Tampere is located on the edge of Lakeland area of Finland, some 200 kilometers North of Helsinki. The worker's city Tampere grew into an important industrial town in the 19th Century. The city is nicknamed as Mansesteri, originating from its resemblance to Manchester in England, with its tall factory pipes ruling the landscape.
The red brick buildings and the old factories are still an essential part of the city center, but the factories are converted into exhibition venues and cinemas, restaurants, cafes and museums, creating a new image for the city.
Where to stay in Tampere
The city center is located between the pictures 1,10 and 11. That's the area where you will find the best selection restaurants and bars, as well as the key places to visit. The city center is small, so you don’t have to think about public transportation if you stay in the center.
How to get there
From Helsinki-Vantaa airport:
By train: You have to take a local train from Helsinki airport to Tikkurila station and change trains there. You can buy the ticket already from VR automate in Helsinki-Vantaa airport, next to the train station between T1 and T2. The journey takes 1,5-2,5 hours, depending of the train type and costs around 15-21 euros. You can book the tickets already in advance in vr.fi.
There are direct coaches from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Tampere bus station. The coach picks up passengers from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The prices change according to the demand. You can check the prices and book in advance in: matkahuolto.fi.
From Tampere-Pirkkala airport:
The bus number 1A runs between the airport and railway station. You can buy the ticket directly from the driver. The ticket price is around 3 euros. You can use the Tampere journey planner to check the timetables. The journey time is 40 minutes. Alternatively, after Ryanair flights, there is a Ryanair coach leaving after each Ryanair arrival. The journey time of the bus is 30 minutes and the ticket costs 6 euros. Timetables you find from: tokee.fi.
Things to do in Tampere
Lake Pyhäjärvi is surrounding Tampere from North And South. A fun way to spend a day in Tampere is to take a lake cruise to one of the various destinations near Tampere, such as the summer island Viikinsaari, that is located only 20 minutes from central Tampere, or take a longer cruise all the way to Hämeenlinna, famous for the medieval Häme Castle. You can choose between a modern cruise boat and a nostalgic steam ship. The cruises depart from Laukontori in central Tampere.
Cruise Line Hopealinja
Theme park Särkänniemi is located just outside the city center. There is also an aquarium, a planetarium and a 134,5 meter high observation tower, which is the tallest building of Finland,. The theme park is a big rival to Linnanmäki theme park Helsinki. Särkänniemi offers plenty of furious rides even the biggest thrill seekers. The main attraction is roller coaster Hype, going up to 100 km/h and 45 meter high.
How to get: Buses 3A, 3B, 28B, 29, 37 go to Särkänniemi from the Railway station (Rautatieasema).
The museum cluster Vapriikki is working in the premises of an old workshop in Tampella neighborhood in central Tampere. A theme that unifies the museums in Vapriikki is naturally Tampere and Pirkamaa, which is the region around Tampere. With a single entrance ticket you get an access to Postal Museum, Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, Dolls museum, Games museum, Media museum and Mineral museum. There are lots of interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions. Vapriikki is very good value for money!
Address: Alaverstaanraitti 5
How to get: The museum is located in the central Tampere and walking is probably the easiest way. Otherwise please check the Tampere journey planner.
The building is designed in national romantic style by Lars Sonck between 1902-1907. The cathedral is famous for the frescos painted by famous Finnish painter Hugo Simberg.
How to get: The museum is located in the central Tampere and walking is probably the easiest way. Closest buses 32, 37 and 24.
Pyynikki hill and Pyynikki Observation Tower
The beautiful Pyynikki hill is located approximately 2 kilometers to West from the railway station. The views from the top of the hill are stunning, overlooking the city to Lake Pyhäjärvi. There is a sand beach at the lake in the area. Pyynikki Observation Tower is the tallest spot of Pyynikki, offering great views around Tampere. You can stop for a cup of coffee and snack at the café of the observation deck.
Address: Näkötornintie 67
How to get: Bus nr. 15 from the central railway station goes closest to the observation tower, stop at Pyynikinharju.
There is one food that originates from Tampere and the locals take it with great pride. Mustamakkara, translated as Black Sausage, is blood sausage, served traditionally eaten with lingonberry jam. You will find it in all market squares in Tampere and from the Market Hall.
Prices in Tampere
The prices of restaurant and hotels services in Finland are above the average level in the European Union. The hotel prices in Tampere are steady throughout the year.
Below, there are some examples of restaurant and hotel prices in Tampere. Costs of hotel rooms are median prices at Booking.com.
Pizza in restaurant
Steak in restaurant
33 cl beer in restaurant
Hotel room, 3-4* (April)
Hotel room, 3-4* (July)
Weather in Tampere
Winter: The winter months are cold in Tampere. The temperature in December goes on both sides of 0°C. December is often slushy and rainy. January
and February are drier months and the snow falls are more frequent. There is often a permanent snow on the ground, though not guaranteed. The temperature tends to be below 0°C but the temperature can drop even to -20°C and below, so it's better to observe the weather forecast.
Spring: March can still be snowy and temperatures are close to 0°C. In April, the sunshine is more frequent and the snow starts to melt, as the temperature rises constantly. May is still mild with daily high temperatures being around 10-15 degrees.
Summer: June, July and August are the sunniest and warmest months in Tampere and ideal time for a visit. July and August are warmer in average than June. The daily high temperature is at 20°C and over. During the hottest days, the temperature goes even up to 30°C, however, the weather is very volatile and the temperature can be as well around 10°C.
Autumn: The rains are frequent in September and the daily temperature drops back to 10-15 degrees. In October, the temperature can already go to 0°C and there might even occasional snowfalls. November alike October is part of the slush season when it rains a lot and occasional snow falls are possible. The temperature is close to 0°C during the day time.