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Särkänniemen Huvikeskus

Särkänniemen Huvikeskus Review

A 1½-km (1-mi) walk west, then north from the heart of Tampere brings you to the Särkänniemi Recreation Center, a major recreation complex for both children and adults. Its many attractions include an amusement park, a children's zoo, a planetarium, and a well-planned aquarium with a separate dolphinarium. Within Särkänniemi, the Sara Hildénin Taidemuseo (Sara Hildén Art Museum) is a striking example of Finnish architecture, with the works of modern Finnish and international artists, including Giacometti, Klee, Miró, and Picasso. Särkänniemi's profile is punctuated by the 550-foot Näsinneulan Näkötorni (Näsinneula Observatory Tower), Finland's tallest observation tower and the dominant feature of the Tampere skyline. The top of the tower holds an observatory and a revolving restaurant. The views are magnificent, commanding the lake, forest, and town—the contrast between the industrial maze of Tampere at your feet and the serenity of the lakes stretching out to meet the horizon is unforgettable.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Särkänniemi, Tampere, 33230
  • Phone: 03/248–8111; 020/714–3500 museum
  • Cost: €8 for observation tower and museum; €6 for admission to either one ride, the aquarium, planetarium or dolphinarium; 1-day Särkänniemi Adventure Key (pass to all sights and rides in park) €30, 2-day €40
  • Hours: Summer hrs: Museum daily noon–7; children's zoo, adventure park, rides, and aquarium noon–9; planetarium every 30 mins 12:15–8:15; tower noon–11:30; check Web site or call for other hrs.
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  • Location: Tampere

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