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Tampere

Country
Finland
State
Lansi-Suomen Laani
City
Tampere
Type of Location
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About Location

    Tampere is a city in southern Finland. It is the most populous inland city in any of the Nordic countries. The city has a population of 213,344, growing to approximately 300,000 people in the conurbation and over 340,000 in the metropolitan area. Tampere is the third most-populous municipality in Finland, after the Greater Helsinki municipalities of Helsinki and Espoo. In 2007, the entire Pirkanmaa region had around 470,000 residents, of which 230,000 were employed, and a turnover of 25 billion euros.

   Tampere is located between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. Since the two lakes differ in level by 18 metres (59 ft), the rapids linking them, Tammerkoski, have been an important power source throughout history, most recently for generating electricity. Tampere is dubbed the "Manchester of Finland" for its industrial past as the former center of Finnish industry, and this has given rise to its Finnish nickname "Manse" and terms such as "Manserock"



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How to Reach

By plane

   Tampere is serviced by Tampere-Pirkkala airport (IATA: TMP) (ICAO: EFTP) , which lies 17 km from the city. Flying from Helsinki on Finnair doesn't make much sense in terms of time or money unless you're connecting. Blue1 has direct flights to Stockholm and Copenhagen, while airBaltic connects Tampere to Riga, Rovaniemi, and Kittilä. Wizzair services Gdansk.

By train

   VR offers train services from different parts of Finland to Tampere. The Tampere train station, recently renovated to its former subtle Functionalistic glory is located right at the city center, at the east end of the main street Hämeenkatu

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 lit so some care must be exercised when driving in the dark, particularly in the winter when driving conditions can be harsh due to snow and slippery road surface.
 

Key places to visit
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, Lenin Museum, Duck Park, Viikinsaari Island, Pispala


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Places to Visit

Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

        Open in summer only.. Amuri is a block of 19th century houses turned into a museum that shows how workers used to live. The houses form an almost closed inner court, and share only one kitchen. Adults €6, children (7-16) €1

Lenin Museum

   Tampere's most offbeat attraction and well worth a visit if you have any interest, serious or humorous, in the Soviet revolutionary figure who spent some time in exile in Tampere. Lenin and Stalin met for the first time in this very apartment. Exhibits include a sofa that Lenin slept on and more busts that you can shake a stick at. There is also a wacky but fairly expensive gift shop  
 

Duck Park

   Large park around a pond by Tampere Hall, near the city centre. Good choice for a summer picnic. In the summer there are also different species of birds in cages by the pond

Viikinsaari Island

    On a sunny summer day take a 20-minute boat trip  from Laukontori to Viikinsaari Island. There are swimming shores, playgrounds, a fireplace for roasting sausages and such  them beforehand) and a restaurant with a dance pavilion on the island. Most of the island is a nature reserve. Price for the boat: adults €8, seniors and students €7, and children (4-17) €4

Pispala

   Between Lake Näsijärvi and Lake Pyhäjärvi, this formerly working-class neighborhood has gentrified radically and is currently one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Tampere. However, you can still get a glimpse of the history at the area as there are lots of original houses left. Along with neighouring Pyynikki it forms an important historical area of Tampere. You can enjoy nature at Pyynikki Park and climb up to Pyynikki Tower for nice views over the ridge, lakes and the city, and enjoy coffee and doughnuts afterwards. In the summer you can also stop by at Pyynikin kesäteatteri by Lake Pyhäjärvi for open-air theatre at a revolving auditorium.
 

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