- 10 Jan 2013 11:30 AM
Thanks to the new city planning, former industrial areas such as Finlayson and Tampella are alive again: cafés, restaurants, shops, cinemas, museums and galleries have found locations there.
There is a lot to see in Tampere: original Finnish architecture, breathtaking lake sceneries, magnificent glacial ridges, beautiful parks and lush forests next to the city centre.
Eat, Party & Shop
It’s well worth trying the seasonal dishes in Tampere, too. Tastes are as a rule gentle, rich in aroma and full. Recipes are often prepared from ingredients obtained from the wilds. Lake fish, crayfish, elk, reindeer, mushrooms and berries are great delicacies. Tampere’s restaurants present variety and choice.
The indoor market hall, built in 1901, is a true Tampere experience that shouldn’t be overlooked. Sizeable shopping centres offering global brands are naturally a facet of any modern city while the arts and crafts shops offer something unique. Don’t forget to take some real Finnish design back home! And if you arrive to Tampere by train and need flowers, you can get them from a vending machine at the Railway station or for example from the Stockmann department store nearby.
The city’s hundreds of pubs, bars, discos and dance restaurants draw the crowds when the shops are done.
Culture & Events
Music, theatre, film and dance are celebrated each year in a variety of festivals arranged by enthusiasts of salsa and flamenco, jazz, metal rock and folkdance. Check out what’s on – these aren’t to be missed! The week programme will also give you ideas for every day of the week.
One of the big Nordic symphony orchestras, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, practises, performs and records its works at Tampere Hall. Operas and the high-standard music staged at Tampere Hall provide magnificent cultural experiences for many tastes. Tampere Hall is the most important concert venue in town. It houses also hundreds of other concerts every year, ranging from popular to classic music.
Team spirit on the playing fields - in Tampere, ice hockey is The Sport - and in the stands, exciting mass events and lots of other wonderful events you can enjoy in Tampere throughout the year. Here is the cream of the crop.
Tampere Airport is situated 18 Km from Tampere city. There is a bus connection to the city centre, operated by Tokee; the journey time is 25 minutes and a ticket costs €6.00. Arriving passengers can buy their bus tickets to Tampere city centre from the airport information desk. Departing Passengers pay their bus tickets when bus is arriving to airport.
Ryanair offer regular flights from Budapest to Tampere,
click here for more information about their low-cost fares.