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—  City  —
Tampereen kaupunki
Tampere City Centre

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Manchester of the North, Manse (in Finnish)
Location of Tampere in Finland
Coordinates: 61°30′N 023°46′E / 61.5°N 23.767°E / 61.5; 23.767Coordinates: 61°30′N 023°46′E / 61.5°N 23.767°E / 61.5; 23.767
Country Finland
Region Pirkanmaa
Sub-region Tampere
 - City manager Timo P. Nieminen
Area (2009-01-01)[1]
 - Total 689.53 km2 (266.2 sq mi)
 - Land 524.97 km2 (202.7 sq mi)
 - Water 164.56 km2 (63.5 sq mi)
Area rank 178th largest in Finland
Population (2009-12-31)[2]
 - Total 211,544
 - Density 402.96/km2 (1,043.7/sq mi)
Population rank 3rd largest in Finland
Population by native language [3]
 - Finnish 94.9% (official)
 - Swedish 0.5%
 - Others 4.5%
Population by age [4]
 - 0 to 14 13.8%
 - 15 to 64 70.6%
 - 65 or older 15.7%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19%
Urbanisation 96.9%
Unemployment rate 10.1%
Website www.tampere.fi

Tampere (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈtɑmpere]  ( listen); Swedish: Tammerfors [tamərˈfɔrs] or [tamərˈfɔʂ]) is a city in southern Finland 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 using that such as Manserock.[6][7][8]

The Tampere region, called Pirkanmaa, which includes outlying municipalities, had around 470,000 residents, of which 230,000 were employed, and a turnover of 25 billion euros in 2007.[7]

Tampere is the most populous inland city in any of the Nordic countries. The city has a population of 211,544,[2] with close to 300,000 people in the conurbation and over 340,000 in the metropolitan area.[8] Tampere is the third most-populous municipality in Finland, after the Greater Helsinki municipalities of Helsinki and Espoo. Helsinki can be reached in 1.5 hours by train and 2 hours by car. The distance to Turku is approximately the same. Tampere airport is the third-busiest airport in Finland, with 800,000 passengers annually.[7]



Tammerkoski, December 2, 2002

Tampere was founded as a market place on the banks of the Tammerkoski channel in 1775 by Gustav III of Sweden and four years later, 1779,[9] Tampere was granted full city rights in 1779. At this time, it was a rather small town, consisting of only a few square kilometers of land around the Tammerkoski.

Tampere grew as a major market town and industrial centre in the 19th century. During the latter half of 19th century Tampere had almost half of Finland's industrial labour. The town's industrial nature in the 19th and 20th centuries gave it the nickname "Manchester of the North", Manse for short (in Finnish).

The old Finlayson works

Tampere was the centre of many important political events of Finland in the early 20th century. On November 1, 1905, during the general strike, the famous Red Declaration was proclaimed on the Keskustori, the central square of Tampere, subsequently leading to universal suffrage in Finland and the Tsar of Russia granting larger freedoms to Finns. In 1918, when Finland had recently gained independence, Tampere also played a major role, being one of the strategically important scenes during the Civil War in Finland (January 28–May 15, 1918). Tampere was a red stronghold during the war, with Hugo Salmela in command. White forces captured Tampere, seizing about 10,000 Red prisoners on April 6.

The Renaissance Revival Kaupungintalo (City Hall), 1890; from its balcony was read the "red manifesto" in 1905.

Prevalent in Tampere's post-World War II municipal politics was the so called Brothers-in-Arms Axis (aseveliakseli), the alliance of conservatives and social democrats against the communists and Agrarian party. During this era some of the most renowned city managers of Tampere were Erkki Napoleon Lindfors (who was responsible for many ambitious construction projects such as the Näsinneula tower and the construction of the suburb of Hervanta, Tampere's "daughter town"), Pekka Paavola (who gained some notoriety in corruption scandals) and Jarmo Rantanen. From 2007 on, Tampere switched to a new model of having a mayor and four deputy mayors, chosen for a periods of two years. Timo P. Nieminen was elected as the first mayor of Tampere for the years 2007–2009.

After World War II, Tampere was enlarged by joining some neighbouring areas. Messukylä was incorporated in 1947, Lielahti in 1950, Aitolahti in 1966 and finally Teisko in 1972. Tampere was known for its textile and metal industries, but these have been largely replaced by information technology and telecommunications during the 1990s. The technology centre Hermia in Hervanta is home to many companies in these fields.


Tampere, from the Näsinneula tower

Tampere is part of the Pirkanmaa region and is surrounded by the municipalities of Kangasala, Kuru, Lempäälä, Nokia, Orivesi, Pirkkala, Ruovesi and Ylöjärvi.



On average, the snow season lasts 4 – 5 months: from late November to mid-April.

Climate chart (explanation)
average max. and min. temperatures in °C
precipitation totals in mm
source: BBC Weather


The Tampere region, or Pirkanmaa, which includes outlying municipalities, has around 0.47 million residents, 0.23 million employed, and 25 billion euro turnover as of 2007.[7] According to the Tampere International Business Office, the area is strong in mechanical engineering and automation, information and communication technologies, and health and biotechnology, as well as pulp and paper industry education. The Tampere region has two universities and three polytechnics totaling 40,000 students. The unemployment rate is around 10%.


There are four institutions of higher education in the Tampere area: two universities and two polytechnics (Finnish: ammattikorkeakoulu). The universities are University of Tampere (UTA),(more than 12,000 students) which is located right next to the city center, and Tampere University of Technology (more than 12,000 students), located in Hervanta. The two polytechnics (the term used by Finnish Ministry of Education), which call themselves in English "Universities of Applied Sciences", are Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu (5,000 students) and Pirkanmaan ammattikorkeakoulu (4,500 students).


Tampere is known for its active cultural life. Some of the most popular writers in Finland, such as Väinö Linna, Kalle Päätalo and Hannu Salama, hail from Tampere. These are all known as writers depicting the lives of working class people. Also from a working class background was the famous poet Lauri Viita of the Pispala district (which is the original home of Hannu Salama too). Tampere also has old theatre traditions, with such established institutions as Tampereen Työväen Teatteri, Tampereen Teatteri and Pyynikin Kesäteatteri, which is an open-air theatre with the oldest revolving auditorium in Europe. Tampereen Teatterikesä or Tampere Theatre Festival is an international theatre festival held in Tampere every August.

Tampere is also known for its Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland which featured American artist Richard Humann in 2004, for his exhibition entitled, Delicate Monster.

Tampere Film Festival, an international short film festival, is held every March. Tammerfest is Tampere's urban rock festival held every July.

Tampere Music Festivals organises three international music events: Tampere Jazz Happening each November, and in alternate years Tampere Vocal Music Festival and Tampere Biennale.

Tampere is home to the television channel YLE TV2, with its studios in the Tohloppi district, known among all for such popular TV comedies as Tankki täyteen, Reinikainen and Kummeli.

A local food speciality is mustamakkara, which resembles black pudding of northern England.


Tampere has a variety of different religious services spanning from traditional to charismatic. There are also some English speaking services. Tampere English Service is an international community affiliated with the Tampere Pentecostal Church. English services of the International Congregation of Christ the King (ICCK) are organized by the Anglican Church in Finland and the Lutheran Parishes of Tampere. Other churches may also have English speaking ministries. Other notable churches in Tampere are Nokia Revival, Finnish Orthodox Church, Evangelical Free Church, and Baptist Church.


Tampere's sporting scene is driven by two sports, ice hockey and football. As the first ice hockey match was played in Tampere, on the ice of Näsijärvi, between Ilves and Pyrintö, Tampere is nicknamed the hometown of Finnish hockey. Two notably exceptional ice hockey teams exist in Tampere—Ilves and Tappara. They both have had a great impact on Finnish ice hockey culture and are among the most successful teams in Finland. The Finnish ice hockey museum, and the first ice hockey arena to be built in Finland, the Hakametsä arena, are both located in Tampere. Football, however, is the number one sport in Tampere. Only Ilves have over 4,000 players in their football teams, while Tampere boasts over 100 football teams alone. Tampere United play at the highest level in Finland. The city also hosted two flatwater canoeing world championships, in 1973 and 1983. In 1977, Tampere hosted the Junior World Rowing Championships.

