Tampere is Finland´s favourite congress city, an excellent tourist destination and a pleasant place to live for its 200,000 inhabitants. Tampere is primarily known for information and health care technology, science and research centres and universities.
A visit in Tampere is full of pleasant surprises: The welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of a university town, good hotels, lots of restaurants, successful shopping, family fun at Särkänniemi Adventure Park and walking tours in the beautiful milieu by the rapids in the city centre between two large lakes. Warmly recommended to those who are young, or young at heart, families with children, and culture enthusiasts.
If you are interested in history, the industrial heritage site in the city centre, especially on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids, and the approximately 30 museums provide the perfect way to spend your time in Tampere. E.g. Vapriikki Museum Centre in a former factory workshop, or the Stable Yards, now taken over by craftsmen’s shops, depict the history of the city in a fascinating way. The Tammerkoski rapids running through the city centre, banked by old red brick factory buildings, are one of Finland’s national heritage sceneries.
Lakes and nature
Tampere is one of the major cities in Finland and the biggest city in The Thousand Lakes area. Yet it has managed to retain the small town feel: situating on a neck of land between two large lakes, the compact city centre has everything within walking distance. Nature is literally within your reach, you can catch a trout from the Tammerkoski rapids right by the main street or hike along a nature trail on the Pyynikinharju ridge, with fascinating views to both lakes. The Tampere area has hundreds of lakes where you can take a boat trip to suit your schedule, from a 20 minutes’ trip to a nearby recreation island to full-day cruises. Or would your rather go fishing, rowing, hiking, skiing, snow shoe walking…?
Tampere for Congresses and Meetings
First class professional congress organising companies work closely with local hotels, restaurants and programme organisers to guarantee the success of your event. Tampere is not known as a major Finnish congress city for nothing!
City of Culture
International annual festivals and other events as well as a wide selection of music and theatre enrich life in the city throughout the year. Summertime festivals include the Floral Weeks July-August when the city centre is literally blooming with beautiful flower decorations. In Tampere you find good examples of modern Finnish architecture, e.g. the Main Library, Kaleva church, Tampere Hall concert and congress centre, but the absolute must is the Cathedral, built in 1902-1907 to be a fascinating example of Finnish craftsmanship.
The Särkänniemi Adventure Park, located in a magnificent setting by the lake, offers plenty of action and adventure in space and at sea for explorers of all ages, with its amusement rides, dolphinarium, aquarium, planetarium, observation tower and children’s zoo. Other delightful places to visit include the lovely Moominvalley Museum, the colourful Mineral Museum, the charming Museum of Dolls and Costumes, the exciting Spy Museum and the Ice Hockey Museum at Vapriikki, where you can also try your scoring skills.
The industrial heritage is close to you in many different forms Fishing in the Tammerkoski rapids in the city centre Lunch or dinner in the observation tower restaurant, above the ordinary Cruises on the lakes