Walking tours

The following are examples of themed tours. Guided tours can also be customised to your group’s needs and wishes.

We have provided brief descriptions of some of the themed walking tours we offer, but we are also happy to tailor a tour to your group’s interests. If you would like to book a guided tour, please contact us at least three working days before your desired date. Book a guided tour.


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 us 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. The tour costs from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 1.5 hours.


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. The tour costs from EUR 140 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 2 hours.


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. The tour costs from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 1.5 hours.


Jyväskylä’s secret passages – a walking tour

We will visit the real life locations featured in Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen’s best-selling novel Secret Passages in a Hillside Town to discover Jyväskylä’s secret magic, to sense the power of the “meaningfulness particles” and to extricate ourselves from our slow continuum attachment. Don’t forget to hold on to your umbrellas! The tour is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.
Olli’s trail: the tour begins at Kinakuja bridge on Tourujoki and ends at the top of Harju Ridge. The tour costs from EUR 140 / group (1–20 participants) and lasts 2 hours.
Kerttu and Olli’s trail: the tour departs from the top of the Harju steps and ends at the same spot. The tour costs EUR 120 / group (1–20 participants) and lasts 1.5 hours.


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. The tour starts by the visitor information display. The tour costs from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 1.5 hours.


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.) The tour departs from the University Library at Seminaarinkatu 15. The tour costs from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 1.5 hours.


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 Innova building at Piippukatu 11. The tour costs from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 1.5 hours.


Green Circle 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. The tour departs from the Viitatorni building, Viitaniementie 14, and concludes on the university campus. The tour costs from EUR 140 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 2 hours.


Discover Jyväskylä’s Old Cemetery

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.

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.

The tour departs from the Old Cemetery’s Tourukatu entrance. The tour costs from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 1.5 hours. 


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. The tour costs from EUR 120 / group (1–25 participants) and lasts 1.5 hours.


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