Tampere was the host of the 10th European Youth Olympic Festival from 17 to 25 July 2009.

Rivalry between cities

Tampere ostensibly has a long-standing mutual feud with the city of Turku, the first capital of Finland. This hostility is largely expressed in jokes in one city about the other; prominent targets are the traditional Tampere food, mustamakkara, the state of the Aura River in Turku, and the regional accents. Students at Tampere have organized the Non-Turkuan Nation (Ei-Turkulainen Osakunta),[10] which since 1997 has made annual excursions to Turku to jump on the market square, doing their part to undo the post-glacial rebound and push the city back under the sea.[11]

Popular music

There is a lot of musical activity in Tampere, especially in the realm of black metal / heavy metal and rock. Some of the more popular bands based in Tampere include Negative, Circle of Ouroborus, Uniklubi, Horna, Sargeist and Behexen.


Manserock is a general term for rock music from Tampere. In the local slang Manse means Tampere. "Manse" comes from "Manchester", as Tampere was one of the first industrial towns in Finland, and thus was similar to Manchester.

Although there was some earlier development of a rock scene in Tampere, Manserock is considered to have started in August 1969 when the famous musical Hair was performed for the first time in a local theatre. Reijo Paukku brought the musical to Tampere from the USA. Several local musicians participated in the show. The show received a lot of publicity in Tampere and in the whole of Finland.

The 70s can be considered the golden age of Manserock and the word Manserock was introduced in the early 70's. Several local rock bands were popular in Finland and the reputation of Tampere as a rock city grew. The biggest name from that age is Juice Leskinen. Some other noteworthy names are Virtanen, Kontra, and Kaseva. All of these bands played rock music with Finnish lyrics.

In 1977 Poko Records was founded. This was the first record company in Tampere and it played an important role in the support of Manserock.

In the late 1970s Tampere was known for several new wave bands although other styles of rock also existed. Bands like Eppu Normaali, Popeda, and Karanteeni spread knowledge of Manserock in Finland.

In the 80s many new bands were formed. However, some of the older bands continued and increased in popularity. Juice Leskinen, Eppu Normaali, and Popeda even published new recordings in the early 2000s.

Sites of interest

The main tourist attraction is the Särkänniemi amusement park, which includes a dolphinarium and the landmark Näsinneula tower, topped by a revolving restaurant. Other sites of interest are Tampere Cathedral, Tampere City Library Metso ("wood grouse"), Kaleva Church (both designed by Reima Pietilä), the Tampere Hall for conferences and the Tampere Market Hall.

Tampere is also home to one of the last museums in the world dedicated to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Lenin moved to Tampere in August 1905 and during a subsequent Bolshevik conference in the city met Joseph Stalin for the first time. Lenin eventually fled Tampere (for Sweden) in November 1907 when being pursued by the Russian Okhrana. Lenin would not return to any part of the Russian Empire until ten years later, when he heard of the start of the Russian Revolution of 1917.

There are many museums and galleries, including:

  • The Vapriikki Museum Centre [2] which includes the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame and the Shoe Museum
  • Tampere Art Museum [3]
  • Tampere Lenin Museum [4]
  • The Muumilaakso Museum [5], about Moomins
  • Spy Museum in Siperia [6]
  • Workers' housing museum in Amuri [7].


Pispala is a ridge located between the two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. It used to house the majority of industrial labour in the late 19th and early 20th century, when it was part of Suur-Pirkkala and its follower Pohjois-Pirkkala. It was a free area to be built upon by the working class people working in Tampere factories. It was joined to Tampere in 1937. Currently it is a popular residential area and together with neighbouring Pyynikki it forms an important historical area of Tampere.


The public transport network within Tampere consists exclusively of a bus network, which is quite popular and qualified by Finnish standards. Between 1948 and 1976 the city also had an extensive trolleybus network, which was also the largest trolleybus system in Finland.[12] As of 2009 plans are being made for construction a light rail system in the city to replace some of the most popular bus lines (see Tampere light rail), as well as initiating commuter rail service on the railroad lines connecting Tampere to the neighbouring cities of Nokia and Lempäälä.[13]


  • The asteroid 1497 Tampere was named after the city by its discoverer, the Finnish astronomer Yrjö Väisälä.
  • The city administration building (not the historic City Hall), has more microwave transmitters, or superhigh frequency transmitters than any other city government building in Scandinavia. Eight microwave or superhigh frequency transmitters are located on the roof in the back of the building, and three transmitters in the front of the building.

Notable persons

For a more complete list, see Category:People from Tampere.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Tampere is twinned with:


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  2. ^ a b "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2009" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Information System. Population Register Center of Finland. http://www.vrk.fi/vrk/files.nsf/files/4AD425C09E8E9093C22576AA001D7112/$file/091231.htm. Retrieved 13 January 2010.  
  3. ^ "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. http://pxweb2.stat.fi/Dialog/varval.asp?ma=060_vaerak_tau_107_fi&ti=V%E4est%F6+kielen+mukaan+sek%E4+ulkomaan+kansalaisten+m%E4%E4r%E4+ja+maa%2Dpinta%2Dala+alueittain++1980+%2D+2008&path=../Database/StatFin/vrm/vaerak/&lang=3&multilang=fi. Retrieved 29 March 2009.  
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  6. ^ Katko, Tapio S. and Juuti, Petri S. Watering the city of Tampere, publications of the 5th IWHA Conference, 2007. Available at the website of the city of Tampere.
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  9. ^ The City Of Tampere – Tampere in brief – History
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  13. ^ "Joukkoliikennejärjestelmävaihtoehdot - Vaikutusten arviointi ja suositus Tampereen kaupunkiseudun joukkoliikennejärjestelmäksi" (in Finnish) (PDF). TASE 2025. City of Tampere. March 2007. http://www.tase2025.fi/julkaisut/TASE_tiivistelma.pdf. Retrieved 28 February 2009.  
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  16. ^ Trondheims offisielle nettsted - Vennskapsbyer

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Tampere by night
Tampere by night

Tampere (Swedish: Tammerfors) [1] is situated on the shore of Lake Näsijärvi, some 170 km north of Helsinki, Finland. The biggest inland town in the Nordic region, Tampere has around 208,000 inhabitants and a metro population of over 340,000.


The city of Tampere lies on an isthmus situated between Lake Näsijärvi, which reaches far to the north, and Lake Pyhäjärvi in the south. The Tammerkoski rapids that run through Tampere connect the two lakes with an elevation drop of 18 metres. In the 7th century people started to gather at this connecting point of two waterways, and in the 18th century the importance of the rapids as a source of hydropower was realized. So it came to be that Tampere was officially founded on the 1st of October in 1779 by King Gustav III of Sweden.

During the 19th century Tampere grew rapidly to be an industrial center, and in the latter part of the century the town had almost half of Finland's industrial labour force, earning it the nickname Manchester of the North — which still lives on in the city's nickname Manse. Most of the industry was centered around the rapids, with the textile and paper industries particularly important.

During the 1918 Finnish Civil War Tampere was one of the Red (Communist) strongholds, and it was supposed to be the country's next capital. However, in April 1918 the victorious White forces captured the town after a large battle and seized 10,000 prisoners, summarily executing actual and suspected rebels.

In 1927 the first of the factories stopped industrial operations, and city offices later moved into the empty buildings. After 1960 most factories started to grind to a halt, but the buildings were kept. Nowadays central Tampere is characterized by these old red-brick industrial buildings, most of them housing offices, restaurants, and cultural activities.

