Tampere in Autumn

With a notebook filled with adventures to embrace the autumn season I was travelling in late August to Tampere. Of course everything turned out differently than expected: I got sick, not just a few days, the whole stay. I was so looking forward to enjoying these holidays; at least it was still possible to get some beautiful activities done after lowering my ambitious plans.

Here are some tips what to do in the end of summer and/or in the beginning of autumn in Tampere:

Arboretum

The best place to recharge your batteries is in nature. The arboretum is a wonderful source of happiness to me. You know that you are close to the arboretum when you can spot beautiful old buildings and smell scents from roses to herbs. It was great to look at the transition of the flowers: Some roses were still in bloom, others already transformed to rosehips. There is also a rose variety called “Austriana” – a beautiful (of course) red coloured rose that attracted my attention.
The arboretum is a great place to calm down while watching the squirrels playing around, ducks swimming across the lake or elderly couples walking hand in hand. There’s also a lovely café to rest and to be happy with a drink of your choice.

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Tampere Visit Tampere Hatanpää Arboretum Martina Margarete Berger Finland Suomi Tampere in Autumn

Finlayson Art Area and Moomin Museum

Every year a large event for the visual arts takes place at the Finlayson area. For an art enthusiast like me it’s the place to be: you can find wonderful street paintings, sculptures, video and photo art as well as plenty of other free activities like workshops etc. This year I was really pleased to see that Rut Bryk was one of the participating artists. I always wanted to see her ceramics and I was really happy that it was finally possible. The exhibitions unfortunately last until the end of August. The Finlayson area is nevertheless a wonderful place to stroll around in autumn – it’s in central Tampere, but it’s probably the most beautiful part of the city that’s not currently under construction.
I also highly recommend the Moomin Museum in the Tampere Hall. I took part in the Moomin Museum Guest of Honour Competition earlier this year and my video got under the top 5 entries. I received lovely Moomin gifts and a free entry to the Moomin Museum. Actually it was already my third visit to the Moomin museum and I am still fascinated by the original Moomin illustrations by Tove Jansson: they are so little and so detailed – amazing! It’s definitely a must-see for all art lovers and Moomin fans of all ages.

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Tampere Visit Tampere Finlayson Art Area Martina Margarete Berger Finland Suomi Tampere in Autumn
Tampere Visit Tampere Finlayson Art Area Martina Margarete Berger Finland Suomi Tampere in Autumn
Tampere Visit Tampere Finlayson Art Area Martina Margarete Berger Finland Suomi Tampere in Autumn
Tampere Visit Tampere Finlayson Art Area Martina Margarete Berger Finland Suomi Tampere in Autumn
Tampere Visit Tampere Finlayson Art Area Martina Margarete Berger Finland Suomi Tampere in Autumn
Tampere Visit Tampere Finlayson Art Area Martina Margarete Berger Finland Suomi Tampere in Autumn

Onkiniemi Beach

No holidays without visiting a beach – watching the sun set along a shore or a beach is always breathtaking. Also in autumn it’s a magical feeling. There was no one else – just me, the lake and the wonderful golden hour light. I had to share this beautiful scenery with someone and so I decided to make a video call to show my parents how beautiful Tampere actually is. The Onkiniemi beach is close to the Särkännniemi Amusement Park and is easily to reach from the city centre. I also highly recommend the Pyynikki and Rauhaniemi beach.

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Tampere Visit Tampere Onkiniemi Martina Margarete Berger Finland Suomi Tampere in Autumn

Nature in the City

The Pyynikki area stole my heart a long time ago. Whenever I am in Tampere I always try to stay close to this area – so I can easily take a walk there. It’s the place where it feels like home and where I can relax the most. Coming along the Pyynikki tower where you already can smell the best doughnuts in town there is a lovely path to Pispala. Pispala is probably the most romantic area in Tampere with its lovely wooden houses and a gorgeous view over the lakes. From Pispala you can go to Tahmela which is another favourite place of mine where you can also find a great beach. And from there you can return to Pyynikki. All along the way you can find beautiful viewpoints to rest and to simply enjoy nature. And if you take a closer look you might find some berries or see some squirrels or hedgehogs.

