2 days in Tampere


Greetings from Tampere,

It takes only 1,5 hours by train from Helsinki to Tampere. I have been to the city couple times, but it’s been a while since my last visit. And this time the city really charmed me. If you have time, let me tell you more about our visit.

On our fist day we had a guided tour in the new Moomin museum – and what a magical place it was! The white, hippo-like Moomins are Finnish literature characters created by the much‐loved Swedish‐speaking Finn, writer and artist Tove Jansson in the 1940’s.  After the initial success of the comic strips and books, Moomins grew into a world-wide phenomenon through puppet animations and Japanese-style cartoons. The author Tove Jansson had such an interesting life and I was excited to see some of her sketches and hear the stories behind her books. As a kid I remember watching the show from tv, but I have never read any of her books. After the tour I decided to get a copy immediately.

After the museum we hopped in a car and visited the Pyynikki observation tower, since they have perhaps the best view over the city and for sure the best doughnuts in the city 😉 We continued to explore the beautiful wooden houses in Pispala. This unique architectural area of well preserved small wooden houses rests on the slope of an ancient glacial ridge just 2.5 kilometres outside of Tampere. Once a low-cost living quarters for factory workers and artists, it is now a high-end residential area.

After strolling around in Pispala we continued to Tallipiha, a cute and historical area with little shops and cafes. We also popped into the Finlayson store and wandered the beautiful painted streets. After walking around we ended up in Tapas Bar Inez for an evening snack.

The next morning we had a big breakfast at our hotel. We stayed in Torni Hotelli right next to the train station. The location was perfect and they have a cool sky bar on the top floor, with a great view over Tampere.

We headed to Särkänniemi amusement park around noon and ended up staying two hours there. Even if you are not interested in the rides the atmosphere of the place just makes you happy. We walked back to the centre, popped into some shops and had a delicious mushroom waffle in Vohvelikahvila, a cute Waffle Cafe in the centre.

Next time, would love to visit Tampere during December with all the christmas lights and markets, I am sure that would be magical.