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Tampere – where soothing lake views meet urban culture

Tampere is a unique combination of Lakeland charm and the urban Nordic city. Many public saunas, cultural events, laid-back locals, and the old red-brick industrial buildings next to the Tammerkoski River, which runs through the city, are some of the ingredients that make Tampere one of the most attractive cities in Finland.

Best reasons to visit Tampere in a nutshell

There's plenty of things to do in the Tampere region year-round. Uncover Tampere's rich heritage of industrialization by observing the charming old red brick industrial buildings and impressive architecture. Or discover the city of innovation and technology by exploring how rolls of cotton have turned into lines of code at the museum Vapriikki, next to the Tammerkoski rapids.

While you are at it, enjoy a bite of Finnish cuisine by tasting the locally produced black sausage ("mustamakkara" in Finnish) with lingonberry sauce and the world’s best doughnuts in Pyynikki. Take in the stunning views of Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi lakes from the Näsinneula Observation Tower, visit the world's only Moomin museum, or experience a rollercoaster ride in the amusement park Särkänniemi. Do not forget to embrace your inner Finn by enjoying a steam at one of the more than 50 local saunas in the sauna capital of the world. If you're a lover of the arts, visit one of the many museums in the region, like Sara Hilden Art Museum, or the Tampere Art Museum.

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Useful things to know about Tampere

Where is Tampere?

Tampere is an inland city located in the southwestern part of Finland. What sets Tampere apart is its location between two large lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. The city forms the northernmost point of the triangle with two other major cities in Finland: Helsinki and Turku.

How far is Tampere from Helsinki? 

Tampere is situated in Southern Finland, 170 kilometres northwest of Helsinki. The city is easily accessible from the country’s two other major cities: the capital Helsinki and Turku. Tampere is only a two-hours bus or train ride from both cities.

What is the nearest airport to Tampere?

Tampere’s airport (TMP) is located in Pirkkala, 13 kilometres from the city. There are direct flights to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport from multiple European destinations. The city is also easily accessible by train from Helsinki’s airport (HEL).

What are the best ways to move around in Tampere?

Tampere is the perfect size for getting around on foot. However, the bus and the new tram system may also be convenient alternatives for getting around in the city. You can plan your public transport routes in Tampere and the surrounding towns using the Nysse journey planner, which is available on the internet or as a mobile app. A single-route ticket (valid for 90 mins) or a day ticket can be purchased on the Nysse app or on the vehicle through contactless payment.

What is Tampere most famous for?

Tampere has many unique features. The city is most famous for all of its public saunas, the Särkänniemi amusement park, the only Moomin museum in the world, and "mustamakkara" (a special local delicacy). Tampere is also famous for its long-spanning industrial history that is still visible today in the city's architecture.

What’s the population of Tampere?

The population of Tampere is 244,223 (Dec 31, 2021). Including the suburbs, the total population numbers up to 505,000 citizens. Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland city in the Nordics based on population.

Fun fact!

Tampere is the Sauna Capital of the World since 2018. Tampere has more than 50 public saunas all around the city. Some of the most famous ones are Rajaportin Sauna, Rauhaniemen Kansankylpylä, Kaupinojan Sauna, and the more modern Kuuma.

Must-see sights in Tampere

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