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There are so many great things in Tampere that it’s hard to choose just a few. There is always a lot to do and see here, but I especially enjoy the lake scenery. Lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi are beautiful in all seasons. I enjoy photography and the lakes are always photogenic.

When I lived elsewhere, I learned to appreciate Tampere and it’s region in a whole other way. For example getting from one place to another by public transportation, bicycle or on foot is effortless in Tampere.

My top things in Tamprere are

  1. City parks and lake views. The magnificent Hatanpää Arboretum and its rose garden are a perfect place to spend sunny summer days with friends. Pyykkimettän puisto park in Pispala is a must destination for those looking for beautiful scenery. You should also head to the rocks at beaches at sunset, for example in Rauhaniemi or Kaupinoja.
  2. Pyhäjärvi route. The 30-kilometer cycling route around lake Pyhäjärvi. It is a part of the Lake Trails and a great way to see the lake in different angles. Along the route you can enjoy the hidden gems of the region, like atmospheric summer cafes and beautiful swimming spots.
  3. Tampere summer terraces. The city has a great variety or stunning terraces! They are located on the rooftops, in the central square, in the street corners, marketplaces… Tampere is a real promised city of terraces. My favorites are the terraces of Dam Bar and Pyynikki Brewhouse, the restaurant ships in Laukontori and Kesäkeidas summer terrace in the central square.
  4. Outdoor activities. On summer days, it’s nice to do something relaxing, like paddling or playing mini golf. Paddling gives you a whole new perspective to the city the lake scenery is relaxing for the mind. My favorite place for minigolf is the Koulukatu minigolf course.
  5. Atmosphere in the hockey games! The audience in ​​the Nokia Arena creates a wonderful feeling to the new arena. The new arena hosts a lot of gigs, games, and other events. The venue is amazing and you can reach it easily with public transportation. It’s definitely worth the visit!