Tampere 1918 - The Decisive Battle

Learn about the labor pains of a nation.

Tampere, Finland
Available in Finnish and English
2 hours 30 minutes
10 spots per experience

What are we going to do

Learn about the labor pains of a nation. The decisive battle of the Finnish Civil War was fought in Tampere in the spring of 1918. It was the biggest blood path in the history of the Nordic countries to that date. See the venues and here the stories. During the walk I will show you pictures and maps that will help you to follow the events and get a vivid image of their consequences. You will also see some marks that still remain to remind us from the events that took place over a century ago - if you know where to look for them.

Specialty: the memorial tombstone of Olof Palme who died in the battle (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 and learn about its' role as a sanctuary in the battle.

We can also make the tour with bikes, if You rent a city bike.

Duration: approx. 2 - 3 h
Walking/biking distance: approx. 5 km
Fee: 25 euros if you're alone - 50 euros total for a group of more than one person
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 and its' surroundings

During this city walk I’ll tell You stories about the Finnish Civil War, and especially the events that took place in Tampere in the decisive battle. Learn the tales of the victims and the survivors.

If You wish we can take a break e.g. in the Tammelatori Market Place where you can taste the local specialty mustamakkara (black sausage) or enjoy a cup of coffee.

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 - especially the effects of historical events in ordinary people's lives. I enjoy walking and talking. I believe, that you need to know the past to understand the present and imagine about the future.

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.




Käytiin oman perheen kanssa kierroksella, joten se oli hyvä aktiviteetti myös korona ajalle. Reitti oli sopivan mittainen ja kierteli kivasti ympäri Tampereen keskustaa. Mika kertoi tapahtumista mielenkiintoisia yksityiskohtia ja tehosti kierrosta kuvilla ja kartoilla, joita hänellä oli mukana. Suosittelen kaikille Tampereen historiasta kiinnostuneille.

We took the tour with our own family so it was safe even in korona time. The route wasn´t too long and it went around Tampere in beautiful and interesting areas. Mika told a lot of detailed stories about the events and had pictures and maps to make it even more interesting. A good tour to everyone who is interested in Tampere´s history and places.
Mika Mika Kiitokset kiinnostuksesta! Thanks for your interest!

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