Book flights to Tampere, the gorgeous gateway to Finland’s beautiful lake region. Tampere may have an industrial history, but ‘industrial’ is not the word that comes to mind when you witness the leafy, fresh-aired beauty of the city. It’s a really fun and relaxing place to spend a couple of days – perfect as a city break destination - and with its strong emphasis on culture and the arts, there is plenty for you to see, do, taste and experience while you’re there. Book flights to Tampere today!
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The largest inland city of Finland has a lot to offer. In Tampere you can enjoy everything from breathtaking sceneries of the lake and forests to culture, shopping and eating.
Attractions

A must place to visit in Tampere is the Särkänniemi Adventure Park. Over 30 rides offer wild whirls, gentle swaying or other fun experiences spiced with sprays of water. Angry Birds Land is sure to attract families and younger children with rides that are all themed according to the Angry Birds motif. Särkänniemi Doghill, a charming theme park, based on the stories of children’s books author Mauri Kunnas, has real houses and farmyards with farm animals. Don’t forget the exotic fish in Aquarium and the five charming bottlenose dolphins in Dophinarium! Let’s have fun!

Activities & Tours

Golf in the midnight sun? Skiing in the urban forests? Tampere Region is ideal for spending time outdoors on organised excursions, bus or walking tours or summery cruises – you name it! Tampere is close to two national parks, Seitseminen and Helvetinjärvi, and activities are organised throughout the year. In the winter you can have a go at snowshoeing in the city or ice skating on a frozen lake - or dip into one straight from sauna. In the summer you can try fishing, abseiling, canoeing or river floating to name a few – be sure to check the season’s weekly programme!

Events

Tampere is a cultural hub. Big international festivals include Tampere Film Festival, Tampere Theater Festival and Tampere Jazz Happening and take place in all four seasons. Tampere Vocal Music Festival is very well known around the world. Mänttä Music Festival is one of the festivals in the surrounding region. It showcases the best of piano music both local and international and is set in Mänttä’s renowned Serlachius Art Museums. Tampere also hosts a bunch of smaller, quirkier events such as Snow Tango World Championship. Where else can you tango with Santa?

Finlayson Cotton Mill Area

This is a cornucopia of delights, from an underground Spy Museum (unusual!), to a selection of cafés and restaurants. You can find Finlayson Cotton Mill Area within walking distance of the centre and it truly has a great atmosphere.

​Address: Veturiaukio 4, Tampere​Website: www.finlaysoninalue.fi
Lenin Museum

Everything you always wanted to know about Lenin can be found in one building, packed with relics from his life. This is where you get a chance to see the couch he slept on in Helsinki Library and to buy some very unusual gifts such as Lenin coffee and Lenin shirts, busts and posters. He lived in Finland 1905-1907.

​Address: Hämeenpuisto 28, Tampere​Phone: +358 10 420 9269​Website: www.lenin.fi
Särkänniemi Adventure Park

Containing the tallest observation tower in the Nordic countries, you might like to try the revolving restaurant at the top of the 168 metre tower. The park has all the usual attractions with an added taste of Finland.

​Address: Laiturikatu 1, Tampere​Phone: +358 207 130 200​Website: www.sarkanniemi.fi
Moominvalley Museum

This is Tove Jansson at her best. The Moominvalley Museum is housed in the public library building, it contains a selection of her wacky characters, models and computer displays and of course a gift shop. Here you will find moomins in excess.

​Address: Hämeenpuisto 20, Tampere​Phone: +358 20 716 6578​Website: www.muumilaakso.tampere.fi
Rajaportti Sauna

A Finnish sauna in Finland is a must. This public sauna is Finland’s oldest and truly is a great bargain. Take your towel with you and enjoy a relaxing moment.

​Address: Pispalan Valtatie 9, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 222 3823​Website: www.pispala.fi
Tammerkoski Rapids

A walk along the river bank will give you a good idea of Tampere’s industrial past. This gives you a chance to see fountains, statues, shops and the Patosilta Bridge with its rushing falls.

​Address: Patosilta Bridge, Tampere
Laukontori Quay

Laukontori Quay is a good place to watch the boats and while away an hour or so just soaking up the atmosphere by one of the many outside takeaways and cafés. Boat trips can be taken from here to Viikinsaari Island some 20 minutes away.

