Guided walking tours

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Dive into the bustle of the city, find some surprising treasures and learn more about the destinations and the crown jewels of the city centre on guided walking tours. Our bookable walking tours are a great fit for groups both large and small wanting to hear the most fascinating stories and find out the hidden details Jyväskylä has to offer. The pace and the route taken change as the group wishes. The maximum group size for walking tours for one guide is about 25 people.

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Aalto Andante

Who was Alvar Aalto? The Aalto Andante walking tour is an opportunity for you to discover how this smalltown boy with big dream found his own style and placed his childhood home firmly on the world map. The tour takes you through the milestones of Alvar Aalto’s life and career, from schoolboy to iconic master of his art. You will hear fascinating stories about his life, his professional highs and lows and his sources of inspiration and even discover some of his unfinished projects.

Starting point: Compass Square (cross between Kauppakatu and Asemakatu)
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants)

Aalto Forte

Experience the work of Alvar Aalto, consummate designer and master of modernism, in its intended urban setting. Jyväskylä is the city where Alvar Aalto went to school, started a family and began his illustrious career – and this is also where you’ll find the most comprehensive portfolio of buildings designed by him. The Aalto Forte walking tour will introduce you to some of his most notable buildings in the city centre and give you a chance to explore the defining characteristics and finer details of his work. Trace his steps to discover some of the most enduring influences of his creative life and how these are reflected in his designs.

Starting point: Compass Square (cross between Kauppakatu and Asemakatu)
Duration: 2 hours
Price: starting from EUR 145 / group (1-25 participants)

Wivi Lönn 150th anniversary

Wivi Lönn was born in Tampere in 1872 and graduated as an architect from the Helsinki Polytechnic. She was the first female, Finnish architect to start up her own practice. In the early 1900s she moved to Jyväskylä, in her own words, in search of a peaceful place to work. Here she continued working as an independent architect, designing the Puistokoulu School and several private homes, many not far from her own house on the modern-day Wivi Lönninkatu street. This tour takes us around the quarter of villas south of Seminaarinmäki Hill and Wivi Lönni’s Jugendstil-inspired buildings in that area. You’ll hear about the turns the architect’s life took and the projects and travels she had with factory manager Hanna Parviainen. 

Starting point: Lounaispuisto Park upper level, Seminaarinkatu 32
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants)

From Are Square to Seminaarimäki Hill – exploring Jyväskylä on foot

Surrounded by Harju Ridge and Lake Jyväsjärvi, Jyväskylä’s compact city centre is perfect for exploring on foot. On our tour, you will hear how a stretch of rural highway became a busy urban hub, how a bustling outdoor market turned into the oasis that is now Church Park and how the first Finnish-language teacher training college evolved into a 21st university. We will explore some of Jyväskylä’s historic buildings, constructed in both wood and stone, and the designs of legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. 

Starting point: Are -square, Puistokatu 2
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1-25 participants)

Naissaari Island through the years – a walking tour

The history of Naissaari Island in Vaajakoski can be traced back to the 16th century. This walking tour is an opportunity for you to discover the story of Master Salvesen, local businessman and philanthropist, and what happened when the Central Finnish Cooperative Society set up on the island. You will also find out what used to happen at “Rimahelvetti” and in “Lapumylly”, take a peek into times gone past and enjoy the beautiful canalside views.

Starting point: Visitor information display in Naissaari parking lot
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1-25 participants)

Seminaaririnne Hill and Älylä

Discover the history of Seminaarinrinne Hill and the Älylä neighbourhood and find out more about present day Jyväskylä along the way. Historically, this leafy and peaceful area was home to teachers and artists. Many of the buildings date back to early 20th century, and several of them were designed by Wivi Lönn, the first woman architect to practice independently in Finland. This tour also takes in Alvar and Aino Aalto’s first shared home and artist Jonas Heiska’s studio and private residence. (Please be aware that the route involves steps and uneven surfaces and is not suitable for people with restricted mobility.)

