Top choice in Tampere

This promontory-set amusement park complex offers dozens of rides, an observation tower, art gallery, aquarium, farm zoo and planetarium. A one-day pass gives you access to them all. Among the best rides are the Tornado roller coaster, super-fast High Voltage, speedboat rides on the lake and an Angry Birds area for younger kids. Opening times are complex; check the website. Indoor attractions stay open year-round. Take bus 20 (€3) from the train station or central square.

The aquarium is mediocre, the Finnish fish are more interesting than the hobby-tank favourites. The planetarium is in the same complex, above which soars the 168m Näsinneula Observation Tower, the tallest in these northern lands. It commands spectacular city and lake views and has a revolving restaurant. Sara Hildénin Taidemuseo has a collection of international and Finnish modern art and sculpture, and also hosts travelling exhibitions.

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1. Näsinneula Observation Tower

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The 168m-high Näsinneula Observation Tower is in the Särkänniemi amusement park. This is the tallest such tower in these northern lands and that alone…

2. Särkänniemi Aquarium

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The aquarium inside the Särkänniemi amusement park has limited information in English and isn’t especially memorable, with the Finnish fish (including…

3. Sara Hildénin Taidemuseo

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Located in the Särkänniemi amusement park, this museum showcases a collection of international and Finnish modern art and sculpture amassed by Sara Hildén…

4. Finlaysonin Kirkko


The Finlaysonin Kirkko was built in 1879 as a place of worship for employees of the cotton mill and their families.

5. Amurin Työläismuseokortteli

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An entire block of wooden houses – including 32 apartments in five residential buildings, a bakery, a shoemaker, a public sauna, two general shops and a…

6. Vapriikki

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This bright, modern glass-and-steel exhibition space in the renovated Tampella textile mill hosts regularly changing exhibitions on anything from bicycles…

7. Finlayson Centre

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Tampere’s industrial era began with Scot James Finlayson, who established a cotton mill by the Tammerkoski in the 1820s. Later it grew massively and was…

8. Werstas

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This worthwhile labour museum has a variety of changing exhibitions covering social history and labour industries. The permanent exhibition consists of…