Tampere Market Hall

Tampere Market Hall is a perfect place to take in the local culture. Here you can sample some of the regional dishes and visit specialty shops at the largest market hall in Scandinavia.

​Address: Tampere Markethall, Tampere
This place is famous for its black sausage (mustamakkara) eaten with lingonberries, you can also enjoy plenty of fish from the local lakes or try pyttipannu, a tasty stir-fry. The locals say that the sausage tastes best with a mixture of milk and cranberry jam!
Food & Drink

Enjoy the many tastes of Tampere! The revolving restaurant on top of Näsinneula observation tower combines clean local flavors with magnificent scenery. Restaurant C provides you with food that appreciates pure and natural tastes. In Bertha the chef will make the final decision on the menu based on the wines available and Huber’s philosophic cornerstones are high-quality ingredients and superb service. The Market Hall is the place to go for some home cooking or the local treat black sausage and Pyynikki observation tower’s doughnuts are really hard to resist.

Näsinneula

Näsinneula is not cheap but offers a fantastic view from the observation tower. Their Finlandia menu is quite superb as are their many Finnish delicacies.

​Phone: +358 207 130 234​Website: www.sarkanniemi.fi​Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11 am-11.30 pm. Sun-Mon 11 am-9.30 pm
Telakka

Telakka is not only a restaurant, but also a cultural centre. You can find this restaurant located inside an old storehouse.

​Address: Tullikamarin Aukio 3, Tampere​Phone: +353 2250 722​Website: www.telakka.eu
Panimoravintola Plevna

Claimed to be one of the highlights of eating in Tampere, Panimoravintola Plevna is both a pub and a place to eat. The restaurant is part of the Finlayson Textile Mill and a popular place to try a plate of Finnish sausage and a drop of Plevna Stout.

​Address: Itäinenkatu 8, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 260 1200​Website: www.plevna.fi
Salud

Juicy steaks and a fresh salad bar make this restaurant the talk of Tampere. Here you can try lots of Spanish and Latin American dishes, they also offer tapas and seafood. It has been around for over 30 years and is well known in the city. They are famous for the Salud peppersteak.

​Address: Tuomiokirkonkatu 19, Tampere​Phone: +358 2 0741 2121​Website: www.salud.fi
Pizzeria Napoli

With over 100 toppings, Pizzeria Napoli is the place for pizzas. This is the oldest pizzeria in Tampere and can be found right in the centre. Toppings include the local black sausage, cactus and ostrich. There are also lots of vegetarian options and children are very welcome.

​Address: Aleksanterinkatu 31, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 223 8887​Website: www.pizzerianapoli.net
Tillikka

This restaurant lies close to the Rapids Tillikka and they serve a famous stir-fry called pyttipannu. Here you can expect high quality food produced from high quality ingredients, you should not be disappointed.

​Address: Hämeenkatu 14, Tampere​Phone: +35 10 767 2300​Website: www.tillikka.fi
Punjab Kebab

Punjab Kebab is claimed to be the best kebab restaurant in Tampere. If you are pinning for home then why not try here. This place serves very good food with lots of vegetarian options, the lunch specials are particularly good buys.

​Address: Kirkkokatu 10, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 222 0091​Website: www.punjabkebab.fi
Ohranjyvä

Ohranjyvä is a good place for delicious tasty home-made lunches. Here you can sit down in a cosy atmosphere and enjoy a good meal.

​Address: Näsilinnankatu 15, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 212 7217​Website: www.ohranjyva.fi
Finland is a nation of coffee drinkers, they cannot resist a pastry or pulla (a wheat bun) which are a treat at any time. The cold/hot buffet is an essential ingredient of Finnish cuisine and awash with fish, cold meats and salads.
Café Vohvelikahvila

The Waffle Cafe can be found in a quaint stone house, the smallest in Tampere. Here they serve delicious waffles which are very popular with the younger set.

​Address: Ojakatu 2, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 214 4225​Website: www.vohvelikahvila.com
Café Runo

Here you can enjoy a good book whilst you try one of their splendid coffees and tasty sweets. This place is only closed two times a year.

​Address: Ojakatu 3, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 931 2133​Website: www.kahvilaruno.fi
Café Kauppahallin Kahvila

Café Kauppahallin Kahvila is located right in the heart of the famous market hall. This traditional café is always busy and offers tasty sweets and coffee.

