Lakeland – Jyväskylä Region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions in Finland. The municipalities in the region make a unique mix of nature, cities, towns, activities and people. What are the recommendations by locals?
In this post we introduce you to Jyväskylä.
Art and architecture
The city of Jyväskylä is the capital of Alvar Aalto’s architecture. You can also find art in interesting places in the modern urban environment. How many murals can you count? What is the new art piece for summer in the living street next to the Art Museum? There is also a surprise under the Kuokkala bridge! (Photo: Julia Kivelä)
City surrounded by water
In Jyväskylä, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Päijänne and Lake Jyväsjärvi. Recently renovated, lively Jyväskylä harbour is located in Lutakko. The harbour is often called the living room for city residents. Book a cruise, rent a houseboat or have a sauna in a saunaboat! (Photo: Julia Kivelä)
Great food with great drinks
The city has a great variety of restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafés! Try some of the local craft beers made by local breweries (Hiisi, Aalto, Panimoyhtiö X or Hangaround & Nobody). Enjoy a cup of coffee made from blends in local coffee roasteries Papu or Punainen Kirahvi. Grilli 21 is maybe one the most famous traditional grills in Finland. Have a taste of a homemade patty and some mashed potatoes with a glass of milk! (Photo: Olli Oilinki, Visit Finland)
Nature sights and wandering around
Jyväskylä has nature right in the city. Rantaraitti is the pedestrian and cycle route circling Lake Jyväsjärvi which encourages people to get out and get moving throughout the year. Rantaraitti route is also becoming the Finland’s largest outdoor gym with a network of different fitness venues and equipment. Why don’t go and have a swim in Lake Tuomiojärvi near the city centre or in the hidden secret Vuorilampi which is near Laajavuori? There are many opportunities and public beaches in Jyväskylä.
Wander around in various different nature spots in Jyväskylä. Seminaarinmäki campus area is a great place for jogging and Lounaispuisto Park is full of cultural events like music and dances throughout the summer! Tourujoki Nature Trail runs through Tourujoki nature reserve. Traditional way of spending a summer day is to have a picnic in Kirkkopuisto Park in the heart of the city. Remember to climb the famous Nero steps! (Photo: Atacan Ergin, Visit Jyväskylä)
Local design and handicrafts
Find the greatest and most fashionable things in Finnish and local design from Jyväskylä! In Jyväskylä there are many design shops, seasonal markets, Christmas markets, flea markets and factory shops.
The late 19th century Toivola Old Courtyard is located at the heart of Jyväskylä. It is a vibrant artisan community with a cosy new restaurant, crafts boutiques, a museum and other businesses. Thanks to its industrial heritage, Vaajakoski is simply packed with character. The gorgeous Naissaari Island and its shops and café never fails to charm visitors! (Photo: Julia Kivelä)