Jyväskylä’s pedestrian precinct, rated Finland’s best, teems with life: approximately 80 000 townspeople and visitors pass through the area each day. Quality restaurants turn locally sourced ingredients into gastronomic delights, while modern shopping centres prove irresistible to young and old alike. Simultaneously, however, just a stone’s throw from the city centre, untouched nature can be found in abundance – great places to fish or do some white water rafting, hiking and fitness trails, woods that yield a colourful harvest of mushrooms and berries.
In Jyväskylä winter means a chance to skate and ski on lake ice. In summer Lake Jyväsjärvi and Finland’s second largest lake, Päijänne, offer boundless potential for boaters and fishing enthusiasts.
In late summer Neste Oil Rally Finland brings Jyväskylä conspicuously to the world’s attention. In the heart of summer Jyväskylä Festival, the oldest cultural event of its kind in Finland, lays on a stunning programme of music and non-verbal theatre that features top artists from home and abroad.
Jyväskylä can boast more buildings designed by master architect Alvar Aalto than any other city in the whole world. Jyväskylä can rightly be called the City of Light, too. There are already more than 70 fantastic lighting installations that keep the city bright and the mood light during the darkest period of the year.
Of Jyväskylä’s total population of 132 000, no less than 45 000 are school-goers and students. The students see to it that whatever the day of the week, the city’s nightlife is never dull. By the way, did you know that Jyväskylä is home to Finland’s best educated thirty-somethings?
As a city of fairs and congresses Jyväskylä is a leading national player. Jyväskylän Paviljonki international congress and trade fair centre is one of the biggest centres of its kind in Finland. And best of all, the necessary services come in a compact package. Visitors can make the journey on foot to the congress and trade fair venue as well as to hotels, restaurants, the city centre and even the harbour.
And since we’re in Finland, let’s not forget sauna. In the tranquillity of the sauna the daily grind is quickly forgotten, and in the best case there’s a chance to swop bake for lake, and take a refreshing plunge. In recent years the Jyväskylä Region has been fashioned into a centre of sauna culture.
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