The largest inland city in Scandinavia, Tampere in Finland is wedged between two large bodies of water in a part of the country that is woven with rivers, ponds and lakes.
The fast-moving Tammerkoski rapids here were harnessed as a power source and brought about an industrial boom in the late-1800s.
So Tampere today is a city of historic warehouses and workers’ quarters, much of which has been turned into visitor attractions, restaurants and cultural centres.
Come here for exciting museums, a wonderful amusement park and Nordic landscapes of sparkling lakes and deep softwood forest.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Tampere:
1. Museum Vapriikki
Based in the spacious former engineering works of Tampella, a 20th-century heavy industry manufacturer, Vapriikki is several museums rolled into one.
Everyone should find something to catch their attention, whether it’s the Media Museum, Natural History Museum, the Mineral Museum, Postal Museum or the Doll Museum.
The complex is humungous, taking up around 14,000 square metres so there’s also loads of room for temporary exhibition at Vapriikki.
See what’s on when you’re in the town: China’s terracotta warriors and Egyptian mummies have shown up in recent years.