Äänekoski is a town of approximately 20,000 inhabitants consisting of four centres on the shores of Lake Keitele. Fishing is one of the city’s tourist draws. Kapeenniemi is a protected historic recreational and rapids fishing landscape area that also offers great hiking for tourists.
Metsä Group’s new biotechnology mill and visitor centre, opening in 2018, display the latest ecological timber technology.
The best known events in Äänekoski are the Keitelejazz music festival, the SHAKE music festival in the village of Sumiainen, and the Äänekoski special stage of Neste Rally Finland. The Keitele-Museo runs museum trains and steam ships from the historical surroundings of the Old Railway Station in Suolahti, also an experience to remember.