numerous facilities, a typical amusement park with rides for children (they’ll love the Angry Birds section), roller coasters, water rides, a small zoo, an...

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Tampere Restaurants

  • Harald

    5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite restaurant in Tampere! Waitresses are dressed in Viking style, glasses weigh a lot, plates are far from ordinary... names for the portions are funny :) Here you can eat even pheasant, wild boar, duck, reindeer etc. for reasonable prices. They also have portions which include several kinds of meat and this is a served in a sword! :)...

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  • Plevna - Brevery and pub & Restaurant

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Whether you like dark or pale lager, stout or wheat beer, all these tasty beers, and many more, can be enjoyed in the historic surroundings of the Plevna Brewery Pub & Restaurant. Plevna was established in 1994, in the old Finlayson cotton mills, and it is the only genuine brewery pub in Tampere, producing a vast selection of beers made on the...

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  • Tillikka

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    After looking around quite a while for a good place to eat we found this restaurant. The food is nothing really fancy, but typical for Finland. The service was friendly and the prices modest. We ate in the big dining room with the most flair. We would go there again anytime.

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Tampere Nightlife

  • Cafe Europa

    Café Europa One of the most popular places in Tampere is Café Europa and you will easily disocver why. It is a place with a 19th century style interior, including mirrors and chandeliers. However, the dresscode is its complete opposite. There is none! It’s just a cool place where you can enjoy a drink or two with some friends. The crowds here are...

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  • Paapan Kapakka

    The legend says that in Tampere the people are even drinking more then in Helsinki, so, for Finland it is must be something. Tampere has relatively small centre with all of its nightlife attractions. Just pop in to a bar or a club to see if it’s your kind. Rock N’ Roll & Jazz clubs are common, often you can catch some live music. Definitely my...

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  • Yo-talo (The Student House)

    Disco, clubs, live music, you name it and it is here! This is almost the most popular Nightclub in Tampere centre. There is live music in every week (usually on wednesday/friday/saturday) The ticets are usually from 4EUR to 16EUR, depending of the artists. The music is from disco to rock so it really doesn't matter what music do you listen...

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Tampere Transportation

  • A Cheap Flight=Ryanair&air Baltic

    Ryanair flights from Stansted are served with an airport bus to both Tampere (6 euro each way) and Helsinki (25 euro each way). The bus back from Helsinki leaves about 4 hours before the flight from the main rail station, opposite the Casino. You buy the ticket not on the bus, but from the info tourist office in the airport itself once you've...

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  • Local Bus

    Tampere's local buses are clean and, although more expensive than in many other cities around the world, dirt cheap compared to taxis or rental cars. If you're planning to see some of the city by bus or sleep outside the town centre, a tourist card is probably the best ticket choice for you. Such a card allows for unlimited travel within the city...

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  • Train

    There are frequent connections between Helsinki and Tampere both by bus and by train. The cost is roughly the same for both modes of transportation, but even if I had to pay more to take the train, I would. Not only is the trip shorter (slightly less than 2 hours by train, which is 30-40 minutes less than by bus), but the train station is closer...

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Tampere Shopping

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  • Kuninkaankatu,Pedestrian street

    These are lttle different lingerie than most of other,and sold only at their own shops.You might say they are little more luxorius. Happy fot tourists,I noticed that pages are in English.That might upset some older Finnish women,but I think most understand English very well here. It´s little hard to notice,if you don´t check the windows.There´s...

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  • Stockman

    Stockmann is Finland’s largest department store chain and their Tampere store is among the biggest. If you want to stroll around and see where Finns buy almost everything, this is the right place. Stockmann has four floors with everything from household items to clothes and electronics. I bought my digital camera there, but the greatest place was...

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  • Kauppahalli

    This is the biggest markethall in whole Scandinavia.They have so many delious there to sell,that if you go in the hugnry,it´s hard to go out without buing anything.Mostly there is food,but also something for pets and some flowers and so on.There´s shops specialised to some things like "cheese-shop"called Juustopuoti and chokolad-shop,and others....

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Tampere Local Customs

  • Musta Makkara

    If you ask anyone in Tampere which one is the most typical local food, the answer would be mustamakkara. This sausage (similar to black pudding, but thinner) consists of pork, pig blood, crushed rye and flour. Trust me, it tastes better than it sounds! Many things are said about how you should eat it. Mustamakkara is best eaten at a market stall....

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  • Pispala - Rajaportti Sauna

    This is one of the legends here in Tampere. When visiting Finland, it is quite easy get to visit Sauna, your friends are more than eager to take you to one, all hotels have sauna, at least some time of day or week free of charge, you can go to swimming hall, but this is almost must here. More than 100 years old and we can estimate that 5...