Map of central Tampere
Map of central Tampere

The city centre of Tampere has a couple of prominent features:

  • The main street, Hämeenkatu, runs from east to west. At the east end of the street is the railway station and at the west end the Church of Alexander. Many shops, restaurants and offices are located on the main street. The main street continues to the east as Itsenäisyydenkatu and to the west as Pirkankatu.
  • The Tammerkoski rapids run from Lake Näsijärvi in north to Lake Pyhäjärvi in south, via the Finlayson historical factory area, by the riverside park, the TAKO factory and Kehräsaari. It's just over 1 kilometer long. The height difference between the two lakes is 18 meters, but the rapids don't flow freely as there are dams and hydroelectric power stations built on the rapids.
  • The central square, Keskustori, is located right next to the bridge where Hämeenkatu crosses Tammerkoski rapids.
  • The city center continues to the shore of Lake Näsijärvi in north and Lake Pyhäjärvi in south.
  • Most of the hotels, shops and attractions are located within walking distance from each other.
  • Pyynikki Ridge and Pispala are located a couple of kilometers west of the city centre.

The city tourist information office [2] is located at the railway station, which is not far from the Keskustori(central square).


People in Tampere speak Finnish and English like everybody else in Finland, but knowing a few words of Tampere dialect (Tampereen kiäli) is guaranteed to get you a few laughs. It's easy enough: just greet people with moro (with a trilling 'r'), refer to yourself as mää (pronounciation: /mæ:'/), call them sää (pronounciation: /sæ:'/) and end every sentence with nääs (pronounced /næs'/, like 'nash' in Nashville, except with a prolonged a (cf. "Naaaashville") and a normal 's' instead of 'sh'). A great sentence to practise is 'Mää en kylä enää ikänä alam mitää.' ('Minä en enää jaksa yrittää'(/m'inæ en 'enæ: y'aksa ür'ittæ:/ in plain Finnish) is pronounced: /m'æ: 'en k'ülæ 'enæ: ik'ænæ 'ala mitæ:/. That sentence means: 'I'm too tired to ever try again'.

Swedish is also spoken to a considerable degree, particularly by workers at many hotels and other tourist businesses, and also by many students at the academic level.

Get in

By plane

Tampere is serviced by Tampere-Pirkkala airport (TMP) [3], 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, Wingo [4] flies from Tampere to Oulu and Turku, while airBaltic connects Tampere to Riga and Kuopio.

More importantly for the budget traveller, Tampere is Ryanair's Finland hub, with service to Riga, London (Stansted), Frankfurt - Hahn, Milan, Dublin and Bremen. Note that Ryanair uses Terminal 2, while all other airlines use Terminal 1.

Paunu [5] route 61 connects Terminal 1 to Pyynikintori in central Tampere (€4.10), while Ryanair has its own bus service [6] (€6) to Terminal 2. Both take around 40 minutes. In addition to regular taxi service (€25-40, 20 min), there is also a shared airport taxi service (€12 one-way between Tampere and airport) [7]. The direct bus service betweeen the airport and Helsinki has stopped running.

By train

The Tampere train station, recently renovated to its former subtle Art Deco glory is located right at the city center, at the east end of the main street Hämeenkatu. Most hotels are within walking distance of the station.

Tampere has extensive train links, with lines to Helsinki, Turku, up north to Lapland, east towards Jyväskylä and west to Pori. The trip to/from Helsinki by Pendolino express takes 1:30 and costs €32, while a local train will take just over 2 hours for the same trip and charge €21. On weekdays, trains to Helsinki run at least about once every hour between early morning and late evening. 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) all train tickets are half price.

From Helsinki's airport, the fastest way to Tampere is to take a bus or taxi to Tikkurila station and board long-distance trains there. The station ticket office is closed at night, but tickets can be purchased from machines (cash only) or on board.

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 in front of the international flights terminal. 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 h and 2 h 30 min depending on whether the service calls in towns on the way. In some cases, there is a change of coach at Keimolanportti but it is well co-ordinated and easy. 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.

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.

There are also road connections from Tampere to Turku, Pori, Rauma, Seinäjoki/Vaasa, Jyväskylä and Lahti but these are mostly two-lane regular roads with speed limits between 80 km/h and 100 km/h.

Get around

By bus

The city centre of Tampere is small enough to be covered on foot, but an extensive bus network connects the suburbs and the downtown. In the city centre, most of the bus lines pass through Hämeenkatu. All buses stop at or near the central square, and the City of Tampere operates a handy trip planner service [8].

Single tickets for adults (12 years and above) cost €2.50 and children cost €1, and allowed unlimited transfers within 60 minutes. Every paying adult can be accompanied for free by one child under the age of 7. Adults with a baby in a pushchair can travel for free. Between midnight and 4/5AM, night buses labeled "Y" charge €2.50 extra. Tickets can be purchased on board.

You can purchase a Tampere Tourist Card [9] for unlimited travel by bus within the Tampere city borders (€6 for the first day, additional days cost €4 for adults; youth and children are €4/€3 and €3/€2 respectively). Purchase the smartcard at the railway or bus station, central square kiosk or city transportation [10] office at Frenckellinaukio 2 B, on the northeastern side of the central square.

The tickets are also valid on most regional bus lines (lines 45-95) within city limits. You'll recognize a city tariff zone bus from the "hailing driver" logo near the right corner of the front of the bus.

If you're traveling outside the city limits, for instance to Kangasala, you have to pay according to the distance of your trip, so just tell the driver where you're going and how many tickets you want.

By taxi

As elsewhere in Finland, taxis in Tampere are clean, safe, reliable and expensive. The cost of the trip depends on the number of passengers and time of day (day/night). As an example, 1-2 persons traveling in daytime a 5-kilometre trip costs about €10; and a 10 km trip about €16. You can try to hail a passing cab if its roof light is on, but the usual way is to find nearest taxi stand and get a cab from there; or call for a taxi (the number is 10041 from landline, or 01004131 from a mobile phone). Taxis accept major credit cards. Taxis can be slightly difficult to obtain on weekend nights and during Sundays. [11]

By car

Most major car rental companies have offices in Tampere. Driving in Tampere is rather straightforward but keep in mind that many streets in the city centre are one-way and streetside parking spaces may be difficult to find at certain times of day (there is no shortage of parking spaces in indoor car parks though). Heed moose warning signs, especially at dawn and dusk.

Vladimir Ilyich strikes a pose
Vladimir Ilyich strikes a pose

Most of Tampere's museums concentrate on its working-class history. Kids will get a kick out of the Moomin Valley and the Spy Museum, while the top draw for adults is probably the Lenin Museum.

  • Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing (Amurin työläismuseokortteli), Satakunnankatu 49, +358 3 5656 6690, [12]. Tu-Su 10-18. 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 €5, children (7-16) €1.  edit
  • Finnish Boxing Museum (Suomen nyrkkeilymuseo), Aleksanterinkatu 26 B, +358 400 830 128 (). Open by prior agreement only. Finnish and international boxing equipment, photographs and other items. Voluntary price.  edit
  • Finnish Labour Museum Werstas (Työväenmuseo Werstas), Väinö Linnan aukio 8, [13]. Tu-Su 11-18. Changing exhibitions. Tickets also valid for the Textile Industry Museum and the Steam Engine Museum. Adults €5, students, pensioners and unemployed €4, children (7-15) €2.  edit
  • Hiekka Art Museum (Hiekan taidemuseo), Pirkankatu 6, +358 3 212 3973, [14]. Tue 15-18, Wed 15-19, Thu 15-18, Sun 12-15. Home museum of art collector Kustaa Hiekka. Adults €5, students €3.  edit
  • Lenin Museum (Lenin-museo), Hämeenpuisto 28, [15]. M-F 09-18, Sat Sun 11-16. 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. €5.  edit
  • Mineral Museum (Tampereen kivimuseo), Hämeenpuisto 20 (Basement of Metso Library), +358 3 5656 6046, [16]. Tu-F 09-17, Sa-Su 10-18. Not quite as boring as you'd think, the museum has plenty of gemstones cut and raw including a 600-kg chunk of Brazilian amethyst, meteorites and even a couple of dinosaur eggs. Adults €4, children (7-16) and students €1.  edit
  • The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum (Muumilaakso), Hämeenpuisto 20 (In the same building with main library Metso), +358 3 5656 6578 (), [17]. Tu-F 9-17, Sa-Su 10-18. Museum devoted to the Tove Jansson characters, with original sketches and drawings. The permanent exhibition is rather staid, but there are occasional performances aimed children. Adults €4, children (4-16) and students €1.  edit
  • Rupriikki, Väinö Linnan aukio 13 (Finlayson), +358 3 5656 6411 (), [18]. Tu-Su 10-18. Media museum focusing on the history and development of mass communications. Adults €5, children (7-16) and students €1.  edit
  • Sara Hildén Art Museum (Sara Hildénin taidemuseo), Särkänniemi, (), [19]. Tu-Su 11-18. Modern art, both Finnish and foreign.  edit
  • Spy Museum (Vakoilumuseo), Satakunnankatu 18, [20]. Jun-Aug: M-Sa 10-18, Sun 11-17. Sep-May: M-Sa 12-18, Sun 11-17. Claims to be the first spy museum in the world, exhibiting everything from spy cameras to secret weapons. Admission €7 (adults) / €5.50 (children and students).  edit
  • Tampere Art Museum (Tampereen taidemuseo), Puutarhakatu 34, [21]. Tu-Su 10-18. Changing exhibitions of Finnish and foreign art. Price varies with exhibitions.  edit
  • Vapriikki, Veturiaukio 4, [22]. Jun-Aug: M-Tu, Th-Su 10-18, Wed 11-20. Sep-May: Tue, Th-Su 10-18, Wed 11-20. Changing exhibitions. Basic exhibitions include the history of Pirkanmaa, a shoe museum and a hockey museum. Adults €7, children (7-16) and students €2, pensioners and unemployed €6. Some exhibitions may cost extra.  edit
  • Art and Craftcenter Verkaranta (Käsi- ja taideteollisuuskeskus Verkaranta), Verkatehtaankatu 2, +358 3 225 1409 (), [23]. M-F 10-18, Sa-Su 11-16 (12-17 in summer). Monthly exhibitions on arts and crafts. €3.  edit
  • Kaleva Church (Kalevan kirkko), Liisanpuisto 1, [24]. Solid concrete modernist church designed by famous architect Reima Pietilä in 1966. Locals call it "The Grain Silo of Souls" (Sielujen siilo) and from the outside it's not hard to see why, but the stark interior is quite awe-inspiring: very high and big room without pillars, minimalist interior made of bright wood. Some Sundays, community members guide onto the roof, which offers a good view over Tampere, and let one have a nice view from the top into the church room.  edit
  • Messukylä Old Church (Messukylän vanha kirkko), Kivikirkontie 2, [25]. The oldest building in Tampere, built in medieval times with parts dating back to the 1400s. Unheated and thus open only from May to August.  edit
  • Tampere Cathedral (Tampereen tuomiokirkko), Tuomiokirkonkatu, [26]. Imposing church in the National Romantic style, designed by architect Lars Sonck and completed in 1907. The interior has a series of famously macabre frescos by Hugo Simberg, including The Wounded Angel (once voted Finland's "national painting") and the Garden of Death.  edit
  • Alexander church, next to the library. This is a neo-gothic red brick building. Its interior is simple colored wooden carftswork. It is surrounded by a small park containing a few old grave stones.  edit
  • Old church (Vanha Kirkko), on Keskustori next to theater and city hall. The oldest church in Tanpere center is this yellow wooded church build 1824. Four years later, a bell tower designed by Carl Ludwig Engel was added.  edit
  • Tampere Orthodox Church (Tampereen ortodoksikirkko), Suvantokatu 10, [27]. Russian-style onion-domed church dating to 1896, serving Tampere's tiny Orthodox minority.  edit
  • The church in the Finlayson area was build 1879 for thw workers. It is simple and build of red brick.
  • Duck Park (Sorsapuisto), Yliopistonkatu, [28]. 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.  edit
  • Hatanpää Arboretum, Hatanpään puistokuja (About 2km south via Hatanpään valtatie from the city centre, turn to right on Hatanpään puistokuja), [29]. An arboretum (a collection of trees and plants), a rose garden and a park by Lake Pyhäjärvi.  edit
  • Koskipuisto Park, [30]. Newly renovated park by the Tammerkoski rapids in the center of the city. Popular place to have a picnic or a beer on a sunny summer day.  edit
  • Näsi Park (Näsinpuisto), [31]. Nice park by Lake Näsijärvi, created in the early 20th century. Starts from the north end of Hämeenpuisto. On the highest point of the park lies a memorial for the victims of the shipwreck of S/S Kuru, which sunk off Tampere in 1929, killing 138 people. By the memorial you'll have a great view over the lake Näsijärvi and Särkänniemi Adventure Park.  edit
  • Southern Park (Eteläpuisto), Eteläpuisto (At the southern end of Hämeenpuisto). A park with a fountain. From the park you can walk through the woods to Pyynikin uimaranta, the most popular beach in Tampere.  edit
  • Viikinsaari Island, [32]. On a sunny summer day take a 20-minute boat trip [33] from Laukontori to Viikinsaari Island. There are swimming shores, playgrounds, a fireplace for roasting sausages and such (buy 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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Särkänniemi Adventure Park, [34]. Theme park between May and Sept, art museum and restaurant throughout the year. Includes a dolphinarium and the landmark Näsinneula tower, topped by the inevitable revolving restaurant. On a summer day the views of the surrounding forests and lakes are quite nice though. Entrance €6, single ride ticket €5, day pass €29 (includes entrance).  edit
  • Tampere City Library (Metso), Pirkankatu 2, [35]. M-F 9:30AM-8 PM, Sat 9:30 AM-3 PM. In 1978 a competition was arranged for the design of a new main library. The jury unanimously chose the design by Raili and Reima Pietilä. The architects said they had been influenced by various elements, such as Celtic ornaments, sheep horns and glacial spin formations. The basic idea was a space coiling spirally like the shell of a snail. The form of a bird appeared in the design process. Increasingly, the building began to resemble a large game bird, the capercaillie, known in Finnish as metso — now the building's nickname. Seen from above, the building looks like a bird carrying a shield. Houses the Moominvalley exhibition and the Mineral Museum.  edit
  • Haihara Mansion (Haiharan kartano), [36]. A peaceful place to visit on a warm summer day. There is a cafe, art exhibitions and a garden. The mansion's history dates back to 16th century. The last stop of bus line 15 is near Haihara.  edit
  • Hervanta. The suburb of Hervanta is located about 10 km south of the city center and can be reached either by taxi or bus lines 13, 20, 23, 30 or 39. It is the location of Tampere University of Technology, Hermia Technology Center and a large amount of student housing. Many high-tech companies including Nokia have offices in Hervanta. What makes Hervanta infamous is the large amount of 1970's concrete residential tower blocks and the social problems it suffered, especially during 1980's. If you happen to be around Hervanta when the university is in session, you might run into a student party somewhere. Thursdays are the most popular days for these.  edit
  • Cruises, [37]. To Hämeenlinna (a leisurely 8 hours), to Nokia (a town, not the company) or just on the lake are popular in the summer. There are many regular boat routes on both lakes (Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi).  edit
  • Downhill skiing, (), [38]. There are two small skiing hills in Tampere. One is in Hervanta (buses 13, 23 and 30) the other one in Mustavuori (buses 70 and 71), near Kalkku. The longest slope in Hervanta is 350 meters with altitude change of 59 meters. In Mustavuori the numbers are 350 meters and 69 meters accordingly. Both hills offer courses and equipment rental.  edit
  • Fishing, [39]. You can fish at the Tammerkoski rapids that run right through the city center. You need to purchase a fishing permit from a nearby R-kioski (Hatanpään valtatie 2), tourist office (Verkatehtaankatu 2) or a vending machine at the wall of restaurant Rosso. You may catch at most three salmonoids a day, whitefish not included. €4 for 4 hours, €4.50 for full day.  edit
  • Football, [40]. Tampere United football club has won the Finnish championship in 2001, 2006 and 2007.  edit
  • Farm holiday, [41]. A farm holiday is a way to experience Finnish countryside. Farms and cottages are mostly available during summer but there may be exceptions.  edit
  • Hiking around forests. In Finland, everyone has a right of public access to the wilderness provided that you don't cause damage. In Tampere, good hiking grounds with marked paths can be found in the Pyynikki and Kauppi forests.  edit
  • Holiday Club Tampere Spa (Tampereen kylpylä), [42]. 7:30-21:00. A spa hotel, about 1 km from the city centre, built into an old cotton mill situated next to a marina. The large spa department offers swimming pools, jacuzzis, a children's pool, saunas, a steam room, and spa treatments also for day visitors. Spa from €6 to €14, other services available also..  edit
  • Ice hockey, Keltinkatu 2, [43]. Tampere has two ice hockey teams, Tappara [44] and Ilves [45], which are among the most successful in Finland.  edit
  • Ice swimming. During winter, you can combine sauna with ice swimming: drill a hole into the ice cover of a lake and hop in! The water under the ice stays at constant temperature of +4°C, and is very refreshing. You can try ice swimming at Kaupinojan sauna [46], [47] or Rauhaniemen kansankylpylä [48] on Rauhaniementie near hotel Holiday Club Tampere.  edit
  • Ice walk. A popular pastime during sunny midwinter day is to go for an ice walk. In March people walk about a 1km trip to a small island of Siilinkari on lake Näsijärvi and have a picnic. Be aware that it's only safe to walk on well-frozen lake. Only go if you see other people (and not just ice-fishers) doing so.  edit
  • Midnight sun. Even though the Midnight sun doesn't quite reach Tampere (you need to be north of the Arctic Circle for the proper midnight sun), the summer nights are bright. In midsummer, the sun sets for just couple of hours and there is no darkness, only twilight. This is nice for spending mild summer evenings outdoors. The downside of this is that during winter months, the day is very short and the night already falls in the afternoon.  edit
  • Rajaportin sauna, Pispalan valtatie 9, 358 45 136 5557, [49]. Mon, Wed 18-22, Fri 15-21, Sat 14-22. The oldest still-functioning public sauna in Finland. Located in historical Pispala, easily reached with buses 1, 13, 18, 19, 25 and 26. In old days, people who didn't have a sauna of their own went to a public sauna to clean up. In addition to seeing a piece of history, you can experience one of the best quality saunas in the world: the stove is three cubic meters in size and contains over a ton of stones that are heated literally glowing red with burning logs. After simmering for couple of hours, the sauna is ready for the customers, and it doesn't get any bigger or better than this! Adults €5 (Fridays until 17 and Mondays €3), children (7-16) €1.  edit
  • Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, [50].  edit
  • Terraces. During warm summer days, people enjoy sitting on outdoor terraces of restaurants and have a beer or two. You can see outdoor tables and chairs being set up outside restaurants as soon as the first sunny and warm(ish) spring days arrive.  edit


