Pyynikki observation tower, Tampere

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Admire nature, striking views, and a tasty treat in the famous cafe at Pyynikki observation tower. Stroll through the conservation park before heading over to the site's cultural landmark, the observation tower. The first tower was built in this spot in 1868; the current structure was completed in 1929, after destruction from the civil war. Climb to the top of the tower for scenic panoramas, and be sure to visit its cafe, beloved by locals and visitors for its doughnuts, which have been made using the same recipe since the early 20th century. A visit to Pyynikki observation tower represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tampere itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It is not something otherworldly, but has low cost, facilities to upload even for anyone with mobility problems, because although the stairs are not difficult, they have elevator until the penultimate flight of stairs. Although it is not very high, you get a full panoramic view of the entire city that provides a wonderful respite.
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  • August 9, 2017
    The best way to view the beatiful town of Tampere and the lakes.Pyynikki is the highest ridge on the world created during the ice age. Enjoy a nice walk in the woods and find the view points. Do not m...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Because it can give you some feeling from the "great past". It's placed in the center of a really prolific park. Silence and calmness is your companion here especially close to sunset time. On the top...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    In the summer, the cafe at the tower bottom serves great coffee & fresh sugar donuts. Also there's an ice-cream stand. Entry to tower is 2euro each & you can either take the lift or stairs. Relaxing visit & can people watch at the cafe terrace.
  • June 29, 2017
    Classic café with a limited pastry offer: The best donuts in the world 😁 Add to that a tower with a widereaching view. Built in 1888, I'm sure the was an astonishing view from its top. Measured with today's yardstick, it might not be the most breathtaking experience to climb to the top, except maybe literally. Also, be prepared to wait in line for your coffee and donuts in a logistically impossible hallway. I guess the architect back in 1888 did not foresee the popularity of this establishment more than a century later. All in all, it adds to the charm of the place. The Tower with a view is certainly well worth a visit. And make sure you try the donuts!
  • June 15, 2017
    Amazing munkki! Best in town, best in the country, might be even best in the world. Also serves gluten free and vegetarian products. Gluten free munkki...even better than normal ones.
  • May 31, 2017
    Great views and amazing doughnuts! The gluten free option is the best doughnut I've had in years. Should be a stop for anyone.
  • June 19, 2017
    Very good view on the Pyynikki park, and good connection to the beach, and very delicious Donuts are served under the tower.

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