The most distinctive tips by locals

The first thing that springs to mind when you think of Jyväskylä is the architecture of Alvar Aalto. We would take visitors to the University campus to see a number of buildings designed by Aalto. We would show them Älylä in Seminaarinmäki and take them to Lounaispuisto to listen to live music. We could have a picnic there.

Kirsi 65 and Seppo 67.

Savutuvan Apaja in Jyväskylä, offers genuine olden time spirit among its traditional farm buildings; many locals would choose to introduce the unique atmosphere of this very location to visitors. There are lakeside saunas, log boats, a banqueting hall and the restaurants which serve true culinary delights and Finnish delicacies in the spirit of Savutuvan Apaja.

Also restaurant Konttiravintola Morton by Lake Jyväsjärvi is a local favorite; its fantastic location and mouthwatering meals are praised by people of Jyväskylä. The trendy restaurant, built into a shipping container, serves tasty burgers and delicious salads among other things.

For the friends of architecture, locals recommend Alvar Aalto’s architectureUniversity Campus Seminaarinmäki and an old wooden house district Älylä atmosphere. Älylä is home also to Teeleidi, locally known to brew your best cup of tea in Jyväskylä. Teeleidi lies in an awesome art nouveau style building.

For those interested in aviation, locals recommend the Finnish Air Force Museum in Tikkakoski exhibiting Finnish aviation history. The museum has both a permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions.

Locals recommend Mäki-Matti Family Park in Jyväskylä for families; it is one of the very best playgrounds in Jyväskylä, many local families say. Another great place where locals would take an out-of-town family with children is the Nokkakivi Amusement Park in Laukaa.

The garden centrer Viherlandia with its long traditions is a well-known attraction for many people living in Jyväskylä region. Viherlandia is famous for its extensive selection of plants and home decoration articles, cosy bistro and talking parrots.