My home town Tampere has some fantastic photography spots for anyone who wants to take beautiful photos for social media or for their home album. Here is my list of 8 top photography spots:
Take a bus to “Tampere’s future riviera” Hiedanranta. It’s an old factory area where the old red-brick buildings are covered with amazing graffiti art. This spot is incredibly instagrammable and great for OOFT photos (outfits of the day). Check out the Lielahti mansion and eatable garden too!
Laukontori and Kehräsaari
Laukontori is one of the two traditional market squares in Tampere. Having a cup of coffee at the square is a summer tradition of dad and me, but this spot is great for photos too. Next to the market, you will find a graffiti wall showcasing the history of Tampere. Not far from Laukontori you can find the Kehräsaari area with an iconic chicken wing restaurant Hook, an independent movie theatre Niagara, a relaxed cafe, arts and crafts shops and a steakhouse. Even on a bright sunny day, the brick buildings offer enough shade for great photos.
Finlayson factory area
Tampere is known for its red-tile buildings and industrial history. The heart of the “old” city is no doubt the Finlayson factory area which is one of my favourite spots for photograps. If you travel here during the summer, check out the Finlayson Art event (it’s free to enter). Then the concrete ground gets painted with rainbow colours and the factory buildings house cool artwork from various artists.
Extra tip! Find your way to a rooftop cafe Katto and get a free picture of the Tampere skyline.
Next to the Finlayson factory area, you can find Tallipiha, stable yards. Finlayson factory owner Wilhelm von Nottbeck built Tallipiha for his horses and the people that took care of the horses. You can still find the homes of the driver, the guard, the stable master and the stable man – however, nowadays the homes have craft and souvenir shops, a cafe and Finland’s cutest chocolate shop. Autumn and Christmas are the best times for photos. With candles, lanterns and fairy lights, the area looks like a magical wonderland.
Näsinpuisto and Milavida
The most beautiful park is located right next to the Tallipiha, Näsinpuisto. Old oak and birch trees, secret pathways and Milavida palace are great spots for photos. Note that it costs to take photos inside the palace. A couple of years ago we went there to take wedding photos of my sister, and it ended up costing us 35 euros.
Näsinpuisto is a beautiful park but so is Arboretum. It’s like a botanical garden with hundreds of tree and plant species. The park is best for photos at the end of July/ beginning of August when the roses are blooming.
Moro Sky bar
What are the best spots to capture Tampere’s skyline? My recommendations are the Pyynikki observation tower (it has the world’s best doughnuts), Periscope restaurant, Cafe Katto and Moro Sky bar. I recommend the sky bar at sunset even though that’s the peak time and it can get very crowded.
Last but not least is the iconic Pispala. Pispala is an area that was originally built by poor factory workers. The area basically had no proper housing plan, so the buildings are “wild” with weird shapes and different colours. A perfect place for house spotting! Also many well-known artists, musicians and writers have lived in the area, leaving a special hippie, anarchistic, bohemian vibe in the urban village. Pispala is located on the slope of Pispalanharju, which is the highest esker in Finland – and thanks to this, you can get great photos of the landscape as well.
Also, try out Cafe Pispala’s American-style brunch.
What other spots for photographs would you recommend?