tampere travel guide

Basic Information

Tampere is located in the southern part of Finland between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, approximately 160 km north from Helsinki. It is the most populous inland city from all the Nordic countries, it has a growing population of 313,058 on an area of 4,977 km2, therefore Tampere is the second-largest urban area in Finland.

Tampere is the center of the Finnish industry which has given it the nick name “Manchester of Finland” or Manse in Finnish. Tampere was known in the past for its textile and metal industries, but these have been mostly replaced by IT and telecommunications during the 90s.

Tampere is also known for its active cultural life, every march, the International Short Film Festival is held in the city. It has been the inspiration for many important and brilliant Finnish writers and artists and also the home of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and “Manserock” (term for rock music with Finnish lyrics).

Nowadays the city also has an active electronic music scene, notably in the genres of electro and drum and bass. Tampere has been called the “jungle capital” of Finland.

Tampere is a unique Nordic industrial city with a wide variety of activities to do all year around, excellent restaurants and plenty interesting sites to visit. A nonstop growing musical city with bright lights and all the spirit of an upcoming cosmopolitan city.

Getting there

Tampere is connected about 160 km from Helsinki whit highway number 3. Road is in great condition and safe to ride. There is also train and bus connection from Helsinki. The nearest airport is Tampere-Pirkkala where operates  for example Ryanair.

Where to eat

  • Hella & Huone (Salhojankatu 48)

One of the hottest and best places to eat on the city. Small and intimate environment with excellent food made with fine and fresh ingredients.

More info and reservations: Hella & Huone Restaurant

  • Restaurant C (Rautatienkatu 20)

Located in the heart of Tampere city, this cozy restaurant offers artisan , elegant and natural food with a great selection of wines.

More info and reservations: Restaurant C

(Rautatienkatu 20, 33100)

  • Dining 26 by Arto Rastas (Aleksanterikatu 26)

Opened in early 2016 serves mainly Mediterranean food but you will find an exciting taste with Lebanesse and Marrocan flavors too.

More info and reservations: Dining 26 by Arto Rastas

Where to stay

  • Original Sokos Hotel Ilves Tampere

This is maybe the most legendary hotel of the city. Four star hotel Ilves is located almost next to the Tampere railway station. Hotel has a awesome sauna and pool area and breakfast buffet is also great.

More info and reservation: Sokos Hotel Ilves

  • Omena Hotel Tampere

Location is great and rooms are really clean. Hotell is fully automated. After reservation they will send you code and whit that code you can enter the hotel and your room. You don’t need to you any checkin.

More info and reservations:  https://www.omenahotels.com/en/

What to do

  • Särkänniemi amusement park

särkänniemi viikinkilaiva

A really unique Finnish amusement park opened in 1975. You will find a Planetarium, Aquarium and exciting mechanical games for all ages. Tampere’s Observation Tower (Näsinneula) with its beautiful gourmet restaurant with the best panoramic views, plenty food spots and plenty other options.

Address: Laiturikatu 1, 33230 Tampere

  • Tampere Market Hall

tampere market hall

The largest roofed market hall in the Nordic countries, opened since 1901.

Address: Hämeenkatu 19, 33200 Tampere

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