Today I’m going to take you on a walk around the Pispala area in Tampere. Tampere is around a two hour drive from Helsinki. It is located between two lakes – Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi. Pispala is a unique residential area there where both visitors and locals love to go on walks and admire the quirky surroundings.
Back in the day, the residents of Pispala were mainly railroad and factory workers who were known for their rowdy lifestyles. All has changed since then and what was known as a restless area is now peaceful and favoured by families. Pispala has cute, uncoordinated wooden houses that have been restored with care. On this walk we will climb up to catch the beautiful views of the lakes surrounding Tampere.
Let’s admire the houses first!
Hmmm.. looks like winter surprised these people. Or maybe they want to be prepared for the summer in case it creeps up on them. Even the bbq is right there awaiting warmer weather.
Okay, so now let’s go and see the view Pispala is famous for. These steps do look quite daunting but trust me, it’s worth it.
Phew, we made it!
Such a lovely view of the lake. There’s a playground next to this view, so if you come with kids, they can take a moment to play before continuing on. On the other side of the road, you can see the other lake surrounding Tampere!
After all that walking, it’s time to go back down the stairs to friendly Cafe Pispala for a hearty weekend brunch. They are famous for their fluffy American pancakes.
Now if this photo of my breakfast won’t have you rushing to visit Pispala, I don’t know what will!
Next time I visit, I hope to go to the oldest, still active sauna in Finland – the Rajaportti sauna. Have you been to Pispala? Did you pop in this café on your visit? Have you visited the sauna there?