There are two universities in Tampere; the University of Tampere [51], and Tampere University of Technology [52]. The former has about 15,000 students and the latter about 10,000 students. Tampere has also two universities of applied sciences, the TAMK [53] and PIRAMK [54], each of which has some 5,000 students.

City of Tampere runs the Adult Education Centre [55] that offers rather cheap courses for everyone.


Tampere has lots of shopping opportunities from small specialized shops to malls. Grocery stores in Tampere (and in Finland) are usually quite easy to find. Look for e.g. K-market, S-market, Sale, Siwa, and Valintatalo. Supermarkets (Prisma, Citymarket) are located outside the city centre.

  • Stockmann, Hämeenkatu 4, [56]. Upscale department store right next to the railway station.  edit
  • Sokos, Hämeenkatu 21, [57]. Large department store at the west end of the main street.  edit
  • Anttila, Puutarhakatu 10, [58]. Large lower-end department store near Finlayson.  edit
  • Koskikeskus, Hatanpään valtatie 1, [59]. Midsize mall at the riverbank, at the foot of Hotel Ilves.  edit
  • Tullintori, Tullikatu 10, [60]. Smallish mall behind railway station, next to Hotel Villa.  edit
  • Ideapark, Ideaparkinkatu 4, Lempäälä, [61]. Largest mall in Lempäälä with a special focus on furniture, interior decoration and clothing. Located along the Tampere-Helsinki motorway in Lempäälä, but bus/coach connections exist.  edit
  • Akateeminen kirjakauppa, Hämeenkatu 6, [62]. Tampere's best selection of both Finnish and English language books, especially well stocked with non-fiction and university course books.  edit
  • Suomalainen kirjakauppa, Several outlets, [63]. Two shops in Hämeenkatu and one in Koskikeskus mall. Mostly Finnish language fiction, but offers a small selection of English-language paperbacks.  edit
  • Laukontori, South end of Aleksis Kiven katu, [64]. Marketplace at the shore of lake Pyhäjärvi. In addition to market booths, many Pyhäjärvi cruises start from the harbour right next to the market. From Laukontori you have also a good view of a local eccentricity: a fully-functioning cardboard factory at the middle of the city [65]. This is a good reminder of the Tampere's industrial past.  edit
  • Tammelantori, Tammelan puistokatu. Busy marketplace surrounded by rather dull-looking 70's apartment flats. Here you can taste the Tampere specialty, black sausage.  edit
  • Market Hall (Kauppahalli), Hämeenkatu 19, [66]. Fresh food and other shopping in a historical market hall build 1901. It is said to be the second biggest market hall in the world.  edit
  • Kehräsaari, Next to Laukontori. Restaurants and touristy shopping at the mouth of the rapids between lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. You can walk from Laukontori to Koskikeskus via Kehräsaari.  edit
  • Finlayson, At the north from main square, [67]. Historical cotton factory area, now renovated into area with shopping (Siperia), movie theater multiplex (Plevna), restaurants, night clubs, parks, offices and apartment buildings. The factory, founded by Scottish immigrant James Finlayson in 1820, helped Tampere grow into thriving industrial city. Towards the end of 1800's Finlayson factories grew into "a city inside a city". The renovation was completed in 2001.  edit
Culinary nirvana Tampere style: blood sausage, lingonberry jam, milk and a donut
Culinary nirvana Tampere style: blood sausage, lingonberry jam, milk and a donut

Tampere is (in)famous for its black sausage (mustamakkara), a sausage made of blood. The cheapest and most authentic way to try this is to buy from one of the stalls at the Tammelantori or Laukontori markets, with a dab of lingonberry jam (puolukkahillo) and a pint of milk (maito) on the side, but old Tampere hands will insist that the one true condiment is a mix of lingonberry jam and mustard. Order by price, not weight: "two euros" (kaksi euroa) will get you a nice hefty chunk. You can also try a doughnut (donitsi) with a cup of coffee. Note that both markets close by 2PM and are closed Sundays too.

This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under €10
Mid-range €10-30
Splurge Over €30

For inexpensive fast food, you can always visit McDonald's and Subway, or their domestic equivalents Hesburger and Rolls. Finnish pizza franchise Kotipizza has restaurants throughout the city. Ethnic pizza and kebab restaurants can be found throughout the city and are usually even cheaper than international fast food restaurants. Many of the mid-range restaurants also have lunch offers under €10.

