In addition, there are a lot of happenings in Jyväskylä! Go and see the museums, visit a Finnish baseball game or enjoy the music provided by many events in Jyväskylä summer. You may also enjoy the clean nature of Finland by having a picnic in a park, playing some frisbee at the grass or swimming in the lakes.
- The city offers though-provoking, youthfully unpolished and distinctive culture experiences. Finnish standup is said to originate in Jyväskylä. In addition to professional theatres, there are also many amateur theatres, internationally successful choirs and dance art companies with a nationwide reputation in Jyväskylä. The Jyväskylä Festival, the oldest city festival in the Nordic countries, is also arranged in Jyväskylä featuring internationally recognised stars of nonverbal theatre and concert music.
- Jyväskylä is the home city of the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto. The region boasts around 30 buildings designed by Aalto, more than anywhere else in the world. All of his styles are represented, from his earliest works through to achievements in the latter stages of his career. In the master architect’s footsteps we travel from classicism to functionalism, from brick architecture to monumentalism. The Alvar Aalto Museum is a specialist museum of architecture and design and a national and international centre for information on Aalto.
- The city and its surroundings also feature a number of museums and beautiful churches, including Petäjävesi Old Church, which has gained inclusion on UNESCO’s world heritage list. There are three nationally significant museums in Jyväskylä: the Alvar Aalto Museum, the Craft Museum of Finland and the National Costume Centre of Finland, and the Aviation Museum of Central Finland.
- Jyväskylä is also proud of its symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, that features an international ensemble of professional musicians. There are also many choirs and theatre groups in the city, several of which enjoy an international reputation. Jyväskylä City Theatre caters for a range of theatre experiences every week.
Nature and recreation
- Jyväskylä is situated at the northern end of scenic Lake Päijänne in the heart of the beautiful Finnish lake district. Lake Päijänne, the second largest lake in Finland, offers a wide range of recreational options for inhabitants and tourists alike. One third of the lake is located within the area of the City of Jyväskylä.
- Central Finland’s varied and unspoilt nature starts close to the city and attracts people with different interests all year round. Possible activities during the summer include hiking, biking, boating and fishing. There are also several golf courses in the region. In winter, cross-country and downhill skiing are excellent ways of relaxing.
- Located right in the city centre is the Lutakko harbour with cosy restaurant ships and inviting sauna-rafts. It is also conveniently located for taking a lake cruise or a hiking trip along the Rantaraitti route. This highly popular pedestrian and cycling route circling around Lake Jyväsjärvi attracts both locals and visitors with its magnificent view over the lake. The route also features interesting art experiences. More information about Rantaraitti is provided in this brochure and in a separate map you can print out.
- Finns have a passion for summer cottages in peaceful locations, usually on a lake shore. A Finnish speciality, the smoke sauna, is also worth experiencing. The world’s largest smoke sauna is located less than 30 minutes drive away in Tupaswilla. Numerous smaller saunas and smoke saunas can be found in the city and in its immediate vicinity.
Things to see and do
Jyväskylä offers a great deal to see and do. The city possesses numerous museums and beautiful churches which are well worth a visit. In summer various guided tours, either on foot or by bus, are arranged. These provide an opportunity to explore the work of Alvar Aalto, for example, or Jyväskylä’s attractive green spaces. Further information about:
There is also four themed routes that you can explore: The Aalto Route, The Sports Route, The Express Route and the Dinner with light. On the city centre pedestrian street visitors will find a tight network of services, shopping options and recreational venues. Shops, cafés, restaurants, theatres and museums are located close to each other to form an easily managed whole.