Kuokkala Bridge, photo: Touho Häkkinen
A ski jumping stadium comprised of five hills is located in Laajavuori, Jyväskylä. One of the hills is named after Jyväskylä-born ski jumping legend Matti Nykänen as "Nykänen's hill" or "Nykänen's ramp": The Nykänen Ramp was inaugurated as early as 1965, at which time the jump tower was still known as the K100 hill. The hill was given its current name after Nykänen succeeded in the 1988 Calgary Olympics by winning three Olympic gold medals. Nykänen's hill has already been renovated three times, most recently in 2007. The same year, Kimmo Yliriesto made a record jump of 110 metres from Nykänen's hill. The hills are located right next to the Laajavuori skiing centre.
Matti Nykänen's Hill and the café under the hill are open for visitors during summer weekends from June 10th to July 30th. The opening hours are 12-16 on Saturdays and Sundays. Only on the Midsummer weekend the doors stay closed. Observation tower prices: Adults €3, children, students and pensioners €2, children under 6y for free. The revenues will be used for improving local ski jumping. More information from here in Finnish.
Harju, or the Jyväskylä Ridge, and the Vesilinna observation tower located on it can be seen from all parts of the city. The ridge with its beautiful landscapes is an excellent place for outdoor activities. The popular jogging track is open all year round! The Vesilinna observation tower offers a great view over the city from an elevated position. Read more here.
The Kuokkala water tower is another prominent landmark in Jyväskylä. Many have said that the water tower resembles a UFO! The water tower can be seen from the Lutakko beach, for example.
Completed in 1989, the Kuokkala bridge is an essential part of the City of Jyväskylä, and it is in fact one of the best-known Jyväskylä landmarks. The bridge connecting the Lutakko district in the city centre and the Kuokkala district is located very prominently in the urban landscape of Jyväskylä. The Kuokkala bridge is part of the commuting journey
The Kuokkala bridge was illuminated in 2013 using new LED technology, When illuminated in the evening, the bridge looks like a magnificent work of art. Actually, the bridge is quite a popular sight in the dark. Seppo Uuranmäki's artwork Keinuja (Swings) has been hanging at the Lutakko end of the bridge since 2002. At first sight, it can be easily mistaken for a real person. You can take a look at the Kuokkala bridge in different seasons in Sami Saarela's magnificent video here.
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