  • Gopal, Ilmarinkatu, +358 3 253 1002, [68]. M-F 11-16, Sat 12-16. Vegetarian lunch restaurant. Food seasoned in an Indian manner, not an Indian restaurant though.  edit
  • Golden Rax Pizza Buffet, Hämeenkatu 5 and in Koskikeskus (Haatanpäänvaltatie 1), [69]. Self-service all you can eat and drink, pizzas, chicken wings, lasagne etc.  edit
  • Katupoika, Aleksanterinkatu 20, +358 3 2720 201, [70]. M-Sa 11-21 (or later). Proudly serving hearty portions of real Tampere food for over thirty years, including black sausage. The mural in the restaurant depicts a view of Pispala, one of Tampere's harju hills. From €9, including salad bar.  edit
  • Kim Long, Itsenäisyydenkatu 2. A rather decent Chinese restaurant just outside the railway station's passage. From €5. €7,9 lunch buffet on weekdays, 9,9 on weekends.  edit
  • Pizzeria Napoli, Aleksanterinkatu 31, +358 3 223 8887, [71]. M-Th 11-23, Fri 11-24, Sat 12-24, Sun 13-23. The oldest pizzeria in Tampere. Pizzas vary from the ordinary to exotic (for example ostrich meat, or Finlandia vodka with fried game, or habanero) Pizzas from €7 to €12.  edit
  • Gastropub Praha, Itsenäisyydenkatu 11, +358 3 2612 500, [72]. M-Th 17:00-23:30, Fri 16-24, Sat 12-24, Sun 15-21. From €6 to €10.  edit
  • Veijon Kokkitykki. Located by Tammmelantori square. Traditional style fish food, loved by many.  edit
  • Nguyen Cao Su, Aleksanterinkatu 30. Called "pikku kiinalainen" ("little chinese restaurant") by the many locals frequenting it. Tasty and big portions, especially take-away. Really small place, often crowded during lunch hours and weekends. Most portions from €6 to €9 (includes rice).  edit
  • 2h+k, Aleksanterinkatu 33, +358 3 2131 131, [73]. Mon 12-22, Tu-Th 12-24, F-Sa 12-01, Sun 13-23. Delibar, serves e.g. warm breads From €9 to €13.  edit
  • Aino ja Ilmari, Tammelan puistokatu 27, +358 3 253 2630. M-F 11-22, Sat 12-22, Sun 13-18. Main courses from €15 to €27.  edit
  • Amarillo, Hatanpään valtatie 1, +358 3 5698 6114, [74]. Tex mex restaurant, part of the Amarillo chain. Steaks from €17 to €30.  edit
  • Antika, Väinölänkatu 1, +358 3 2141 282, [75]. Tu-F 11-14 and 16-23, Sat 12-23, Sun 13-20. Excellent Greek restaurant located in Tammela. Very cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. Main courses from €11 to €22.  edit
  • Athur, Lapinniemenranta 12, [76]. M-F 11-23, Sat 12-23, Sun 12-21. Restaurant at Holiday Club Tampere Spa. From €10 to €23.  edit
  • Bella Roma Siperia, Itäinenkatu 5-7 (Siperia), +358 3 222 1303 (), [77]. M-Tu 11-22, W-Th 11-23, Fri 11-24, Sat 12-24, Sun 13-21. Italian restaurant located in Finlayson's Siperia. Mains €15-26.  edit
  • Bodega Salud, Tuomiokirkonkatu 19, +358 3 2334 400 (), [78]. M-F 11-, Sat 12-, Sun 13-. Spanish eatery catering to carnivores and vegetarians. Serves also more exotic courses such as Rocky Mountain oysters, gnu, and kangaroo. Main courses from €16 to €30.  edit
  • Classic American Diner, Itäinen katu 9-13 (Siperia), +358 3 2604 500 (), [79]. M-W 11-21, Th-F 11-23, Sat 12-24, Sun 12-22. American style burger restaurant. Burgers from €10 to €35.  edit
  • Coussicca, Nyyrikintie 2, +358 3 2552 100 (), [80]. M-F 11-22, Sa-Su 12-21. The oldest restaurant in Tampere. Known for its large breaded pork escalope, or Coussican vinkkari. Main courses from €13 to €25.  edit
  • Coyote Bar & Grill, Hämeenkatu 3, +358 3 2143 911, [81]. M-Th 11-24, Fri 11-01, Sat 12-01, Sun 12-24. Main courses from €15 to €25, menus from €27 to €40.  edit
  • Golden Unicorn, Hallituskatu 3, +358 3 222 0321, [82]. M-Th 11-22, Fri 11-23, Sat 12-23, Sun 12-22. Chinese restaurant very near Keskustori. Also take-away. From €10 to €19.  edit
  • El Toro, Hämeenkatu 26, +358 3 2131 755 (), [83]. M-Th 11-23, Fri 11-24, Sat 12-24, Sun 14-22. Steak restaurant. Main courses from €16 to €26.  edit
  • Esperanza Kitchen & Tequileria, Hämeenkatu 10, +358 3 4474 810 (), [84]. M-Th 11-14 and 17-23, Fri 11-14 and 17-24, Sat 14-24. Spanish-mexican restaurant located under Hämeenkatu. Main courses from €18 to €25.  edit
  • Frankly, Hallituskatu 22, +358 3 2120 235 (), [85]. M-Th 11-24, Fri 11-01, Sat 12-01, Sun 14-23. Main courses from €16 to €23.  edit
  • Gastropub Tuulensuu, Hämeenpuisto 23, +358 3 2141 553, [86]. Su-F 17-24, Sat 12-24. Small, moody gastropub serving tasty food. Good selection of foreign beers, ciders, wines and cigars. Friendly and competent staff. Food from €5 to €17.  edit
  • The Grill, Frenckellin aukio, +358 3 260 3355 (), [87]. M-Th 11-24, Fri 11-01, Sat 12-01, Sun 13-20. Spanish-international cuisine with an emphasis on grilled food. Good price/quality ratio. Main courses from €17 to €35.  edit
  • Gringos Locos, Kehräsaari, +358 3 2133 700 (), [88]. M-Tu 17-22, W-Th 17-23, Fri 17-01, Sat 13-01, Sun 13-22. Tex mex restaurant Cajun grill from €13 to €22.  edit
  • Harald, Hämeenkatu 23, +358 3 2138 380 (), [89]. M-Th 11-24, Fri 11-01, Sat 12-01, Sun 13-21. Viking restaurant. Main courses from €15 to €27, menus from €27 to €40.  edit
  • Havana Bar & Grill, Hämeenkatu 15, +358 3 2239 333 (), [90]. Su-Th 15-24, Fri 15-03, Sat 12-03. Located by the bank of Tammerkoski. Main courses from €14 to €19.  edit
  • Hook, Kehräsaari 101, +358 3 2233 284, [91]. M-Th 16-24, Fri 16-01, Sat 14-01, Sun 14-22. Wings restaurant. 12 chicken wings €6.70.  edit
  • Knossos, Hatanpään valtatie 1 (Koskikeskus), +358 3 2238 898 (), [92]. Mon 11-15, Tu-Th 11-21, Fri 11-22, Sat 12-22. Greek restaurant. Main courses from €12 to €24.  edit
  • Laterna, Puutarhakatu 11, +358 3 272 0241 (), [93]. Tu-Th 17-23, F-Sa 17-04. Russian cuisine Main courses from €15 to €23.  edit
  • Lotus Garden, Rongankatu 5. Chinese restaurant near the railway station. Also take-away.  edit
  • Maruseki, Hallituskatu 7, +358 3 2120 728 (), [94]. Tu-Th 11-21, Fri 11-22, Sat 11-21. Japanese restaurant and tea house founded and owned by Marjo Seki, who lived 20 years in Japan as a teacher and interpreter. Maruseki had the first tea house in Finland, and you can experience real Japanese dinner kneeling in front of a kotatsu-table wearing a kimono. Sushi and warm dishes from €6 to €15.  edit