Starting point: Lounaispuisto Park upper level, Seminaarinkatu 32
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1-25 participants)

New and old Jyväskylä – a walking tour around Lutakko

This tour will take you to the historic Schauman industrial district that has recently been converted into a residential area and is today also home to a number of technology companies. Lutakko is where the old and new Jyväskylä meet. Our tour takes in the Renaissance-style Schauman Villa, the Innova tower, the tallest building in Jyväskylä, the Jyväskylä Paviljonki International Congress and Trade Fair Centre and the Matkakeskus travel hub. You will hear tales of the old plywood factory, discover what life is like in Lutakko today and find out what’s in store for the area’s future. The walking tour departs from the.

Starting point: Innova building at Piippukatu 11
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1-25 participants)

Green Loop Walk – exploring Jyväskylä’s central park

Jyväskylä is characterised by its vast expanses of green space which join together to form Kehä Vihreä, the town’s central park. On this tour, we will discover how this unique urban oasis came into being and explore some of the art on display here. A walk through this green and peaceful landscape is a treat for all the senses.

Starting point: Viitatorni building, Viitaniementie 14
Duration: 2 hours
Price: starting from EUR 145 / group (1-25 participants)

Discover Jyväskylä’s Old Cemetery

Theme 1: A city of culture and learning
The most famous residents at Jyväskylä’s Old Cemetery have played a significant role in Finland’s history and their achievements reflect the town’s heritage as a place of education and learning. Our tour introduces you to the teachers, writers, artists and musicians that made Jyväskylä their home and were inspired to pursue their professional and creative passions here. You will discover a wide range of fascinating topics along the way, from the Finnish national instrument kantele to choir music and Finnish jewellery design.

Theme 2: Merchants and industrialists
Fredrikson’s hats, Halonen’s pump organs, Jussila wooden toys and Ruth’s bagels are classic Jyväskylä brands that are well-known and well-loved throughout Finland. Our tour introduces you to some of the town’s most famous merchants and industrialists from across the ages. Their wealth and influence are also reflected in their magnificent memorial headstones.

Theme 3: Women’s turn
At various stages in the history of our city, women have been both prominent and marginalized. The protagonists of this tour are women who deserve to be mentioned either for their own merits or by the merits and actions of their spouses which got publicity. In any case, this time women are mentioned first.

Starting point: the Old Cemetery’s Tourukatu entrance
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1-25 participants)

The colourful Kangas

Kangas is a Jyväskylä neighbourhood on a former industrial site in the Tourujoki river bend. A paper mill was first built on the site in 1872,  marking the beginning of more than a century of industrial activity. Some of the old factory buildings have been repurposed, and the area is being rebuilt into a modern neighbourhood designed for a communal, eco-friendly way of life. 

Starting point: Kympinkatu 7
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1-25 participants)

Art outdoors

Art displayed in public spaces has inspired admirers and detractors throughout the ages. Jyväskylä is dotted with dozens of public works of art, ranging from a tiny sparrow-sized sculpture all the way to murals spread across the whole outer wall of a block of flats. Let our guide take you on an artistic tour of the city centre. You’ll get to hear stories about the background of the art projects, the artists, and the discussions that have been had about the works. 

Starting point: Compass Square (cross between Kauppakatu and Asemakatu)
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants)

Jyväskylä as a music city

Jyväskylä is well-known as the original home of Finnish-language education. The Jyväskylä Teachers’ Seminary (1863) gave rise to a vibrant urban cultural life, and many organizations and institutions that retain a central place in Finnish-language culture today. The Jyväskylä seminary was the birthplace of the first Finnish music textbooks, as well as hundreds of school, Christmas, and choral songs. The tour lets you get to know E.A. Hagfors, the father of Finnish-language choir,  and the Hannikainen musical family. You will also hear stories from the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation’s song festivals organized in Lounaispuisto Park in the 19th century. We will also cover the city’s contemporary musical life, as well as the Finnish Music Campus, which now unites all ages in the practice, learning, teaching, and study of music, dance, and applied arts. 

Starting point: Lounaispuisto Park upper level, Seminaarinkatu 32
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants)

Pokémon Go

On this tour, your local guide take you to all the best spots for Pokémon Go sightings, while also giving you an introduction to the city. Through your guide, you will become part of Jyväskylä’s Pokémon Go community, discover all the local nests and get some top tips on where to go for the best sightings. This walking tour is always tailored to your needs and requirements and reflects the latest Pokémon Go developments.

Starting point: Tailored for the group
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: starting from EUR 120 / group (1-25 participants)

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