Tampere Tourist Attractions
Tampere (Swedish Tammerfors) was founded in 1779 as an industrial settlement and is now Finland's third largest town (the largest inland town in Scandinavia) and the country's leading industrial city.
It lies between two lakes, Näsijärvi to the north and Pyhäjärvi to the south, which are linked by the Tammerkoski, a stretch of rapids 945m/1,000yd long with a fall of 18m/59ft.After Finland came under Russian control in 1809 the development of the town was promoted by the Tsars: thus between 1821 and 1906 its exports to Russia were exempted from customs duties.Tampere's main industries are now metalworking, textiles and footwear. In addition to its theaters, which have an international reputation, it offers a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities, including the modern Municipal Library, the Lenin Museum, numerous parks and lakes and the Särkänniemi amusement park. Within the city limits are almost 200 lakes, and several inland shipping lines are based in Tampere, including the motor vessels of the Silver Line and the appealing old steamers which ply on the "Poets' Way".Tampere is noted for its active cultural life with the open-air theatre, numerous festivals and the popular sports teams.
Tampere's principal street is Hämeenkatu, which runs from the railroad station by way of Keskustori (Central Square) to the wide avenue Hämeenpuisto. In the square is the Hämeensilta (bridge), with four figures by Wäinö Aaltonen (1929): the Tax-Collector, the Hunter, the Tradesman and the Finnish Maiden. Nearby is the former municipal library, in neo-Classical style, in front of which is another work by Aaltonen, a monument (1928) to Aleksis Kivi ("The Muse blessing the Poet").The most notable buildings in Keskustori are the neo-Classical Old Church (by Carlo Bassi, 1824), on a cruciform plan, with an Empire-style belfry (by C. L. Engel, 1828); the Town Hall, in neo-Renaissance style (by Georg Schreck, 1890) and the neo-Classical Tampere Theatre (by Kauno S. Kallio, 1913). By the rapids (koski) is the Koskikeskus shopping center.
Niinisalo-Tampere Pirkka Ski Race
Niinisalo-Tampere Pirkka Ski Race (90km) is in March.
Tampere Winter Games are in January.
Tampere's imposing Cathedral is reached from Hämeenkatu by way of the Koskipuisto (park) along the Tammerkoski to Satakunnankatu, then to the right along this street to Rautatienkatu. The Cathedral (by Lars Sonck, 1902-07) is a very typical example of Finnish Art Nouveau architecture, with wall and ceiling paintings by Hugo Simberg, an altar fresco of the Resurrection by Magnus Enckell and liturgical utensils by Eric O. V. Ehrström.
University Tampere Hall
Notable buildings to the east of the Tampere station are the University (by Toivo Korhonen, 1961) and the Tampere Hall, an ultra-modern concert and congress hall (by Sakari Aartelo and Esa Piironen, 1990). A few minutes' walk northeast of the Tampere Hall is the Kaleva Church (by Reima and Raili Pietilä, 1966), an austere concrete structure which is still the subject of controversy a quarter of a century after its completion. In the Liisanpuisto (park) is the Kalevala Monument, a massive bronze sculpture by Terho Sakki (1973). At the east end of the park is Kauppakatu.
Southwest of the Tampere city center, on the slopes of a hill (152m/499ft), lies the large Pyynikki Park, in which is an open-air theater with a revolving auditorium; in summer performances are given here by the Workers' Theater. To the west of the park is the old district of Piispala, a hilly part of the town with old wooden houses.
Särkänniemi Amusement Park
Northeast of Pyynikki and east-northeast of Piispala, on the shores of the Näsijärvi, we come to the Särkänniemi Amusement Park, in which is the Sara Hildén Museum of Art (1979; modern Finnish and international art). A conspicuous landmark in the park is the Näsinneula observation tower (173m/568ft), with a revolving restaurant at 120-125m/390-410ft. In addition to merry-go-rounds and other diversions there is an aquarium, a dolphinarium and a planetarium.
The Lenin Museum in Tampere opened on January 20, 1946, to commemorate the anniversary of Lenin's death. It was the first one of its kind outside the Soviet Union.There are facts about V.I. Lenin himself, and especially the role he played in the independence of Finland.
Tampere Art Museum
The Tampere Art Museum obtains mainly Finnish art from 19th century to the present day.
Address: Puutarhakatu 34, Box 87, SF-33211 Tampere, Finland
Opening hours: 10am-6pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Independence Day - Finland (Dec 6), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €6.00, Group discounts €4.00, Child 16 & under €2.00, Child 6 & under FREE
Useful tips: Free guided tours on Sundays at 3 pm.
Disability Access: Partial facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Sara Hildén Art Museum
The Sara Hildén Art Museum presents over 4,500 modern Finnish and international art works that spans a 40 year period.
Address: Särkänniemi, SF-33230 Tampere, Finland
Opening hours: 11am-6pm; Closed: Mon
Entrance fee in EUR: Family €16.00, Adult €7.00, Senior €6.00, Group discounts €5.00, Students €3.00, Child 7 & under FREE
Useful tips: During winter months, the museum is closed on Mondays.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
Festival of Workers' Music, Valkeakoski, Finland
The Workers' Music Festival features Finnish music, gypsy tunes, folk songs and Baltic and Latvian styles for this annual event, which takes place in late July.
Tampere to Virrat by Boat
The trip from Tampere to Virrat by boat takes about eight hours. The distance by road, via Teisko, is 120km/75mi. This route, renowned for its scenic beauty, is known in Finland as the "Poets' Way" and will introduce visitors to a stretch of very typical Finnish scenery.From Tampere (Mustalahti, to the north of the town) the ship sails north up the Näsijärvi with its many bays and inlets. On the east side of the lake is the village of Teisko, with the Maisansalo leisure center (tennis courts, saunas, boating harbor, etc.). In about 2.5 hours the ship reaches the Murole Canal (lock). While it is passing through the lock there is time to see the Murole Falls, a short distance away to the right. The canal leads into the next lake, Palovesi, and the ship then continues through narrow channels and the open Jäminselkä to the Kautu Canal (swing bridge) and along this into the Ruovesi. On a crag to the left can be seen a house once occupied by the well-known Finnish painter Akseli Gallén-Kallela (1865-1931).
Typical Visit: 8 hours
Along the west side of Palovesi lake (about 4.75 hours from Tampere) is the beautifully situated village of Ruovesi, now a popular summer resort, where the poet J. L. Runeberg was tutor in a private household (commemorative plaque).Ruovesi is located near Helvetinjärvi National Park with deep gorges and two lakes that attract visitors.
Concerts, exhibitions, drama in July.This festival reenacts the witch trials that began in Ruovesi in 1643. The four-day festival takes place in early July with various events such as theatrical performances, musical concerts and displays of local customs and traditions.
Tampere to Hämeenlinna by the Silver Line
A very attractive trip through beautiful scenery is on a motor-launch of the Silver Line to Hämeenlinna, southeast of Tampere.
After Ruovesi the ship sails north into the Tarjannevesi, a lake dotted with islands, and through the Visuvesi Canal into the Vaskivesi, at the north end of which is the village of Virrat.
Virrat Heritage Village
The village presents 19th century farm life and traditions. Rajalahti House Museum displays the restored field fortifications area from the World War I. Nearby are Herrasko-ski Canal and Herraskoski Canal Museum.
Map of Tampere Attractions