Besides Finlandia 2017 exhibition Tampere is worth visiting widely. The city provides a lot of sights and culture.
Basic information about Tampere
Sights and Activities
Tampere city center is compact: all major tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops are within a convenient walking distance.
The main tourist attractions in the city are the historical cityscapes along Tammerkoski rapids and Keskustori (Central Square), Finlayson and Tampella industrial heritage areas and Särkänniemi Amusement Park that also features the landmark Näsinneula tower, topped by a revolving restaurant (left in the picture below).
Other sites of interest include the historical Pispala and Pyynikki districts, Tampere Market Hall and the open-air markets Tammelantori and Laukontori, Tampere Cathedral with its iconic artwork by the symbolist painter Hugo Simberg and the Medieval Messukylä Church. Among the most scenic places in Tampere are Pyynikki nature conservation and recreation area, Pyynikki Observation Tower and Hatanpää Arboretum. Also worth a visit is the new Hotel Torni Tampere with its sky bar.
Tampere is home to many museums, including Tampere Art Museum, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Lenin Museum, Police Museum, Spy Museum, Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and the excellent Vapriikki Museum Centre with its various exhibitions.
Thanks to its location in the midst of a lake labyrinth (around 200 lakes within the city limits!); water is a quintessential element of Tampere. The great lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi dominate the cityscape along with the ridge formations on the isthmus separating the two lakes. Viikinsaari Island, the local summer getaway, is just a short ferry ride from the city center, and ferry cruises to Hämeenlinna and the small towns north of Tampere are a popular summer activity.