Rain will never ruin your holiday in Tampere, so step right out of that hotel room! Although the industrial heritage views in Tampere are spectacular, there are loads of things to do indoors as well. Let’s take Museum Centre Vapriikki, for instance. It’s located inside an old red brick factory building right by the rapids of Tammerkoski.
Vapriikki has lots to explore for the whole family. It is home to the Natural History Museum of Tampere, the Media Museum Rupriikki, the Mineral Museum, the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, the Doll Museum, Postal Museum and The Finnish Museum of Games, as well as boasting several changing exhibitions. The Museum Restaurant Valssi offers buffet lunch from Monday to Friday and if you aren’t quite that hungry grab a sandwich or a Karelian pie from the café. And don’t forget to get souvenirs from the Museum Shop. If none of these interest you much and you are more into excitement, check out either the Spy Museum in Siperia commercial hall on the other side of the river, or the Police Museum in Hervanta.
Why break a sweat in the changing rooms on a sunny day when you can use the rainy days for shopping? Especially when in Lempäälä, just outside Tampere, there’s a whole shopping city, Ideapark, waiting for you. Dry shoes guaranteed! (Unless you take the quick bus from the city centre and get wet on the few meters from the bus stop to inside the mall.) Ideapark is even better if you are traveling with kids. Besides shops, in Ideapark there’s Children’s Culture Centre Piipoo and starting from spring 2018, there’s also been a brand new Zones by Särkänniemi indoor activity and amusement park to enjoy. In Ti-Ti Bear’s Home the children get to play and interact with the Bear family. When hunger strikes there are plenty of restaurants, cafés and bakeries to choose from.
Or if you really really want to get wet, then swimming is the obvious choice. Tampere has multiple choices to do this indoors and we recommend you test the one closest to the centre, and newly renovated, Pyynikki Swimming Hall. It’s one of Finland’s very first swimming halls, opened for public in 1956.
Tampere is worth touring by foot even when it’s raining, so there’s also the possibility you dress accordingly, grab a brolly and climb up the Näsinkallio rock to check out the view to the lake and to the tiny Siilinkari Light House. We are certain you’ll love the rainy atmosphere of our city.
After you get tired of walking, hop on one of the city buses for a cheap city tour. The Traveler Ticket doesn’t cost too much and you can drive around as much as you like for 24 hours. In between buses we recommend you do like the locals do and step in to the hundred-years-old Tampere Market Hall (Kauppahalli), next to the Central Square (where all the buses stop), to re-charge with coffee and a fresh cinnamon bun from one of the great tiny cafés.