What we did in “Finland’s Manchester” Tampere

I often forget that you can travel and go sightseeing inside your own country. Of course there is a lot to see in Finland as well.

Thus this post about when we went to Tampere with a group of friends to have dinner and get to know the city. To our help we had Lisa, our personal tour guide and local from Tampere – a big thanks to her! 🙂

First off, three facts about Tampere

  • Founded officially 1779
  • Is called Finland’s Manchester, “Manse”, because it was Finland’s first and biggest industrial city
  • About 230 000 inhabitants

View of Tampere

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The view from Pyynikki observation tower.

We went to two places with a great view of Tampere. The Pyynikki observation tower and Moro Sky Bar.

If you are visiting Pyynikki observation tower be sure to stop for a doughnut, it is a tradition.

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View from Moro Sky Bar.

Pyynikki observation tower costs a couple of euros but Moro Sky Bar you can enter free of charge as it is part of Sokos Hotel. It is always fun to see a city from higher up!

Museums in Tampere

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We visited the Moomin Museum. A nice and big exhibition.

This really took me back to when I went to the Moomin exhibition in Seoul, but this exhibition in Tampere was much more enriching with many floors of things to look at. Sadly you could not take pictures inside.

There are of course many other museums and exhibitions as well. My friends went to a Marilyn Monroe exhibition in Vapriikki, but I regret to say that I did not have time to go. There is also a Lenin museum if Marilyn is not of your taste.

Where to eat in Tampere

We ate at a more traditional restaurant called Plevna and I had the best “hash” (Swedish: pyttipanna) of my life. But even the small portion was so filling!

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Plevna even offered a large variety of beers.

tampere friends brgrs

We also ate at Friends & Brgrs in Tampere and it was so good. I took the Brgr of the Month; halloumi Brgr!

A walk in Finland’s Manchester

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We also went to Pyynikin Käsityöläispanimo (brewery), you can read about it in a later blogpost!


Thanks for reading! 🙂

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