Are you Travelling to Tampere this Summer?
Tampere may be a small city, with roughly 235,000 inhabitants, but there is certainly no shortage of things to do.
Nestled in nature, with around 200 lakes and ponds in the area, the city lies between lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi, so you don’t have to go far to find natural beauty. Tampere’s green areas amount to 2,400 hectares, and close to the city centre are nature parks Pyynikki and Viikinsaari; the latter is an island located in lake Pyhäjärvi and accessible via boat from Tampere’s Laukontori harbour.
Pyynikki park contains the highest gravel ridge (known as an esker) in the world, formed more than 10,000 years ago and rising 80 metres above Lake Pyhäjärvi. The Hatanpää Arboretum is one of Tampere’s more popular attractions, containing a large botanical collection in the beautiful grounds of the Hatanpää mansion.
There are several cultural attractions as well as natural. Hosting around a dozen exhibitions every year, Vapriikki is home to the Natural History Museum of Tampere, the Rupriikki Media Museum, the Mineral Museum and more. Tampere Cathedral is the dominant church of the city, finished in 1907, it contains frescoes by famous Finnish artist Hugo Simberg.
Tampere is also what some consider to be the birthplace of the Soviet Union. The Lenin Museum is situated in the very rooms where Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin met for the first time, and it’s the only museum dedicated to Lenin outside of Russia.
Finally, what would a visit to Finland be without something Moomin related? Tampere is home to a museum dedicated to Tove Jansson’s famous creations, even a miniature Moominhouse.
Feature image credit: Laura Vanzo/Visit Tampere