Diverse Nature Sites, such as Oravivuori, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, attract people to the Jyväskylä region.

Jyväskylä is playfully called the Athens of Finland, but the city actually resembles Rome in the sense that Jyväskylä is also easily accessible by several roads. It is easy to get to the city in the middle of Finland by car along the highway E4. The hustle and bustle of Road 9 also takes you to the city.

The travel center is located in the heart of the city, so those traveling by bus or train can instantly reach the heartbeat of the pedestrian street or the Pavilion for trade fairs and congress events. The nearest airport is in Tikkakoski, about 23 km from the center of Jyväskylä. From Tikkakoski, the center can be conveniently reached by bus or taxi.

The center of Jyväskylä is practically built around Kauppakatu. The distances are short and an apostle ride is the best way to explore the city. If you plan to head outside the city center, everything is easily accessible by local buses departing from Vapaudenkatu, in the immediate vicinity of the Forum shopping center entrance.

Jyväskylä has a wide range of accommodation. In the center you will find more expensive as well as mid-range hotels, but also a few hostels. Accommodation outside the city center is more affordable, and there is also a caravan site nearby. You can also rent a cottage for a short drive away.



The Kuokkala bridge looks handsome even after sunset.

Hike on the Harju

If the pedestrian street is the heart of the city center, there is the nearby Harju city lungs. Harju is Jyväskylä’s most famous green area and the famous Lookout Point. You can climb to the top of the ridge from the Nero stairs leaving at Gummerrus Street. In addition to the scenery, the ridge also has walking trails, a sports field and a summer theater.

At the top of Harju is Vesilinna, where you will find an observation restaurant, an observation tower and the Nature Museum of Central Finland. Both the observation tower and the nature museum are free sights to visit when visiting Harju.

Harju’s evening call traditionally echoes from the water castle in May-September. Aulis Raitala’s Song for the Birthplace is known in Jyväskylä as a sure sign of summer, and its popularity is also shown by the fact that Harjun Iltasoiton can also be downloaded as an application to the phone.

Atmosphere in Toivola’s Old Yard

The artisan yard of the late 19th century, located near the center of Jyväskylä, is one of the city’s most atmospheric destinations. The courtyard on Cygnaus Street is the only sign of Jyväskylä’s 19th century wooden house period, and the skillfully restored area today delights both locals and tourists alike.

The artisan shops and workshops of Toivola’s Old Yard and the artisan museums of Central Finland offer something to see and marvel at, and in the charming Kahvila Muisto you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The Breakfast of Remembrance is also a delicious experience for those visiting the Yard.

Most of the Yard’s services are open year-round, but during the high seasons, such as summer and Christmas, the offer is more plentiful than usual. Free access to Toivola’s Old Yard and all its destinations.

In the footsteps of Alvar Aalto

A friend of architecture can do an actual Alvar Aalto tour in Jyväskylä. Among other things, the Jyväskylä Workers’ House, many of the university buildings, the swimming hall and the building of the Museum of Central Finland are the handiwork of Aalto. The Alvar Aalto Museum also offers interesting sights for the less architecture-oriented. In addition to the exhibition focusing on Aalto’s architecture and design, Aalto’s architecture is also represented by the museum building itself.

Greenland and the Panda factory outlet

A short drive from the center of Jyväskylä is Viherlandia, where you can go shopping and chat with talkative parrots Kalle and Torsti. As the name implies, shopping in Viherlandia will make your home green, with a wide variety of plants and home decorations on offer. You can also get a beautiful home more cheaply than usual from the Iittala factory store. There is also a restaurant in Viherlandia.

In connection with a visit to Viherlandia, it is also worth stopping at the Panda confectionery factory outlet in Vaajakoski. Licorice and chocolate products are available, as well as the factory’s own special batches at affordable prices.



The gentleness of Central Finland makes you enjoy your holiday.

The best cafes in Jyväskylä

  1. Roasting Papu
  2. Miriam’s
  3. Wilhelmiina

The best events in Jyväskylä

  1. Upper town night
  2. Jyväskylä summer
  3. Neste Oil Rally
  4. SuomiPop Festival
  5. Jyrock Festival

Eat and drink

  1. Sip a cup of Bean coffee
  2. Enjoy a glass of wine in Figaro
  3. Treat yourself to a piece of cake with Miriams
  4. Taste chicken bread on Sohwin’s terrace