  • Montree, Hammareninkatu 7, +358 3 2130 490 (), [95]. M-Th 11-15, Fri 11-18 (reservation required after 17), Sat 18-24 (reservation required). Thai food. Main courses from €15 to €21.  edit
  • Myllärit, Åkerlundinkatu 4, +358 3 2722 660 (), [96]. Mon 11-14, Tu-Th 11-23, Fri 11-24, Sat 12-24. Main courses from €14 to €23.  edit
  • Nanda Devi, Näsilinnankatu 17, +358 3 2130 935, [97]. M-Th 11-22, F-Sa 11-23, Sun 12-22. Indian restaurant. From €12 to €19.  edit
  • Natalie, Hallituskatu 19, +358 3 223 2040 (), [98]. Tu-Sa 17-24. Slavic restaurant. Main courses from €14 to €20.  edit
  • Old Oliver's, Kuninkaankatu 24, +358 3 213 4204 (), [99]. M-Tu 11-22, W-Th 11-23, F-Sa 11-00, Sun 12-22. Food from the grill from €9 to €58.  edit
  • Pancho Villa, Hämeenkatu 23 (branches also at Satakunnankatu 22, Tammelan puistokatu 34), +358 3 213 1232 (), [100]. M-F 11-, Sa-Su 12-. Mexican/tex-mex style restaurant. Good price/quality ratio. Main courses from €8 to €30.  edit
  • Piazza Foodfactory & Bar, Hämeenkatu 1, +358 3 2446 2207 (), [101]. M-F 11-24, Sat 12-24, Sun 12-22. Mixed kitchen. Main courses up to €27.  edit
  • Plevna, Itäinenkatu 8, (), [102]. Mon 11-23, Tu-Th 11-01, F-Sa 11-02, Sun 12-23. Czech-German microbrewery-pub with more sausages and sauerkraut than you can shake a mug at. Not only do they brew their own beer, but they distill their own spirits as well. Located in an old factory building.  edit
  • Ragu's Wok & Grill, Ilmarinkatu 8 (Tammelantori), +358 3 213 1599, [103]. M-Sa 11:00-22:30, Sun 12:00-22:30. Malaysian restaurant. Main courses from €13 to €24. Take away -30%.  edit
  • Ravintolalaiva Tampere. Restaurant ship Tampere makes lunch and dinner cruises on lake Pyhäjärvi. Departs from Laukontori. Lunch €19, dinner €26 including the cruise, food buffet and entertainment.  edit
  • Rosso, Koskipuisto, +358 3 223 1751 (), [104]. Su-Th 11-24, F-Sa 11-01. A popular family restaurant, that belongs to the Rosso chain. Food is cheap and restaurants offer good playgrounds and dishes for children. An excellent view to Tammerkoski. Main courses from €10 to €20.  edit
  • Saha, Hatanpään valtatie 1 (Koskikeskus), +358 3 2134 585, [105]. Main courses from €10 to €45.  edit
  • SpeakEasy, Päämääränkuja 10 (Siperia), +358 3 2604 777 (). M-Th 11-24, Fri 11-01, Sat 12-01, Sun 12-24. Wings restaurant in two floors. The more "speak easy" like decoration can be found from the cellar. Use the entrance on the alley behind the dining area inside Siperia. 12 chicken wings €7.80.  edit
  • Star & Moonlight, Hatanpään valtatie 1 (Koskikeskus), +358 3 2140 284. Mon - Fri 11 - 22, Sat - Sun 12 - 22. Small Indian restaurant, behind Koskikeskus. Good lunch specials. €7-18.  edit
  • Ströget, Laukontori 10, +358 3 2226 490 (), [106]. M-F 10:30-18:00, Sat 11-17. Danish style sandwiches (smørrebrød). From €7 to €17.  edit
  • Veganissimo, Otavalankatu 10, +358 3 213 0323, [107]. M-Tu 11-20, W-Th 11-22, Fri 11-24, Sat 13-24. Vegetarian restaurant, all dishes suitable for vegans also. À la carte main dishes from €12 to €19.  edit
  • Wistub Alsace, Laukontori 6B, +358 3 2120 260 (), [108]. Tu-F 16-22, Sat 15-22. Hearty Alsatian restaurant in the heart of Tampere. All the traditional Alsatian meals are represented on the menu. Tarte flambée from €12 to €14, other main courses from €18 to €20.  edit
  • Astor, Aleksis Kiven katu 26, +358 3 260 5700 (), [109]. M-Th 11-24, F-Sa 11-02, Sun 14-22. European kitchen. Main courses from €17 to €25, four course menu €44.  edit
  • Finlaysonin Palatsi, Kuninkaankatu 1, +358 400 219 530 (), [110]. Tu-F 11-24, Sat 12-24. Beautifully located at the Finlayson family's old palace. Main courses from €15 to €26.  edit
  • Hella ja huone, Salhojankatu 48, +358 3 253 2440 (), [111]. Tu-Sa 18-. French cuisine. Main courses €20.50, four course menu €45.  edit
  • Henriks, Satamakatu 7, +358 3 272 0221 (), [112]. Lunchtime: M-F 11:00-14:30. Evenings: M-Tu 17-22, W-F 17-24, Sat 13-24. Main courses from €16 to €28, four course menu €49.  edit
  • Hämeensilta, Hämeenkatu 13, +358 3 212 7207, [113]. Tu-Th 21-02, F-Sa 21-04. A dance & music restaurant in the heart of Tampere. Popular among the 50+ generation. Main courses from €17 to €22.  edit
  • Masuuni, Hatanpään valtatie 1 (Hotel Ilves), +358 3 5698 6121 (), [114]. M-Th 18-23, Fri 18-24, Sat 17-24. Main courses from €22 to €28, menus from €44 to €50.  edit
  • Näsinneula, Särkänniemi, +358 20 7130 234, [115]. 11-23.30. Revolving restaurant atop the sightseeing tower. Needless to say, it's expensive, but they specialize in Finnish ingredients and the results are above average. Main courses from €20 to €30.  edit
  • Tammer, Satakunnankatu 13, +358 20 1234 630, [116]. M-Sa 11:30-23:30. Main courses from €19 to €26.  edit
  • Tiiliholvi, Kauppakatu 10, +358 3 2720 231 (), [117]. M-F 11-15 and 17-24, Sat 13-24. Main courses from €20 to €26.  edit
  • Amurin helmi, Satakunnankatu 49, +358 3 5656 6634, [118]. Every day from 10 to 17 (during summer from 10 to 18). Cosy athmosphere in an old wooden building which is part of Amuri museum of workers' housing. Tampere specialities and homemade bread.  edit
  • Arnolds, Tullikatu 6 (Tullintori), +358 3 2234 850, [119]. M-F 09-20, Sat 10-17. Tasty doughnuts baked on location. There's another outlet at Koskikeskus. Regular coffee from €1.60 to €2.20, doughnuts from €1.70 to €2.30.  edit
  • Mokkamestarit, Kuukuja 8 E, +358 3 2530 145, [120]. M-F 10-18, Sat 10-16. Great variety of different coffees sold for home use, roasted and grinded by themselves. Couple of different brands served for drinking on spot, brands changing daily.  edit
  • Pyynikki Observation Tower Cafe, Näkötornintie, +358 3 212 3247, [121]. Every day from 09 to 20. Serves donuts appreciated by many. The observation tower is only 26 meters high, but since it is on a ridge, it offers a great view of Tampere and the surrounding lakes. It costs about one euro to climb up the observation tower.  edit
  • Vohvelikahvila, Ojakatu 2, +358 3 2144 225, [122]. M-Sa 09-20, Sun 10-20. Small atmospheric cafe. The name means "Waffle Cafe" and that's what you'll get, in both sweet and savoury versions.  edit

