5 days in Tampere & Helsinki Region Itinerary

5 days in Tampere & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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5 days in Tampere & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Espoo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Loviisa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Zurich

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online road trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Tampere at 8°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping
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Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti

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Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Nuuksio National Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Espoo sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Tampere to Espoo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Nature
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Loviisa trip planner .

Getting from Espoo to Loviisa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Loviisa

Wildlife Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip planner.

Drive from Loviisa to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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