Tampere Travel Guide

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Laukontori harbor

Laukontori harbor

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Tampere is the largest inland city of the Nordic countries with a population of over 200 000. The city was founded in 1779 on the banks of the Tammerkoski Rapids (one of Finland´s official national scenic areas) and it evolved into the most highly industrialized locality in Finland during the 19th century. You can still see the Tampella-Finlayson factory area of the 19th century, also pictured in the new Finnish 20-mark bill. Thes old industrial areas have been vitalized and are now full of life and activities. You will find many small restaurants, sport and fitness centres, the Vapriikki museum centre and the Central Museum of Labour.

Tampere is also a university city. There are two universities and numerous other institutions of education. Tampere is an important centre of Southern Finland when it comes to employment and education. It is also an outstanding centre for Finnish cultural life with its theatres and events focusing on music, literature, arts and architecture.

Sights include the Central Square, the Pyynikki Ridge, Pispala, the Cathedral, many examples of Pietiläs' Architecture, the Pyynikki Observation Tower and the Näsinneula Observation Tower.

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