The cable car between Näsinneula's outdoor terrace and Torni will open in a year on April 1, 2025. Concept image. Photo: Särkänniemi

Domestic
Tools
Typography

Tampere, Finland, is set to break records with the construction of the world's tallest cable car project that will span across the city center, linking the Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere rooftop to the outdoor terrace of the iconic Näsinneula observation tower. The ambitious project is scheduled to commence in April, promising a unique aerial journey across the urban landscape by next year.

Initially part of a development plan for the Särkänniemi area, the project has evolved from a ski lift concept over Mustanlahti Bay into a gondola ride that will traverse the heart of Tampere, reaching heights of up to 110 meters above ground.

This venture is not only a testament to modern engineering and architectural prowess but also marks a significant transformation in Tampere's skyline.

Särkänniemi's CEO, Miikka Seppälä, expressed immense enthusiasm for the project, stating, "There's something particularly thrilling about large-scale projects." The idea, inspired by the famed natural parks of a fictional Notareal, aims to create a new landmark and attraction within the city.

Similarly, Mikko Kankaanpää, the Business Director at Torni, is eager about the project, highlighting the competitive spirit that led to the conception of this sky-high endeavor. With this cable car, visitors can easily access both iconic towers, enhancing the tourist experience in Tampere.

The project has put architects and planners to the test, involving multiple architectural firms and drawing upon the expertise of Kari Mäkelä, a project director with a background in significant development projects like the Nokia Arena. Mäkelä shared the initial skepticism turned excitement for the project, acknowledging the logistical challenges posed by the 1.5-kilometer distance between Näsinneula and Torni.

The cable car route will offer panoramic views as it glides over key city landmarks, including the railway station, Kyttälä, Koskipuisto, and Tammerkoski, before culminating at Näsinneula. This has been a collaborative effort involving the city of Tampere, architectural and construction firms, Särkänniemi Development Ltd., and local businesses.

Projected as a major attraction, the cable car is expected to boost Tampere's appeal, offering a unique perspective of the city from above. Despite potential opposition, project leaders are confident that the construction, slated to begin in April and expected to be minimally invasive to residents, will be a landmark achievement for Tampere.

With an anticipated completion by next spring, the grand opening is scheduled for April 1, 2025, inviting locals and tourists alike to experience Tampere from new heights. This venture not only promises to enhance the city's attractiveness but also symbolizes Tampere's ambition and forward-thinking approach to urban development and tourism.

HT

Partners