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Pedestrian precinct, photo: Kalevi Korhonen

Welcome to the Jyväskylä Region!

Write your own script for a great holiday in the Jyväskylä Region. City, countryside, nature, lakes and rivers create the perfect environment for cultural and outdoor experiences as well as active holidaymaking. In the leading roles - you and the people important to you.

10 reasons for visiting the Jyväskylä Region

1. An ideal destination or stopover. Jyväskylä is right in the centre of Finland, en route to everywhere.
2. Jyväskylä holds a world record which won’t be easily broken: Jyväskylä is home to more buildings designed by master architect Alvar Aalto than any other city in the world.
3. Petäjävesi Old Church and Oravivuori triangulation tower are both Unesco world heritage sites located in the Jyväskylä Region.
4. Staged in Jyväskylä, Neste Oil Rally Finland has frequently been voted the best organised round in the World Rally Championship calendar.
5. Jyväskylä’s pedestrian precinct – acclaimed as Finland’s best – is flanked by busy shopping centres and attractive boutiques.
6. Endless opportunities for sport and outdoor recreation – for instance Rantaraitti, the illuminated 10 km path that circles Lake Jyväsjärvi, was voted Road of the Year in 2005 and is used extensively by walkers, joggers and cyclists.
7. In the Jyväskylä Region boaters and fans of lake cruises are really in their element. Finland’s second largest lake, Päijänne, begins just outside the city centre and stretches a long way south.
8. The Jyväskylä Region is the heart of traditional Finnish sauna culture. The floating sauna that sails Lake Jyväsjärvi and the world’s biggest smoke sauna with room for 150 people are examples of the region’s unique and exotic sauna options.
9. Winner of international awards for its lighting, Jyväskylä now boasts over 80 lighting installations.
10. Voyages of Discovery for Kids offer adventure and excitement for children throughout

Harju steps, photo: Keijo Penttinen

The gentle whisper of the summer breeze finds the perfect partner in the composition by Aulis Raitala which can be heard on summer evenings at 20.00 from the of the Harju water tower.

Experience the many sounds of the city

1) Footsteps in the pedestrian precinct
The pedestrian precinct is the jewel in Jyväskylä’s crown, a place where people meet and things happen. Sit down in a restaurant, pub or café and enjoy the sounds of the street and the colourful stream of passers-by.

2) The hum of the Harju ridge
The steep slopes of the Harju recreational area form a natural boundary to the city centre. Try climing the Nero steps to the top of the ridge. If you would like to stay in the area a little longer, pay a visit to the summer theatre, the Natural History Museum of Central Finland, panoramic restaurant and observation tower.

3) The calm of Church Park
Located in the very centre of Jyväskylä, Kirkkopuisto (Church Park) is a fabulous place to rest your legs or enjoy a memorable picnic with friends and family.

4) Toivolan Vanha Piha – the sound of traditional craftsmen at work
The craftsmen’s courtyard established in the 1800s has been given a new lease of life. The courtyard’s boutiques sell items made in the nearby workshops; relax in the café and listen to the sound of artisans at work. The Museum of Central Finland’s craftsmen’s houses provide a flavour of times past.

5) Jyväskylä market place – a friendly place to shop and meet
On the market place Jyväskylä locals meet up in the covered cafés and while shopping for their daily fruit and veg. The noise and bustle of the market are best enjoyed on a warm summer’s day holding an ice cream.

6) Naissaari – the roar of the rapids
Flanked on both sides by rapids, atmospheric Naissaari – a river island featuring traditional wooden houses – is located in the Jyväskylä suburb of Vaajakoski. This historic area is home to a café, the Vaajakoski lock on the Keitele canal, the Wanha Woimala (Old Power Station) summer art exhibitions, a summer theatre, a giftware shop, a bathing beach and more.

Rantaraitti, photo: Joona Nuutinen

Which city tour is your liking?

Discover the City of Light
Jyväskylä is Finland’s City of Light, with over 80 lighting installations to admire! Contact Tourist Information for a free walking tour map providing information on the various sites.
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Seminaarinmäki – Ylistönrinne, the University of Jyväskylä hill to hill
This publication describes the architecture, history and other attractions to be found in theUniversity of Jyväskylä’s different campus areas. Price 2 €, available from the University of Jyväskylä library and elsewhere.

Rantaraitti, strictly for the birds
Rantaraitti – the illuminated path that circles Lake Jyväsjärvi – is a highly popular venue for outdoorrecreation. Along its length there are numerous places of environmental interest as well as historically important buildings and farmsteads. The path can be covered easily on foot or by bike. Collect the Jyväskylä Rantaraitti brochure from Tourist Information or visit
for further details.

Please ask
Jyväskylä Regional Tourist Information for tips on how to explore the Jyväskylä area on foot.

Cafe Elonen, photo: Hanne Manelius