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Jyvaskyla
Travel Guide

Finland's second biggest university town offers beautiful, lake-studded surroundings for a city break and a variety of activities.

Situated by Lake Päijänne, in the middle of a beautiful, pristine landscape, Jyväskylä provides an excellent setting for water-related activities such as canoeing and boating, and the area also offers a variety of hiking trails. A holiday in Jyväskylä can be as active as you want!

The city has plenty of events throughout the year, and music is an important part of the city's identity. Your trip to Jyväskylä also gives you the chance to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As well as being the regional centre of Central Finland, Jyväskylä is a large university town. The inauguration of the university was a great moment for the community, and even today one in three city residents are school pupils or students. Thanks to its student population, Jyväskylä has a lively nightlife scene and there are events to suit all tastes. The harbour area in particular has plenty of cafés, restaurants and other leisure facilities.

Jyväskylä is the perfect holiday destination for lovers of culture. A popular place to visit is the Alvar Aalto Museum, which specializes in architecture and design. Besides the museum, the Jyväskylä region has numerous fine examples of Alvar Aalto architecture, which Aalto enthusiasts will certainly want to explore. The Natural History Museum of Central Finland, as its name suggests, presents the magnificent and diverse natural surroundings of the city. Jyväskylä contains two sites belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage List: Petäjävesi Old Church, which is a fine example of Scandinavian timber architecture, and the Oravivuori triangulation tower. You can get acquainted with the visual arts of Central Finland at Jyväskylä Art Museum.

In addition to sightseeing, culture-hungry visitors will find much to experience in the city. Jyväskylä is a well-known music city, with a lot of different festivals and other events throughout the year. Take a summer trip to Central Finland's lake landscapes and visit, for example, Jyväskylä Summer Jazz Festival. Another great summer event is Jyväskylä Arts Festival, an internationally known event and the oldest continuously held festival in the Nordic countries. One of the best examples of Finnish sporting culture is offered by the annual Neste Oil Rally Finland, in which the top names in international rally driving compete for victory amid the stunning scenery of Jyväskylä.

Despite the activity and bustle of the town centre, nature is never very far from Jyväskylä. Set on the western edge of the Finnish Lake District, the city is surrounded by lush, unblemished landscapes with first rate sports facilities. There is plenty to do on an active holiday in both summer and winter. You can go hiking in the area's varied terrain, or put on your winter skis or skates and explore the environment on numerous cross-country ski trails – or even try your luck on a frozen lake. In summer, the lakes provide opportunities for boat trips of even hundreds of kilometres, whether on a cruise or on your own boat.

The central location of Jyväskylä is also ideal for short city breaks. You can book a hotel in the city centre or venture farther afield among the beauties of nature. Jyväskylä has good transport links to different parts of Finland by air, bus and train.

The car-free centre of Jyväskylä is a truly pleasant place to spend a relaxing day sightseeing and attending events. The city is beautiful even during the darkest times of the year, thanks to its award-winning city lighting.

Hotelli Verso
Hotelli Verso
3.5 out of 5
Kauppakatu 35, Jyvaskyla
The price is £94 per night from 28 May to 28 May
Located in the heart of Jyvaskyla, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jyvaeskylae Art Museum, Toivolan Vanha Piha and Tourujoen Nature Reserve. University ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (715 reviews)
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"Great hotel right in the center of the city. Breakfast was super good. Will def stay here whenever my business takes me to Jyväskylä. A funny detail in my room, there was a beam between the beds so maybe not the best room for a couple unless you need your own space, haha."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Hotelli Verso
Original Sokos Hotel Alexandra
Original Sokos Hotel Alexandra
4 out of 5
Hannikaisenkatu 35, Jyvaskyla
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £105 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Located in the heart of Jyvaskyla, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jyvaeskylae Art Museum and Toivolan Vanha Piha. Lutakon uimaranta and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (419 reviews)
Good hotel
"Good hotel, nice and friendly staff, professional , good location"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Original Sokos Hotel Alexandra
Scandic Laajavuori
Scandic Laajavuori
3.5 out of 5
Laajavuorentie 30, Jyvaskyla
The price is £87 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
This family-friendly Jyvaskyla hotel is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Laajis Ski Resort and Haukkalan uimaranta. Toivolan Vanha Piha and Myllyjärven ...
4/5Very Good! (749 reviews)
Nice spa
"Nice hotel with a good spa! Restaurant is not so great but otherwise nice place!"

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2021

Scandic Laajavuori
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Appartment in the middle of beatiful Etelä-Savo landscape, with kindly people.
Appartment in the middle of beatiful Etelä-Savo landscape, with kindly people.
5 Karjatie, flat number 1, Jyvaskyla, Central Finland
The price is £69 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in Jyvaskyla, this apartment building is within 25 miles (40 km) of Leivonmäki National Park, Keinolan uimaranta and Laivarannan uimaranta. Uimaranta ...
Appartment in the middle of beatiful Etelä-Savo landscape, with kindly people.
Time Apartments Ylistönmäki
Time Apartments Ylistönmäki
33 Ylistönmäentie, Jyvaskyla
Situated in Jyvaskyla, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Ylistonrinteen Lehdon Nature Reserve and Alvar Aalto Museum. University of Jyvaskyla ...
Time Apartments Ylistönmäki
Forenom Aparthotel Jyväskylä
Forenom Aparthotel Jyväskylä
2.5 out of 5
Kilpisenkatu 8, Jyvaskyla
The price is £86 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in Jyvaskyla, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Jyvaeskylae Art Museum and Toivolan Vanha Piha. University of Jyvaskyla and Tourujoen ...
4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Hieno näkymä kirkkopuistoon ja loistava sijainti, siisti huone. Hinta-laatu-suhde mainio!"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Jyväskylä
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