Harju ridge & Vesilinna observation tower
Harju steps, photo: Keijo Penttinen
The Harju ridge and its landmark, the Vesilinna observation tower, greet visitors from nearly all directions. Harju, a popular recreational area, is a pine forest haven in the middle of the city. A jogging track runs around the area, which also has many paths and trails for pedestrians. The main route from the city centre to Harju runs through the majestic Nero stairs at the top end of Gummeruksenkatu. Named after municipal engineer Oskar Nero, the stairs were constructed as a job creation programme in 1925. Today, they may be even better known as the “stairs of knowledge” among residents, because of the university. Or if you ask for directions to the Harju stairs, locals will know what you are talking about.
The Vesilinna tower was built in 1953. It serves as a water and observation tower as well as the location of Vesilinna Restaurant and the Natural History Museum of Central Finland. Its observation deck offers magnificent views in all directions. In addition, the Vesilinna observation tower (also known as the Harju tower) is an essential part of the soundscape in Jyväskylä. Laulu synnyinseudulle (“A Song for the Native Place”) by Aulis Raitala is played from the tower every summer evening at 8 pm, and Hiljaa, hiljaa joulun kellot kajahtaa (“Christmas Bells”) by Armas Maasalo is played from the first Sunday of Advent until Epiphany at 6 pm.
You can admire beautiful views from Vesilinna observation tower on Harju during the opening hours of Vesilinna Restaurant and the Natural History Museum of Central Finland. You can check the opening hours of Vesilinna Restaurant here and the opening hours of the Natural History Museum of Central Finland here.
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