One of my favourite places visited on our tour of Southern Finland in the summer was by far the quietest and smallest of our three stops… however I was surprised to discover it is actually the most populous inland city of all the Nordic countries! We also found it to be surprisingly full of activities that we then struggled to fit into our short stay and I left with a sense of having discovered somewhat of a hidden gem destination of Europe.
Now I’m torn between recommending Tampere to everyone and wanting to feel part of a small group in the know who’ve also stumbled across this little wonder… but my generosity (or need to enthuse to anyone who’ll listen!) has ultimately won out. So if you’re heading to Finland and have the time, be sure to travel a little further afield than Helsinki, trust me it’s worth it when you see all of the things Tampere has to offer.