Situated between lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, Tampere has grown thanks in part to the differing water levels of the lakes (18 meters) and the channel that links them—the Tammerkoski Rapids. There are at least a dozen museums here, and it is recognized as the center for theatrical arts in Finland.
There are some wonderful examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the city, as well as some of Finland’s most impressive churches. It is also home to Särkänniemi, one of Finland’s best-loved adventure parks. Although Tampere is still a thriving industrial city, much of the former industrial areas have been recovered thanks to forward-thinking city planners, with a dense hub of restaurants and cafés, shops, theatres and cinemas, galleries, museums, and sports and fitness centers.