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Nasinneula Tower, Tampere

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Näsinneula is an observation tower in Tampere, Finland, overseeing Lake Näsijärvi. It was built in 1970–1971 and was designed by Pekka Ilveskoski. It is the tallest free-standing structure in Finland and the tallest observation tower in the Nordic countries at a height of 168m. The tower opened in 1971 and is located in the Särkänniemi amusement park. There is a revolving restaurant in the tower 124m above the ground; one revolution takes 45 minutes. The design of Näsinneula was inspired by the Space Needle in Seattle. The idea of a revolving restaurant was taken from the Puijo tower in Kuopio.
The base of the tower is at about 15m of elevation from lake Näsijärvi. There are two elevators, made by Valmet-Schlieren. The elevators go up to a height of 120m, to the Pilvilinna ("Cloud Castle") café. The restaurant (called Näsinneula) is one story higher.
The elevator ride to the top takes 27 seconds with a maximum speed of 6m/s and the elevators carry a maximum of 16 people. The elevators are still the fastest public elevators in Finland. In the event of a blackout, the tower's own diesel emergency generator will start. In an emergency people can be evacuated with stairs that have 700 steps.
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  • The view is quite breathtaking at the top. You get a free cup of coffee with your ticket. The lift itself had some lighting and music  more »
  • Magnificent view over Tampere, a city between two lakes, and Pirkanmaa landscape. Spacious observation deck with large windows and a cafeteria. Windows were slightly annoyingly dirty outside. There...  more »
  • Although it's easy to see, it could do with better signs to guide you to the entrance and away from the crowds heading to the amusement park next door. Tickets can be purchased in the shop as well as the ticket office (if there are big queues there). After a quick lift ride you reach the observation deck where there are toilets and a cafe. The view is great but even better if you go for a drink or meal in the restaurant above (just use the stairs from the observation deck).
  • Awesome view, good service (not if you are in a hurry) and food!

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