Näsinneula – the Second Tallest Observation Tower in the Nordic Countries
When you take the lift up to the top of Näsinneula, you can admire the scenery from the second tallest observation tower in the Nordic countries. Moreover, you can get acquainted with the most iconic symbol of Tampere.
You can see a fantastic panorama of the city centre from the tower’s observation deck or from the rotating Restaurant Näsinneula. In other directions, a breathtaking scenery of ridges and lakes unfolds before you. You can even see sceneries of neighbouring municipalities above the rooftops of Tampere as in clear weather the visibility is 20 kilometres in every direction.
The Observation Tower Rose into the Air in just 33 Days
Näsinneula Observation Tower was built during years 1970 and 1971. In the summer of 1970, the tower rose into the air at a rate of four metres per day, and the 130-metre top was reached in astonishing 33 days. The tower was built using slipform casting and a total of 2,500 cubic metres of concrete was cast into the frame. In such exceptional circumstances, the construction work was demanding, but luckily nobody was injured.
The needle tip of the tower, a steel mast containing a weather beacon, touches the clouds at 168 metres. The foundation of the observation tower is located 110 metres above sea level and 35 metres above the surface of Lake Näsijärvi.
In high winds, you can sense the sways of Näsinneula at the top of the tower. The largest back-and-forth sway in the direction of the wind is 21 centimetres, and transverse vibration is 8 centimetres to both sides of the zero position. The top of the tower is reached by high-speed lifts that hold 15 people and rise to the top in 32 seconds. The speed of the lifts is six metres per second. In the event of a power failure, a diesel-powered reserve power station takes over.
Did You Know?
Näsinneula was inspired by the 1963 observation tower in Puijo, Kuopio and the world-famous Space Needle that was built for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. ”Neula” means ”needle” in Finnish.
The elevators in Näsinneula Observation Tower go as fast as 6 m/s.
The weather lights of Näsinneula became operational in June 1971. Green light indicates rain and yellow means that the sun is shining.
There are 700 stairs that go up the tower. The record for the fastest person climbing these stairs was set in 1989. The time was 3 minutes and 4 seconds. Due to safety reasons, the public is not allowed to take the stairs anymore. They are for emergency exit cases only.