Toivakka offers visitors experiences throughout the year. The church in Toivakka was built between 1879-1882. The interior was refurbished in 1923 when architect Alvar Aalto designed the ceiling paintings, chandeliers, decoration of the pulpit, two wrought iron candle holders, and some smaller lights and candles. In addition, Alvar Aalto has drawn the motif of the stained glass painting above the altarpiece, which is still in place. Other pieces have nowadays been transferred to Jyväskylä Alvar Aalto museum.

The interior of the church was repainted between 1972 – 1973, when the task of renewing the ceiling’s artwork was given to a local artist called Pellervo Lukumies. The completion of the work in 1973 was preceded by one of the most peculiar art wars ever seen in the Finnish churches. In the completed work Lukumies portrays, for example, Jesus in modern fashion clothing.

The surrounding nature in Toivakka enchants visitors with glacial traces, and offers excellent nature trails for trekking and cross-country skiing amongst activities such as fishing, hunting, mushroom and berry picking. Wellness in Toivakka can be experienced in many ways with a variety of services available from yoga weekends to nature cooking courses and silence retreats. Accommodation can be suited to personal taste from a log house to a historical manor. Taulu Manor offers high-quality hotel and restaurant services with the spirit of days gone combined with modern conveniences.

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Distance to Jyväskylä – 35 km, abt. 30 minutes
Distance to the airport – 55 km, abt. 45 minutes
Public beaches – yes
Attractions for children – yes