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Conveniently located between the two beautiful lakes Nasijarvi and Pyhajarvi, Tampere in the south of Finland is a popular holiday destination with plenty of exciting attractions and activities for the visitors. Tampere is one of the largest cities in Finland and known for its glorious industrial history and rich cultural heritage. With home to more than 200 lakes, scenic parks and lush forests, the city's stunning landscapes invite you to experience an exciting range of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, swimming and sailing.

It's your choice: Where to go in Tampere

Flights to Tampere arrive at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport which is located in the south of Finland and has excellent connectivity with several major destinations. Rent a car in Tampere and enjoy the flexibility to explore this vibrant city and neighbouring regions at your own pace. You will find a myriad of options when it comes to choosing a car hire in Tampere, which is tailored to your needs. Drive along the Tammerkoski rapids to visit the Tampere Cathedral, known for its impressive architecture and unique artworks by painter Hugo Simberg. Head to Pyynikki observation tower, located near the city centre, offering lovely views of the city. The Spy Museum in Tampere is well worth a visit and provides a great insight into the history of espionage. The museum features a great collection of interactive exhibits including spy gadgets, secret historical events, stories of famous spies and lots more. Pay a visit to the Tampere Stadium in the centre of town, known for hosting a variety of major sporting events.

Things to do in Tampere

Renting a car in Tampere is a great way to get around in ease and discover the region's incredible culture and charming nature. Make your way to Pispala's Pispalanharju Ridge, it lies on the world's biggest gravel ridge and offers stunning views of colourful wooden houses. Known as Finland's theatre capital, Tampere is home to some of the best art galleries and concert venues in Europe. Some of the popular galleries worth checking out include Mältinranta Art Centre, Himmelblau Printmaking Studio and Galleria Saskia. Be sure to visit the Särkänniemi amusement park, which offers various fun rides including Tornado, Trombi Roller-coaster and Half-Pipe. The theme park has a children’s zoo and kiddie land for smaller kids. It also offers a Dolphinarium, the Aquarium, and Planetarium. A trip to Tampere wouldn't be complete without experiencing a Finnish sauna. Known as the Sauna Capital of the World, Tampere has more than 30 public saunas for you to relax and unwind in throughout the year.

Important info about Tampere

Tampere is renowned for its varied food culture. The black pudding or mustamakkara is a must-try when you’re in Tampere! This famous local dish tastes best when you enjoy it with cold milk and lingonberry jam. One of the best places to try mustamakkara is the Tampere Market Hall. Rievä, soft bread made from barley flour is another speciality typical to Tampere. Make sure to try the traditional doughnuts at the Pyynikki Observation Tower café located at the top of Pyynikki ridge. If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the chance to sample the famous Finnish chocolates. Take a trip to Dammenberg Chocolate Shop in Lempäälä, which produces over 800 different varieties of chocolates.

Weather in Tampere
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Country Finland
Language Finnish
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Eastern European Time (GMT+2)
Country Code +358

Good to know

Driving in and around Tampere is a pleasant experience thanks to its well-maintained roads and plenty of panoramic views along the way. The maximum speed limit on major roads is up to 100km/h. It is important to remember that in Tampere you need to drive on the right-hand side of the road. Wearing seat belts are compulsory for both front and back seat passengers. The minimum age to obtain an international driving permit for booking a car rental in Tampere is 18 years old. Use a GPS to navigate around the city if you find it difficult understanding local road signs. Handheld mobile devices are strictly not allowed while driving in Finland. The maximum permissible limit of blood alcohol content is 0.05%.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Tampere

Rent a car in Tampere and drive through Satakunnankatu Street to reach the historical town of Finlayson. The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas in the Finlayson factory area is Finland's biggest museum and one of the must-see Tampere tourist attractions. The museum contains several exhibits providing an overview of the history of the working population, steam engines, civil society and Finland's independence. While in Finlayson, also consider visiting the Finlayson church, Finlayson Palace (nowadays a restaurant) and the gorgeous Tallipiha Stable Yards with lots of cafes and shops. Located in the south, the city of Hameenlinna is a short drive away. Here you can explore the Tavastia Castle, the Parola Tank Museum and the National Urban Park. Drive down to Ruovesi, about 50km north of Tampere, and visit the Helvetinjärvi National Park featuring beach, rugged cliffs and breathtaking scenery. Here, you can indulge in a wide range of outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, canoeing and skiing in winter.

What to bring to your friends from Tampere

There are plenty of useful and attractive gifts you can buy for your friends from a trip to Tampere. The Moomins are beloved characters in Finland. A gift containing these famous cartoons will certainly please your friends back home. You can choose from various Moomin merchandise including plates, mugs, bowls or t-shirts. Iittalla items include dinnerware, glassware, and vases are very popular in the country. An elegant piece of candleholders will make a wonderful souvenir for a friend. Consider buying a beautifully designed, hand knitted jumper and winter accessories like boots, hats and socks. A bottle of Finlandia vodka can make a memorable souvenir, and it comes in various flavours including mango, coconut and lime.