Pubs and nightclubs

Nightlife in Tampere is brutally competitive and cheap beer promotions abound.


See also Plevna in the Eat section for Tampere's oldest and largest microbrewery.

  • O'Connell's, Rautatienkatu 24, +358 3 222 7032, [123]. Open every day 16-02. Irish pub near the railway station. Many staff members and owners are Irish.  edit
  • Salhojankadun Pub, Salhojankatu 29, +358 3 2553 376, [124]. English-style pub a little off the beaten track, but within walking distance of the railway station.  edit
  • Gastropub Tuulensuu, Hämeenpuisto 23, +358 3 2141 553, [125]. A traditional style pub with an extensive selection (biggest in Tampere) of over one hundred imported Central European and other beers, especially self-imported Belgian brews. Also serves beer snacks and main courses.  edit


  • Doris, Aleksanterinkatu 20, [126]. F-Sa 22-04, Tu-Th, Sun 23-04. Small but popular night club. Lovingly nicknamed Dorka ("Idiot"), which gives some idea of the target clientele, especially as closing time nears.  edit
  • Ilves, Hatanpään valtatie 1 (Hotel Ilves), +358 20 1234 631, [127]. W-Sa 21-04. Quite popular night club. Music mostly from top hits to club.  edit
  • Klubi, Tullikamarinaukio 2, [128]. M-Tu 11-22, W-F 11-04, Sat 15-04. A bar/night club in the old customs house built in 1901. Live music presented often. Price depends on performers.  edit
  • Love Hotel, Hämeenkatu 10, +358 10 423 3222, [129]. Tue & Sun 23-04, W-Sa 22-04. Fairly large night club in the center of the city. Private lounges (€89-150) and karaoke lounges (€150-300) available. Lounge prices include free entrance for 6 or 8 persons and a bottle of champagne.  edit
  • Onnela, Puutarhakatu 21, +358 20 7759 470, [130]. A popular night club for twentysomethings. Has multiple departments with different music and visual style. Music from heavy rock to latest pop charts.  edit
  • Ruma, Murtokatu, [131]. Popular night club selected the best of the town by City Magazine. Cheap drinks and entrance. Music played is something between rock and pop, often British bands. The tongue-in-cheek name means Ugly, since neither the interior nor most guests are.  edit
  • Yo-talo, Kauppakatu 10, (), [132]. Disco, clubs, and live music in a building from the early 20th century. Type and age of the crowd depends heavily on the program.  edit
  • Homeland Tampere, Kullervonkatu 19 A, +358 3 3126 0200 (), [133]. Apartment hotel located near Tammelan tori, about 5min walk from the railway station. Single room €74, double room €84.  edit
  • Hostel Sofia, Tuomiokirkonkatu 12 A, +358 3 2544 020 (), [134]. Hostel located next to Tampere Cathedral. Single room €45, double room €65.  edit
  • Hotel Kauppi, Kalevan puistotie 2, +358 3 2535 353 (), [135]. A budget hotel/motel about 1 km from the city center, near Kauppi recreation forest. Single room €57/€72, double room €72/€89.  edit
  • Hotelli Haapalinna, Rahtimiehenkatu 3, +358 3 3453 335 (), [136]. A budget hotel located 4 km from the city center in a residential area, near bus routes. Single room €56/€59, double room €72/€78.  edit
  • Hotelli Iltatähti, Kyläojankatu 16, +358 3 3151 6262 (), [137]. Has moved from central Tampere to Messukylä which is situated four kilometers away from Tampere downtown. It is specialized in long term accommodation but offers rooms on nightly basis also. Only four rooms. Single room €70, double room €80.  edit
  • Härmälä Camping, Leirintäkatu 8, +358 3 265 1355, [138]. Camping area about 3km from the city centre. Open only in summer.  edit
  • Omena Hotel Tampere I and II, Hämeenkatu 7 (near train station) and 28 (near library), [139]. The local branch of a budget hotel chain, centrally located on the main street. A self-service hotel (no reception desk). Room for 1-4 persons from €36 (price changes by the date of booking and occupancy rate).  edit
  • Summer Hotel Härmälä, Nuolialantie 48, +358 3 2651 355 (), [140]. Located on a lakeside location, 4 km from the city center in a residential area, near bus routes. Located next to the Härmälä camping area. Single room €38/€40, double room €52/€55.  edit
  • Cumulus Hämeenpuisto, Hämeenpuisto 47, +358 3 3862 000 (), [141]. Located on a boulevard at a southern part of the city.  edit
  • Cumulus Koskikatu, Koskikatu 5, +358 3 2424 111 (), [142]. Located in the center of the city next to the riverside park.  edit
  • Cumulus Pinja, Satakunnankatu 10, +358 3 2415 111 (), [143]. A small hotel, located in the center of the city.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Tampere, Yliopistonkatu 44, +358 3 2455 111 (), [144]. A business hotel, located right behind the railway station in the city centre.  edit
  • Holiday Club Tampere, Lapinniemenranta 12, +358 210 100 000, [145]. A hotel/spa next to a marina, about 1 km from the city center. Built into an old cotton mill with high rooms.  edit
  • Hotelli Victoria, Itsenäisyydenkatu 1, +358 3 2425 111 (), [146]. Located right behind the railway station in the city centre.  edit
  • Scandic Tampere City, Hämeenkatu 1, +358 3 2446 111 (), [147]. Located right across the street from the railway station, on the main street.  edit
  • Sokos Hotel Villa, Sumeliuksenkatu 14, +358 20 1234 633 (), [148]. Built into an old grain storehouse, located right behind the railway station in the city centre.  edit


Internet cafes are not very common in Finland, and Tampere makes no exception. If you have your own laptop or a smartphone, most cafes offer free wireless internet (or WLAN as it is mostly called in Finland).

  • Internet Madi, Tuomiokirkonkatu 36, [152]. M-F 10-22, Sa-Su 11-22. Starting from €2 for a half an hour, price includes coffee/tea.  edit

Stay safe

In general, Finland is a fairly safe country, and Tampere is no exception. On weekend nights, intoxicated people wandering around city streets may be an annoyance, especially on April 30th, the eve of May Day, when it's a common habit to get drunk; and when nice weather has people on the move. Intoxicated Finns tend to be (sometimes over-)friendly and curious towards foreigners, though black people and Arabs may sometimes experience racism. Just use your common sense, and steer clear of drunk people looking for a fight. Pickpockets occasionally lurk in crowds.

There are no exceptional crime problems or health hazards, although the extreme cold in the winter should be borne in mind by visitors, especially those planning outdoor activities. Whilst in summer the temperature rises occasionally to over 25ºC, in the winter months it can drop to around -30ºC for a day or two. Dressing warmly is a must. If you forget to bring winter clothing, you can always visit local shops for appropiate apparel. Also, watch out for slippery sidewalks in winter.

The Yliopiston Apteekki pharmacy at Hämeenkatu 16, near the main square is open daily from 7AM to 12PM.

  • In the unlikely event that the stress of city life gets to you in Tampere, escape for a day of pampering at the spa in Nokia. A day trip to Nokia is a good idea also if you want to familiarize with the founding place of Nokia corporation and the history behind it, even if the company no longer has any actual offices there.
  • Tampere is a good base for visiting Finland if you arrive by Ryanair directly to Tampere: it is quite possible to make day trips by train e.g. to the capital Helsinki, to the historic capital Turku or to the town of Hämeenlinna. Both Turku and Hämeenlinna have small mediaeval castles that can be visited.
  • For the down-hill skiing enthusiast, there are ski stations in Sappee (Pälkäne, 50 km from Tampere) and Himos (Jämsä, 95 km from Tampere).
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Simple English

—  City  —
Tampereen kaupunki
Tampere City Centre
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Manchester of the North, Manse (in Finnish)
Location of Tampere in Finland
Coordinates: 61°30′N 023°46′E / 61.5°N 23.767°E / 61.5; 23.767Coordinates: 61°30′N 023°46′E / 61.5°N 23.767°E / 61.5; 23.767
Country  Finland
Province Western Finland
Region Pirkanmaa
Sub-region Tampere
 - City manager Timo P. Nieminen
Area (2009-01-01)
 - Total 689.53 km2 (266.2 sq mi)
 - Land 524.97 km2 (202.7 sq mi)
 - Water 164.56 km2 (63.5 sq mi)
Population (2008-12-31)
 - Total 209,535
 Density 399.14/km2 (1,033.8/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate 18%
Urbanisation 96.9%
Unemployment rate 10.1%
Website www.tampere.fi

[[File:|250px|thumb|right|Tampere Railway Station]] Tampere (Swedish: Tammerfors) is the second biggest city in Finland. It is the capital of the Pirkanmaa area.

Tampere was started in 1779. Around 204,300 people were living in Tampere as of 2005. The current mayor is Timo P. Nieminen.

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