16.07.2018

Things to do

Free-time activities in Jyväskylä city center

Despite its small size, Jyväskylä is far from boring. The main street Kauppakatu offers a great variety of restaurants, cafés and bars, and is also home to several street festivals and events throughout the year. Along the street you can also find the Handicraft Museum of Finland as well as Jyväskylä Art Museum. Kirkkopuisto, the park with the town church and a popular place for gathering among locals, is also located along the Kauppakatu street. If you stray a little further away from the street, you can find the Toivola Old Courtyard and its historic milieu, local handicraft shops, and a cozy little café.

Many of the town's buildings were designed by famous architect Alvar Aalto, and one great example is the main campus of the university at Seminaarinmäki. The Seminarium building houses a tiny Cultural History Museum exhibiting life at the University of Jyväskylä. If you stroll to the area of the university's Ruusupuisto campus, you can find the Alvar Aalto museum. Right next to it you can find the Museum of Central Finland and learn more about the history and culture of the area.

The town center is squeezed between the beautiful lakeside and harbor as well as the Harju ridge. If you climb up the stone stairs, you can find an observation tower which offers a magnificent view over the town and the surrounding hills and forests, as well as a small Nature Museum. For those looking for the proximity of nature, there is a walking trail of around 700m through the Tourujoki Natural Park. You can also take a walk along the lakeside on the Rantaraitti trail, which passes by the harbor and two university campuses. The harbor is the departing point of various cruises to lake Päijänne.

For the most up-to-date information about other attractions and activities as well as events, please visit the Tourist information center website.

Where to buy souvenirs to take home?

The Tourist information center offers a list of shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts. You can modify the search by choosing the types of products you wish to buy. In addition to local handicrafts, other popular Finnish souvenirs include Marimekko textiles, Iittala products, black candy (salmiakki in Finnish) and Fazer chocolate. All of these can be found for example in Sokos shopping center. If you wish to buy official products of the University of Jyväskylä, you can visit the University shop Soppi at Seminaarinmäki or check out their web store.

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