A large city by Finnish standards, with more than 200,000 inhabitants, Tampere has managed to keep the small town feel. The city centre is compact in size, and the atmosphere is friendly and casual.
The city is located on a scenic spot on a narrow isthmus between two great lakes, Nasi and Pyha. Tammerkoski the channel of rapids flow through the city centre, forming the backdrop for old industrial buildings, nowadays serving as idyllic restaurants, museums and even a cinema.
In a stone throw away from the city centre one can walk up the Pyynikki ridge, the biggest gravel ridge formed by ice age in the world. Pyynikki offers fantastic views over the two lakes as well as the beautiful housing area of Pispala with colourful wooden houses. The surrounding waters paves a way for a peaceful rowboat trips and lake cruises.
Pispala is a unique architectural area of well preserved small wooden houses resting on the slope of an ancient glacial ridge just 2.5 kilometres from the centre of Tampere. Once a low-cost living quarters for factory workers and artists, it is now a high-end residential area where many well-known Finnish artists and celebrities have lived.
Särkänniemi amusement park
Särkänniemi amusement park, situated just a hop and a skip away from the city centre by the northern lake Näsijärvi, caters to thrill seekers as well as families with kids. Smaller children enjoy the Angry Birds Park and the idyllic miniature town of Doghill, which is based on the lovable characters by author Mauri Kunnas.
Foods of Tampere
Tampere’s clean nature provides high-quality ingredients. A lot of Tampere’s fine dining restaurants use the most local products to create unforgettable and innovative flavours.
Tampere also offers something for more relaxation. A chain of gastropubs offer European pub menus and locally brewed beers. The most local flavour of Tampere though, the “black sausage”, can be found at any open air market in the city during summertime, as well as at the atmospheric Tampere Market Hall.
The family run cafe in the Pyynikki which is open for two decades is a place famous for its mouthwatering doughnuts as well as the exquisite view. This combination makes the climb all the way up to the tower worth it.
This town of Tampere of Finland provides one with a perfect summer package for the entire family without a fall of expectation.