Tampere, the third largest city in Finland, is located in the southern part of Finland and has grown up around the two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, and their connecting, fast rapids known as Tammerkoski,the height difference between the two lakes is 18 meters. The waters of Lake Näsijärvi burst through the narrow strip of land separating the lakes 6,000 years ago thus connecting the waters of the lake to those of Lake Pyhäjärvi. In 1779 King Gustav III founded the city of Tampere on the banks of the Tammerkoski.
The Pyhäjärvi ridge which rises 85m above the surface of the lake is considered to be the highest glacial esker in the world. The best place to view the ridge and the lakes is from the Pyhäjärvi Observation Tower which was built in 1929, on top of the ridge. Näsijärvi is the biggest lake in the Tampere region.There are a further 200 lakes and ponds in Tampere.
Near to the Lake Pyhäjärvi you will find the Hatanpãã Manor House and Arboretum which during the summer is filled with glorious scents from the rose garden.
Särkänniemi. Särkänniemi is a 25-acre amusement park in Tampere, Finland, where it is easy to spend a full day, or even two, as there is so much to see and do from young children to teens and grown-ups as well. The park features an aquarium, a planetarium, a children’s zoo, an art museum, an observation tower (Näsinneula), an amusement park and the world’s northernmost dolphinarium.
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