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Helsinki

the coastal capital of Finland is well worth visiting for anyone, and it is only 170 km (90 minutes by train) to the south.

161km

Turku

west from Tampere. It makes an interesting day trip by train, bus or car.

142km

Hämeenlinna

size town 80 km south most famous for its small medieval castle.

69km

Sappee

and Himos (95 km north of Tampere) are small downhill skiing stations in the region.

Akaa

a charming and quiet municipality 35 km south of Tampere.

37km

Sights

Moomin Museum

museum in Tampere, Finland

Pyynikki observation tower

observation tower in Tampere, Finland

Kaleva Church

church in Tampere, Finland

Tampere Orthodox Church

Eastern Orthodox church in Tampere, Finland

Finlayson Church

church in Tampere, Finland

Näsinneula

observation tower in Tampere, Finland

Tampere Hall

concert and congress centre in Tampere, Finland

Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre

Hämeenlinna

city in the region of Tavastia Proper in Finland

Nokia

Finnish multinational telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics company

Rajaportin sauna

public sauna in Tampere, Finland

Tampere Film Festival

annual film festival held in Tampere, Finland

Tampere Floral Festival

Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

Art and Craftcenter Verkaranta

Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

Hiekka Art Museum

The Lenin Museum

Rupriikki

Sara Hildén Art Museum

Spy Museum

Tampere Art Museum

Vapriikki

Messukylä Old Church

Tampere Cathedral

Duck Park

Hatanpää Arboretum

Koskipuisto Park

Näsi Park

Southern Park

Viinikka Park

Shot tower

Särkänniemi Adventure Park

Tampere City Library

Haihara Mansion

The Pyynikki observation tower

Arthouse Cinema Niagara

Charter cruises

Cinema Plevna

Downhill skiing

Fishing

Holiday Club Tampere Spa

Ice hockey

Ravintolalaiva Tampere

Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

Viikinsaari Island

Tampere Biennale

Tampere Kuplii Comics Festival

Mukamas – International Puppet Theatre Festival

Tampere Guitar Festival

Pispala Schottische – International Folklore Festival

Triennial of Pirkanmaa

Tammerkosken Sillalla

Tammerfest City Festival

Tampere Flamenco Festival

Valtteri-festivaali

Tampere Theatre Festival

Blockfest

Circus Ruska Festival

South Park

World of Tango

Monsters of Pop

Lost In Music

Tampere Jazz Happening

Youth Theatre Festival MURROS

Festa de Novembro

Someday

guide to

Tampere

Tampere (Swedish: Tammerfors) is the third largest city in Finland with around 215,000 inhabitants (around 300,000 in the metropolitan area). Being 170 km north of the Finnish coastal capital Helsinki, it is also the most populous inland town in the Nordic countries. Geographically, the city lies on a narrow isthmus between Lake Näsijärvi, which reaches far to the north, and Lake Pyhäjärvi in the south. In addition, there are 200 lakes and ponds in Tampere, and a total of 450 in the entire region. Despite being predominantly a former heavy industry centre, today Tampere is a major hub for information technology, research, education, culture, sports and business. In 2010, the City of Tampere came in first in an image survey comparing the largest cities in Finland. Leaving Helsinki behind, it was also found the most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving.

Arriving

By train

The national railway company, VR, offers extensive train services from different parts of Finland to Tampere with connections south to Helsinki, south-west to Turku, west to Pori, and north to Oulu, Jyväskylä and Lapland. The trip to/from Helsinki using the fastest Pendolino connection takes 90 minutes and costs between €8.50 and €33.90, whereas a local train will take just over 2 hours and costs between €9.70 and €22.50. On weekdays, there are hourly connections to Helsinki except for a few hours during the night. On weekends, there may be a gap of up to 2 hours between trains. For Finnish students (ISIC not accepted) and children (6–17 years), train tickets are half price.

From Helsinki-Vantaa airport, take the P-train, bus or taxi to Tikkurila and change there for mainline trains, rather than at Helsinki main railway station. You'll need a ticket in advance, either online, or from the ticket machines, or staffed kiosk daytime. (Since June 2017, tickets are not sold on board local trains.) The trip from Tikkurila to Tampere takes between 75 and 110 minutes.

Tampere main train station is downtown, at the east end of the main street Hämeenkatu. Most hotels are well within walking distance from the station.

By coach

There is an almost hourly ExpressBus coach connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Tampere bus station operated by Paunu, departing from platform 13. The service operates round the clock, although there may be a gap of 1 to 2 hours between services in the small hours of the night. The trip takes between 2 hr and 2 hr 30 min depending on whether the service calls in towns on the way. In some cases, there is a change of coach close by at Keimolanportti service station, but it is well-coordinated and effortless. Tickets cost €22.50 (round trip €40.50) for adults, €11.30 for Finnish students (ISIC not accepted) and children of age 4-16. Children under the age of four travel free.

The low cost coach company Onnibus has services from some cities. To get bargains, tickets should be bought online well in advance.

By car

Tampere can be easily reached by car. The drive from Helsinki takes about 2 hours and there is a four-lane motorway throughout the journey (speed limit 120 km/h with small portions 100 km/h in the summer, or 100 km/h throughout in the winter). The motorway is new and in excellent condition, but is mainly not well lit. Care must be exercised when driving in the dark, particularly in winter as driving conditions can be harsh due to snow and slippery roads.

There are also road connections from Tampere to Turku, Pori, Rauma, Seinäjoki/Vaasa, Jyväskylä and Lahti. These are mostly two-lane regular roads with speed limits between 80 km/h and 100 km/h. You can also rent a car from car-rental services found at Tampere-Pirkkala airport.

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