Relax at the oldest public sauna in Finland! Rajaportin sauna in Tampere can make even the Finns gape. Here, steam baths are still taken the way Finnish workers took them in the first quarter of the 20th century. The sauna opened in 1906 to be the oldest public sauna in Finland. It has remained almost intact, so please don’t expect it to boast the gloss of novelty. However, its regular customers claim here it is still
possible to enjoy the softest steam in the country. As I’ve not checked out all saunas in Finland, I can tell that it definitely holds true it least for Tampere.
This place has a special atmosphere as women & men take sauna separately – and therefore they’re naked in the sauna. In fact, this is the only public sauna in the city where you can be in your birthday suit, if we don’t count swimming halls and gyms.
Another thing that makes Rajaportti sauna special is the bar/cafe. Chilling out in the sauna yard with a cold beer is a ritual, and I find it a plus that I don’t have to take care of the beer before coming here. Instead, I go to the sauna bar and choose from their wide selection of local beers. You can also have a cup of coffee.
Please note that there are no showers in this sauna. All you have to wash your sweating body with is buckets of warm water. Just like they did it in the past century!