Founded in 1779 on the banks of the Tammerkoski Rapids - one of Finland's national heritage landscapes - Tampere evolved into the most highly industrialised locality in Finland during the 19th century.
Industrial heritage is an important part of the city’s past and it has been preserved in today's Tampere which is now known for its universities and high-levels of competence. Special competence areas include information and health technologies, among others.
The renovated industrial milieus by the Tammerkoski Rapids including the Finlayson and Tampella areas have become the old part of the city. They show the city’s past and people actively move around the several museums, restaurants, cinemas, exhibitions and night clubs in the area. The gem of the Finlayson area is Tallipiha Stable Yards. You can shop for souvenirs in the idyllic little boutiques, enjoy local delicacies in cafés or attend different kinds of events all year round.
The Stable Yards were built for factory owner Wilhelm von Nottbeck's horses and coachmen. The charming Russian style houses in beautiful garden surroundings have now been restored to their original 1880's appearance.
The Old Factory Milieu in Killinkoski is a historical building with many interesting attractions. The architecturally beautiful old factory has become a hugely popular tourist attraction and is maintained by the Killinkoski village association.