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  • Christmas Market - Joulutori

    Christmas markets are quite young tradition in Finland. Espoo has the longest, from 24th of Nov to 23th of Dec. Helsinki starts 7th and Tampere 5th Dec both ending to 23th Dec. There are a lot of smaller ones and almost it all villages here there are some kind of selling event where locals sell homemade stuff.The tradition started from Dresden in...

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Tampere Tourist Traps

  • Särkänniemi Amusement Park

    Särkänniemi is probably one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tampere. In Särkänniemi you can visit the amusement park, aquarium, dolphinarium, children's animal park, Sara Hilden art museum, planetarium and the highest observation tower of the nordic countries called Näsinneula. Go to Näsinneula. The tower peak is at 168 meters. Restaurant is...

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  • Särkänniemi

    Särkänniemi is probably one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tampere.In Särkänniemi you can visit the amusement park, aquarium, dolphinarium, children's animal park, Sara Hilden art museum, planetarium and the highest observation tower of the nordic countries called Näsinneula. Go to Näsinneula.The tower peak is at 168 meters.Restaurant is at...

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  • NÄSINNEULA TowerThe tower...

    NÄSINNEULA TowerThe tower Näsinneula is 168 meter high and has a revolving restaurant. Not really a tourist trap if you like high places and good to take panoramic pictures of the city!

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Tampere What to Pack

  • Climate in Tampere

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 1 - 15°C ( 34 - 59°F ); min: -5 - 4°C ( 23 - 39°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 18 - 22°C ( 64 - 72°F ); min: 9 - 11°C ( 49 - 51°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 1 - 14°C ( 34 - 55°F); min: -3 - 6°C ( 27 - 43°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: -4 - -2°C ( 25 - 28°F); min: -10 - -6°C ( 14 - 21°F...

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  • Take lots of money

    At winter, warm cloths of course, in summer it can be very warm but take rain jacket just in case. If you have any medicine for hangover, it might be helpful to have one All what you got If you plan camping, take only the tent and sleeping bags, the camping facility has all the rest what you need, To Tampere you need only Money.

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  • Packing List

    Tampere can be a rainy experience, so do bring an umbrella. Also good shoes are necessary as you are going to walk a lot. Else, since Tampere is in the more mild area of Finland, some nice winterclothes will do for winter, and summerclothes for the summer.

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Tampere Off The Beaten Path

  • Statue of Mannerheim

    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...

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  • Allround the year swimming in Rauhaniemi

    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...

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  • Let's fish in Näsijarvi

    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,...

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Tampere Sports & Outdoors

  • Ice Hockey Playoffs 2013 - Tappara-Ässät

    It's playoff time! This year Tappara (Tampere) beat HIFK (Helsinki) and Ässät made the same to JYP (Jyväskylä) in semi-finals. First match was 15th April 2013 and Tappara won 2-1! Good for Tampere, congratulations!But there is first Scandal and it's the Scandal! Tampere's local news paper advertised before first match definitely uncorrect, unfair...

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  • Skiing in Mustavuori (Black Mountain :)

    THe word "mountain" in the name is a little bit too promising, the height of the slope is 69 meters and the longest (of three) slopes is 350 meters. I think there is at least 100 meters to much in the length, but Tampere is in the flat area of Finland so these figures are quite ok.Prices are reasonable also, daily ticket is 25€ and whole season...

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  • The Icehockey season 2011 - 2012 ongoing

    The Finnish icehockey league started on 16. September and the first match in Tampere was very interesting (as always). It was a local game between Tappara and Ilves.Ilves was better! 7-8! Figures like in baseball! 15 goals! And the best! It was already 1-5 but Tappra came behind and made three last goals (from 4-8 to 7-8). First goal of the season...

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Tampere Favorites

  • Architecture

    You won't find any masterpieces of architecture in the centre of Tampere. I would call it nice but rather dull. The cobbled main street Hameenkatu didn't impress me at all. In the picture the theatre of Tampere. In fact we paid more attention to this 'living statue' of Rembrandt.

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  • The Streets of Tampere

    I was told that this was the area for wealthy locals. As you can see there are no block apartment buildings, everything is compact and nice, behind the buldings is a pine forest, one can't hear the hustle and bustle of the center, but the latter is very close.... Yes, absolutely no show off.....

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  • Tampere in brief

    In the late afternoon I started to stroll down Hämeenpuisto and just generally walking around the area. Walking past Hämeenpuisto to the Pyynikin Kirkkopuisto, which is part garden, part cemetery. In front of the church there, there is a nice fountain and flower bed. After that I headed towards Eteläpuisto. A beautiful garden with sculptures,...

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