The nature is close everywhere you turn your head in Tampere. The location between two big lakes brings the water element to the city, which is highlighted by the green areas even right in the middle of the city.
Koskipuisto is a park stretching from the shopping centre Koskikeskus all the way to the front of the main fire station. In the summertime, especially the grass area from the Hämeensilta bridge towards the cascading part of the Tammerkoski rapids is busy with people enjoying a picnic, the warm day, the view to the rapids and the summer feeling. There’s also a big playground nearby to keep the smallest ones of the family happy and busy on the swings, slides and spider nets.
Hämeenpuisto is the city’s own boulevard, where there are many events going on in the summertime and in the middle of the park, next to the main library, you can enjoy some ice cream or refreshing drinks too. Hämeenpuisto stretches from Eteläpuisto park on the shore of Pyhäjärvi lake to Näsinpuisto park close to Näsijärvi lake. Eteläpuisto is a more quiet park, although in the summer you might find yourself in the middle of a big festival there as it also serves as a venue for many events. The other end of Hämeenpuisto, Näsinpuisto, is more to the liking of families with kids as there is a fairytale-like playground there, based on a popular children’s book TheTumpkin’s story tree by author Kirsi Kunnas. Here, you can sit on a giant armchair and watch the clear blue sky. There’s room for more grown-up visitors as well in Näsinpuisto, with space for a picnic blanket and a bottle of bubbly.
Next to the Tampere Hall you’ll find Sorsapuisto park, where in the summer you can also meet the birds which have been brought into the park every summer for the last 70 years to bring joy to the children and adults alike. A big playground was also recently built in the park to keep the kids active and pleased for hours – that is if walking around the park enjoying the water, the atmosphere and the birds isn’t enough. Inside the Tampere Hall you can find the beloved Moomins, and outside in the park you can see some sculptures by Viktor Jansson, the father of the Moomins’ creator Tove Jansson.
Hatanpää arboretum is truly of Tampere’s absolute gems. Located in the area of the Hatanpää mansion, this naturally beautiful and vast park area on the shore of the lake Pyhäjärvi is the favourite place for many joggers, relaxers, locals and visitors. Behind the mansion there’s also an exquisite rose garden, that wil be in full bloom later in the summer, around July and August. The summer café Arboretum is a nice place for a small snack or a drink.
Another absolute gem in Tampere is of course the mighty Pyynikki area. Pyynikki is a place for athletes, sunbathers, swimmers, sweet teeth, culture lovers, visitors and locals alike as the area is home to forest, trails, beach, the greatest doughnuts in the world, summer theatre and the legendary Pyynikki observation tower. And a hotel. And an outdoor activity park. Well, something for everyone! The main attraction of the area though are the lovely views and landscapes that this world’s highest gravel ridge has to offer, over the blue lakes and the green forests.