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With only 210,000 inhabitants, Tampere is a small city, however it is one of the largest in Finland. Its size means that it’s easy to cover the city centre on foot. Formerly a heavily industrialized city, it has since been regenerated and is now home to countless museums, cafes, and restaurants.
There are some rather unique museums in Tampere. The Lenin Museum has the only permanent Lenin exhibition in the world, and is situated in the Worker’s Hall of Tampere, where Lenin and Stalin met for the first time, in 1905. The Dolls & Costumes Museum has over 4,000 dolls, with some dating back to the 12th century. The founder decided to open the museum in 1966 after years of collecting dolls, Barbies, puppets, doll’s houses and china services. The Moominvalley Museum is another curious attraction, dedicated to the popular kid’s books by Trove Jansson.
The Finlaysonin Palatsi or ‘Little Palace’ is an ornate construction built in the Neo-Renaissance style. It is an impressive building despite some of its decorations having been damaged over time, and it is also home to the Alexanderin Palatsi restaurant.
For views over Tampere head to the Observation Tower, which is located in a forested area. Another main attraction is the Sarkanniemi Adventure Park, which gathers over 700,000 visitors each year. The park has an Aquarium, Planetarium, Children’s Zoo and Dolphinarium as well as many rides.