Illustrator Daniel Stolle maps out a trip around Tampere, Finland, and has it all perfectly timed
Illustrator and Finland resident Daniel Stolle invites you to take a tour around the southern city of Tampere. Visit the locations in the order below and your total walking time should be no more than an hour at a leisurely pace
Hämeenpuisto 10, 33210 www.rajataide.fi A gallery owned by a local collective, showing mostly works by young Finnish artists. It also houses a small selection of local comics, catalogues and art books.
Hämeenpuisto 28, 33200 www.lenin.fi The only museum about Vladimir Ilyich in the Western world, located in the building where Lenin and Stalin met the first time, when Finland was still part of Russia. The exhibition has a mimeographed charm – and is (in a good way) definitely not overdesigned. It also has the sofa Lenin slept on during his visit to Tampere.
Satamakatu 8, 33200 www.k-market.fi This simple K-Market is one of thousands in Finland. But this one’s housed in a building that looks like an art deco spaceship (from the right angle at least). My working room was right around the corner from here – fond memories!
Eteläpuisto, 33200 www.etelapuisto.fi This is as close as you can get to nature inside a city. It’s earmarked for development as a fancy residential area. Start your trip while it’s still public land; go towards Pyynikin Näkötorni from here and enjoy the view on lake Pyhäjärvi.
PYYNIKKI OBSERVATION TOWER CAFĒ
Näkötornintie 20, 33230 www.munkkikahvila.net A cafeteria in the base of an observation tower. The speciality is ‘munkki’, a kind of doughnut which by Finnish law is only taken with coffee! The smell of munkki greets you halfway up the mountain.
Daniel Stolle was born in Germany but now resides in Finland. He’s been an illustrator since 2007, specialising in editorial work for clients such as Men’s Health, The New York Times and The Times. www.danielstolle.com