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Before starting to write this blog entry I already caught myself at looking at flights to Tampere again.
I would have loved to walk on duckboards in the National Park, enjoy the view over Tampere from the Moro Sky Bar, take a look at the beautiful graffiti at Hiedanranta, have fun at Särkänniemi and attend some concerts. But there is always a next time...


My Top 3

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Top 3 Souvenirs

  • Mine Güngör Earrings from the Design On Tampere Market (otherwise they can be found at Forgemetnot or Seele)
  • Marimekko Hieta Socks with the classic Unikko pattern from the Marimekko store in the Koskikeskus Shopping Centre (or in the store in Hämeenkatu 19)
  • and of course some Moomin souvenirs from the Moomin Museum (I bought the Moomin Valley Poster which you can exclusively buy at the museum)

Top 3 Soundtrack

  • Rea Garvey - Beautiful Life
  • James Bay - The Best
  • Idiomatic - Ready to Depart

Top 3 Spots that are new in town

  • The Ratina Shopping Centre (with a Monki Store!)
  • The Saunaravintola Kuuma
  • the tracks for the Tram lines in Hämeenkatu

Take me to the Waterfall

Last week my family and I went for a little roadtrip through Austria. Our first stop was in Oberkrimml to explore the Krimml Waterfalls. To be honest I didn’t expect too much, because I have already seen a few waterfalls and they didn’t differ from one to another. I was really impressed by the Krimml Waterfalls, because they are the largest ones in Europe and the fifth highest in the world. It was really refreshing to walk next to the water and enjoy the views at the numerous viewing points along the path.

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Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich
Krimmler Wasserfälle Krimml Waterfalls Visit Austria Österreich

Summer Nostalgia

I spent my most beautiful summer holidays in Scandinavia. I believe that enjoying small things during your vacation and committing to the pleasure of the present moment is making a holiday extraordinary. Whether it’s a specific feeling, the wideness of the country, the creativity of the Scandinavian cities or the sounds of waves – I am delighted with the north.
During my holidays I love to capture those precious moments with my camera and try to take those deeply felt feelings back home.
When Lina from Once Upon asked me if I would like to create a photo book with their app, I immediately knew that it will be about my last summer holidays. I am a bit nostalgic when thinking back of them, because they felt like a fairytale dream.

Once Upon is a company from Skellefteå/Sweden with the aim to create an app that makes it easy and fun to save memories. They offer three photo book versions: a “casual” (20x20cm, softcover), a “compact” (20x20cm hardcover) and a “classic” (27x27cm, hardcover) one. 

Creating a photo book always takes a lot of time and usually when you are coming back home from abroad you are busy doing your laundry, stowing away your clothes and you are getting back to work. What I really like about the Once Upon app is that you can work little by little on your book. Most of the time I have taken a few hundred photographs during my holidays and it can feel intimidating to create a photo book entirely. With Once Upon you can divide your book into entries and as you are creating your book on your phone it also allows you to work on those chapters wherever and whenever you want. The minimalistic design of the book is aesthetically pleasing and helps you to find the right balance between your pictures and the white space. Another great feature of this determined layout is that you don’t need to worry that the type size of your text is too big or too small. As I am a huge fan of matte photo book pages, I am pleased you can choose between semi-gloss or silk matte paper – you just have to keep in mind that the matte version is a little bit more expensive than the semi-gloss one. The print quality is really good and I can warmly recommend using this app. For this book I chose the classic version and for me it was really helpful to read the information about the cover, layout and the prizes on their support page beforehand.

Whenever the longing for Scandinavia gets too big, I take a look at this lovely book and it immediately brings me back to this beautiful summer and its precious moments.

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Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
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Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel
Once Upon App photo book Sweden onceuponapp Tampere Lina Andersson album photo book ideas travel