Accompanying Persons Tour

The half-day tour will give you a good sample of Finland’s culture. The  tour is included in the registration fee for registered accompanying persons; conference delegates are welcome too by paying the appropriate fee. Advance booking is required.

Tuesday 10 September

Guided historical walking tour along the Tammerkoski Rapids and Finlayson Area

at 10.30-13.00
Place: Departure in front of Tampere Orthodox Church
Price: included for registered accompanying persons, for others 35 €

The walk along the banks of the rapids gives a vivid picture of the industrial city. The Finnish Ministry of Environment in the 1990´s declared the scenery with red brick factory walls and chimneys as a national landscape. The roaring rapids formed the basis for developing an industrial city. Gustav III, King of Sweden, established the city for industry and trade in 1779, dependent on the power of water. Even though industrial production ended in the factories in the 1970-90´s, today new activities are pursued behind the old factory facades. This guided walk gives a picture of a city that has met the challenges of the industrial change successfully. Old and new go hand in hand. We will start the tour by a visit to Tampere Orthodox Church. During the tour we will also visit the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas at the Finlayson area where you can visit the Textile Industry Museum, the Steam Engine Museum as well as the Labour Museum's changing and permanent exhibitions. The tour ends in Tallipiha Stable Yards where we will be served some refreshments. The charming Russian style houses have been restored to their 1880´s appearance and made home to a range of little gift shops, artisans workshops and café.

The tour is made on foot so good walking shoes are recommended. We walk slowly; the total distance is less than 2 km. 



Wagtail – migratory bird

The wagtail is the provincial bird of the Tampere Region

Wagtails are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Wagtails are slender, often colourful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country in the Old World. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs at a time. Among their most conspicuous behaviours is a near constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the birds their common name.

(source: Wikipedia)