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Tampere is a popular and very scenic city set between two lakes in southern Finland. It’s a popular weekend break destination for British tourists as it now has a good selection of budget flights available. It’s a city made up of red brick fabric mills that contrast sharply with the grassy banks of the Tammerkoski. Amidst the scenery you’ll find an intriguing mix of regenerated industrial buildings that house a colourful selection of shops, pubs, cafes and interesting museums that are sure to make your trip to Tampere a memorable one. Whether your visit is for pleasure or business you’ll find that Car Rentals Network have an ideal selection of vehicles to suit your needs.
 

Tampere - The Facts

 

  • Tampere was the home of Finland’s first Paper Mill and Paper machine

  • Tampere is the largest inland city in all of the Nordic countries

  • Tampere is located on a small strip of land between two lakes: Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi

  • Tampere is often regarded as the most desirable place to live and study among Finns

  • Tampere city has a population of almost 220,000 and a little more than 360,000 in the metropolitan area

 

Tampere - A short Guide

 

Tampere is home to some 200,00 people and as such is the most populated inland city of any of the Nordic countries. The city is beautiful, home to intriguing architecture and filled with large glistening lakes, linked by rapids - that incidentally are a source of hydroelectric power for the city. The downtown district is the oldest part of the city, and the most popular tourist destination in the Tampere, with its busy main street, Hämeenkatu running through the Keskustori main square, which is lined with shops, restaurants and bars - many of which are set in historic buildings that date back to the 19th century. The Tammerkoski rapids flow through the downtown district too, running between red brick factory buildings that lend the district a distinctive charm. The city is made up of a further 4 areas of interest: Pyynikki which is an area of natural beauty with parks and nature trails as well as an upscale residential area not too far away from the downtown district, Pispala which is home to Finland’s oldest and still active public sauna, Hervanta which approximately 10km away from the city centre and home to the University of Technology and lots of technology companies and finally, Nekala which is perhaps the least desirable part of the city but home to intriguing wooden houses.

 

There are a handful of interesting museums in Tampere including the Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing which is a series of 19th century wooden houses that have been turned into an open air museum, The Lenin Museum, which as one would expect is dedicated to Lenin and housed in a building owned by the Workers Association of Tampere, the Tampere Art Museum which has changing Finnish and foreign art and the Spy Museum which as well as exhibiting real equipment such as spy cameras and secret weapons (some of which you can try) also claims to have been the first spy museum in the world. There are some beautiful churches and cathedrals in Tampere too, the most interesting of which is the Tampere Cathedral (Tampereen tuomiokirkko), built between 1902 and 1907 and built in the National Romantic style. It’s famous for its frescoes that were painted by Hugo Simberg and the altar-piece which represents the future resurrection of people of all races and is framed below a large stained glass window.

 

When you get peckish and fancy a bite to eat, then head to one of Tampere’s eateries to experience some traditional Finnish fare, such as Tampere’s very own Black Sausage (mustamakkara) which is made of blood and barley - the best way to try it is to head to the food stalls at Tammelantori or Laukontori markets which serve the specialty sausage with lingonberry jam, milk and sometimes a donut. Elsewhere you can easily sample Indian, Italian and American cuisines and if you feel like indulging in some slightly pricier local fare, then head to the Masuuni restaurant at the bottom of the Hotel Ilves or if you’d like to sample something a little different, then try the surprisingly tasty French-Scandinavian fusion cuisine offered up by Hella ja Huone on Salhojankatu. If you’re in the city over Winter - then you should take a stroll after dinner to admire the annual winter illuminations that are lit from the 28th October and are said to be some of the prettiest in Finland.

 

If you feel like getting out of the city, then you’ll find plenty of interesting places quite close by - all quite easy to drive to. Just 25 minutes from the city, you can drive to Salmetaka for the Sappee Ski Centre which is free, or closer still there is the Ollian Farm which offers horse riding sessions and other animal attractions and is just 9 miles away. Traversing the city is easiest by car, especially if you decide to head out to see some of the sites outside of the city. We have a wide range of cars available to hire in Tampere from all of the top rental companies in Finland - browse our selection by searching right here on our website and select the best deal for your trip.


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