Tampere 1918 - The Decisive Battle

Learn about the labor pains of a nation.

Tampere, Finland
Available in Finnish and English
2 hours
10 spots per experience
July - August

What are we going to do

Learn about the labour pains of a nation. The decisive battle of the Finnish civil war was fought in Tampere in the spring of 1918. See the venues and here the stories. Speciality: the memorial tombstone of Olof Palme (not the Swedish prime minister but his uncle). – What on earth was he doing here during the civil war?

During the walk we also visit the Cathedral, learn about its' role in the battle and see the wonderful symbolic frescoes of my favorite artist Hugo Simberg. On the way back to city center we see the national landscape of Tampere and learn about the foundation of the city and its industrialization.

If You wish, for additional admission fee You will get a guided tour to the great exhibition Tampere 1918 in the Vapriikki museum. You can decide whether to take the museum visit or not during the walk. We can also make the tour with bikes, if You rent a city bike.

Duration: approx. 2 h (3 h with visit to the museum)
Walking/biking distance: approx. 5 km
Fee: 25 euros (+ the possible visit to the museum – you pay mine and your own admission fee at the museum)
Starting time: 10 a.m. or as requested
Starting point: Outside the main entrance of Tampere Hall (= Tampere-talo, Yliopistonkatu 55)
Finishing point: The Central Square

During this city walk I’ll tell You stories that give You the essentials of the past and present of Tampere and Finland. You also get (humorous) insights into the identity and mentality of the Finns and especially the people of Tampere. The tour includes a ”comprehensive language course” of Finnish and the Tampere dialect.

About Mika - the Doer

I’m a 50+ teacher of Finnish language, literature and culture. I’m interested in history and all kinds of stories. I enjoy walking and talking. I believe, that a stereotypical Finn – especially one living in Tampere – is quite an interesting creature…

Jag talar litet svenska också. Ich spreche auch ein bisschen Deutsch. Je parle un peu francais aussi.


Remember to wear good walking shoes.

The tour is prohibited from minors due to the violent nature of the stories and the shocking graphics I show to demonstrate the events.

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