Tampere Landmarks and Monuments
(Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Western Finland, Finland)
More of a needle in appearance than an actual tower, the Tampere Näsinneula has become a famous landmark throughout Scandinavia, where it is amongst the tallest of all the Nordic observation towers and a monument to the present day. The Central Square (Keskustori) is where it all happens in Tampere and is surrounded by more historical landmarks, such as the Town Hall (Raatihuone).
The Tampereen Tuomiokirkko (cathedral) has been one of the city's most loved landmarks for many years, since it was completed in 1907, and is currently the seat of the Tampere Diocese. Other notable churches include both the Kalevan Kirkko on the Liisanpuisto, and the Ortodoksinen Kirkko on the Suvantokatu.
City Library (Metso)
Address: Pirkankatu 2, Tampere, FI-33101, Finland, FI
Tel: +358 03 314 614
An eye-catching landmark in the city centre containing more than 1.5 million books, maps and important documents, Tampere City Library (Mesto) enjoys literally thousands of visitors each day. The lower floor is home to the city's Mineral Museum (Mivimuseo), while upstairs you will find the library itself, along with a popular coffee shop and visiting exhibitions.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 20:00, Saturday - 09:30 to 15:00
Tampere Cathedral (Tampereen Tuomiokirkko)
Address: Tuomiokirkonkatu 3, Tampere, FI-33100, Finland, FI
Tel: +358 03 219 0265
The bright red tiles on the roof of the city's cathedral (Tuomiokirkko) contrast against the most subtle stone facade and result in a definite understated elegance. Inside the cathedral, the famous frescoes have long been the main attraction and their images are deemed controversial and daring.
Open hours: daily, September to April - 11:00 to 15:00; May to August - 09:00 to 18:00
Admission: free, donations suggested
Address: Näsinpuisto, Tampere, FI-33210, Finland, FI
The beautiful Baroque-style palace was built at the end of the 19th century and shortly afterwards was purchased by the city itself. Today, Tampere city proudly uses the Näsilinna Palace for various grand exhibitions and events. The palace is surrounded by the Näsinpuisto Park, where you can enjoy some impressive views from the clifftops.
Open hours: hours vary
Messukylän Kirkko (Messukylä Church)
Address: Kivikirkontie 2, Tampere, FI-33700, Finland, FI
Tel: +358 03 363 0098
One of Tampere's oldest structures, the Messukylä Church has its origins in the early 1500s and after a long period of neglect, this important building has recently been meticulously restored. Inside you are able to fully appreciate the structure and the craftsmanship from this period, and some of the original decor still remains intact.
Open hours: seasonal variations
Address: Särkänniemi, Tampere, FI-33230, Finland, FI
Tel: +358 03 248 8111
Currently Finland's highest free-standing structure and part of the popular Särkänniemi Adventure Park, the Näsinneula Tower is almost 170 metres / 558 feet high and the top floor can be reached in less than 30 seconds by a speedy elevator, or considerably longer if you use the 700 steps. A panoramic restaurant is located high up, offering breathtaking vantage points, while the Särkänniemen Planetaario (planetarium) can also be found here and is a firm favourite with those who love to star gaze.
Open hours: daily
Central Square (Keskustori) / Palanderin Talo
Address: Keskustori 7, Tampere, FI-33210, Finland, FI
Tampere's Central Square (Keskustori) is truly the hub of the city and is a great place to meet, eat, sightsee and shop. Daily markets are a regular sight around the Central Square, along with seasonal festivals and outdoor concerts. Presiding over the southern side of the square is the Palanderin Talo, a magnificent building with ornate architecture, built in the early 1900s.
Open hours: daily
Pyynikki Observation Tower (Pyynikin Näkötorni)
Address: Näkötornintie, Tampere, FI-33230, Finland, FI
Tel: +358 03 212 3247
For the best panoramic views across the Tampere skyline, head west to the Pyynikki Observation Tower, which stands atop the highest gravel ridge in existence. Observation towers have stood on this spot for many hundreds of years, although the current granite landmark dates from the late 1920s. Although the Pyynikki Observation Tower is only slightly more than 25 metres / 82 feet in height, its elevated setting upon this ridge ensures that the vistas are simply awesome.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 20:00
Town Hall (Raatihuone)
Address: Keskustori, Tampere, FI-33100, Finland, FI
Tel: +358 03 212 2393
Located in the very heart of Tampere and dating back as far as 1890, when it was completed, the current Town Hall actually replaced an already existing wooden hall. Better known by the local Fins as the Raatihuone, over the years the Town Hall has played an important part in many of the city's most significant political events and is when the annual Independence Day parade finishes each year, on 6th December.
Open hours: daily