​Address: Hämeenkatu 19, Tampere​Phone: +358 2 0770 2485
Mokkamestarit

At Mokkamestarit they roast their own beans. Here it is recommended to try their own personal and unique coffees.

​Address: Kuukuja 8 E, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 253 0145​Website: www.mokkamestarit.fi
Café Europa

Café Europa provides a selection of specialty coffees, salads and toast in a trendy atmosphere. Here you can choose from garlic-escargots, salads and sandwiches.

​Address: Aleksanterinkatu 29, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 223 5526​Website: www.cafeeuropa.net
The best place in Tampere for bars is along the Hämeenkatu. Tampere has a lively bar and club scene due to the University and large number of young people in the vicinity.
Old Brick’s Inn

Old Brick’s Inn has a pub like atmosphere and is especially popular among grown-ups. Here you can choose from a wide range of different beers.

​Address: Hämeenkatu 18, Tampere​Website: www.bricks.fi
Telakka

Telakka is not only a restaurant, but also a cultural centre. You can find this restaurant located inside an old storehouse.

​Address: Tullikamarin Aukio 3, Tampere​Phone: +353 2250 722​Website: www.telakka.eu
Tullikamari

In this old custom house you can hear all kinds of music. This is truly a very special place that offers a full schedule with lots of events.

​Address: Tullikamarin Aukio 2, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 343 9933​Website: www.tullikamari.net
Paappa Music Bar

This could be the coolest jazz club in town hosting Finnish and foreign jazz, house band and guest artists. The entrance is free.

​Address: Koskikatu 9, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 211 0037​Website: www.paapankapakka.fi
Yo-talo (former Student Union House)

Yo-talo hosts club nights and very special gigs. This club is one to watch out for and definitely worth a look.

​Address: Kauppakatu 10, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 223 5974​Website: www.yo-talo.com
Pub Wanha Posti

Pub Wanha Posti is located in the old post office building of Tampere. Here you can choose from a selection of some 90 different beer variations in a cosy atmosphere.

​Address: Hämeenkatu 13 A, Tampere​Phone: +358 10 292 5040​Website: www.wanhaposti.fi
Plevna Brewery and Restaurant

This is a combined brewery/restaurant that is located in the old Finlayson factory. Here you can find ten varieties of their own very fine brew and delicious food.

​Address: Itäinenkatu 8, Tampere​Phone: +358 3 260 1200​Website: www.plevna.fi
There are plenty of shopping malls in the city together with department stores that fill all your needs. Stores and boutiques can be found everywhere as Finns are into shopping in a big way. They have an excellent sense of design and the locally developed products are well made, very slick and trendy. Kehräsaari, housed in a converted brick factory, is a wonderful place to buy souvenirs and knitted clothes. It is just east of Laukontori Market. Anttila Department Store is great for CD’s (both International and Finnish) and also offers plenty of other Scandinavian delights including glassware, crockery and candles, all good buys in Finland. For Finnish wooden products head for Aarikka. The store is very good for jewellery made from wood and silver. Joulupuu is a shop where you can buy Christmas items all year round together with themed items from Tampere and Lapland. Great for fitting out your sauna!
Shopping in Tampere

Enjoy the local atmosphere at the Market Hall Kauppahalli, the largest in the Nordic Countries. Also the summertime open-air market places of Laukontori and Tammelantori as well as the artisan shops of the Tallipiha Stable Yards in the Finlayson area invite to make finds. The biggest department stores are Stockmann and Sokos on the main street Hämeenkatu, whereas Koskikeskus is a renewed shopping centre in the city centre by the Tammerkoski rapids. Ideapark, the biggest commercial city in the Nordic Countries, is located in Lempäälä only 10 minutes from Tampere.

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport is located approximately 17 kilometres from the centre. Parking and car rental services, like Avis, Europcar and Hertz, are available at the airport. Paunu Bus 61 goes from Terminal 1 to the centre of the city, the journey takes about 35 minutes. www.paunu.fi Tokee Bus operates from Terminal 2 and the railway station. The journey takes about 30 minutes. www.airpro.fi Taxis can be found in front of Terminal 1. You can book a taxi in advance or call one at the stand. The journey takes about 20 minutes to the centre. www.taksitampere.fi www.raumair.fi

​Address: Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, Tampere​Website: www.finavia.fi

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