At the northern end of Hämeenpuisto, Särkänniemi (one-day pass €38) is far more than the lake-fronting amusement park you see from afar. Aside from all the rides and a planetarium (which the day-pass gets you entry to, along with the tower), it’s here that you will find Näsinneula observation tower (daily 11am–11pm; included in Särkänniemi ticket price, €5 by itself), topping out at 130m with a great view of the city and a restaurant. There’s a lift if you don’t fancy the climb.

With a separate admission charge, tremendous Sara Hildén Art Museum (May–Sept daily 10am–6pm; Oct–April Tues–Sun 10am–6pm; €10) behind the observation tower is a quirky collection of Finnish and foreign modern works perched above the lakeshore.

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