Tampere - friendly and casual
A large city by Finnish standards, with more than 200,000 inhabitants, Tampere has managed to keep the small town feel. The city centre is compact in size, and the atmosphere is friendly and casual.
The city is located on a scenic spot on a narrow isthmus between two great lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. Tammerkoski rapids flow through the city centre, forming the backdrop for old industrial buildings, nowadays serving as idyllic restaurants, museums and even a cinema. Just a stone throw away from the city centre you can walk up the Pyynikki ridge, the biggest gravel ridge formed by ice age in the world. Pyynikki offers fantastic views over the two lakes as well as the beautiful housing area of Pispala with colourful wooden houses. Enjoy the surrounding waters on peaceful rowboat trips or lake cruises, and don’t miss a visit to one of the public saunas by the lakeside!
The largest Lake District in Europe: In a scarcely populated country there’s enough scenery and shoreline for all, allowing you to easily lose yourself in thought or be inspired by the vast clear lakes, intricately splintered by islands, isthmuses and green spits.