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Tampere is my hometown and I love it. I’ve travelled a lot and also worked as a travel guide, but Tampere always has a special place in my heart. Whenever I return from abroad, I head to Pyynikki nature reserve or by the lakes to charge my batteries and enjoy the fresh air and views.

I think Tampere is just the right size. You can walk everywhere in the city center, and if you want to go further it’s also quick for example with a cycle or a tram. There is also something to do here for every season of the year and that is a big part of the city’s charm.

These are my top 5 places in Tampere

  1. The trails of Pyynikki nature reserve. Pyynikki is so beautiful in all seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter. I always take my guests here. Sometimes we might end up to the observation tower for their famous doughnuts.
  2. Eliander swimming beach. The beach is cozy and located in a peaceful place. I love sitting on the rocks and enjoying the scenery. In the summertime I bring my swimsuit and towel and head for a swim. The beach is also great for a picnic.
  3. Japanese restaurant Natsu in the Market Hall. Natsu is currently my favorite restaurant. Their Japanese delicacies are the best! I usually order Teryaki salmon. The old Market Hall itself is also an attraction!
  4. Tallipihan Suklaapuoti chocolate shop. This is a must-see place while visiting Tampere. It’s located in Stable Yards, one of the most charming old milieus in Tampere. The chocolate shop has a wide selection of different chocolate treats but they also sell other sweets. There’s definitely something for all tastes.
  5. Laukontori marketplace in summertime. Laukontori is full of life in the summer. I often head there for lunch or a good cup of coffee. Sitting in the sunny marketplace and enjoying the atmosphere is one of my favorite things to do. From Laukontori you can also hop on a boat and head to Viikinsaari island, the beautiful summer oasis of Tampere.