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Tampere is the second largest city of Finland with a population of 200 000 people. The city was founded in the 1779 on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids where the lake Näsijärvi empties its waters with a fall of 18 meters in the lake Pyhäjärvi. Tampere has evolved in the most highly industrialized city of Finland during the last century and it has become an important centre of education and research of Southern Finland. You can find more information about Tampere at the pages of The City of Tampere and about its history at the pages of Power from the Rapids.
Spring arrives late in Tampere, usually around May. In March, you should expect to find a cold and often snowy weather therefore you should dress properly. The temperature can still be several degrees below zero.
How to get to Tampere
There are several alternatives to reach Tampere.
By air: Tampere has an international airport, Tampere-Pirkkala, located about 17 km from the city downtown. There are direct flights from Helsinki (30 min.) with Finnair, from Stockholm (50 min.) and Copenhagen (1h 40min ) with SAS, from London and Frankfurt with Rayanair. From the airport you can reach Tampere downtown by taxi (journey takes about 20 min.) or airport taxi (10€ / passenger). If your international flight lands at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, the easiest way to reach Tampere is by plane (30 min.) or by coach (~2h 30min).
If you decide to stop in Helsinki during your trip to/from Tampere, from Helsinki-Vantaa airport you can reach Helsinki downtown by taxi, bus #615 (40 min, 3€), Finnair bus (35 min, 4.90€) or airport taxi.
By train: Comfortable and reliable trains connect Tampere and Helsinki city centers. Trains depart every hour and (except during the night) and the journey takes about two hours. The timetable is available at the Finnish Railway website. There is also a train connection to Russia from Tampere to St. Petersburg and Moscow. There is no train connection from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Helsinki downtown or to Tampere.
By bus: There is an extensive bus service network that connects major and minor cities. There is a regular service to/from Turku (~2h 40m), Helsinki (~2h 30m) and Jyväskylä (~2h 30m). You can find the timetable at the express bus pages.
By boat: You can also reach Finland with a luxury cruise on the Baltic sea. There is daily service from Stockholm to Turku and Helsinki, from Tallin to Helsinki. It is probably the most relaxing way of approaching Finland by visiting the Finnish archipelago during March when the sea is probably still frozen. You can visit the homepages of the cruise companies for timetables and booking: Silja Line, Viking Line, Tallink, Eckerö Line.
By car: Driving in Finland is rather simple and easy although in the winter season there are several hazards, like icy roads and snowing conditions. You should also keep an eye on the frequent animal crossings, especially on countryside roads. Keep also in mind that in Finland the distances to cover are often rather long and during the winter season there is a speed limit of 80km/h on most of the roads. You can rent a car from the major car rental companies either at the airports or in the city downtown.
The following hotels are available for CSMR 2004 attendees. When making
a reservation in one these these hotels, please, remember to
mention that you are attending the CSMR 2004 conference. All
conference hotels are within a walking distance from Tampere Hall. The one
closest to Tampere Hall (about 100 meters) is hotel Ramada. To make sure
you will get a room in one of these hotels, you should make your hotel
reservation by March 5.