The following are examples of themed tours. Guided tours can also be customised to your group’s needs and wishes.
Who was Alvar Aalto, the architect and academician? On the Aalto Andante walking tour you’ll dis-cover how this young, small-town dreamer found his own style and put the architecture of the place where he grew up on the world map. On this tour we move from one turning point in Alvar Aalto’s life to the next, from the young schoolboy to the prestigious academician. On the way you’ll hear fascinating tales from real life and about Aalto the person, his growing pains and the sources of his inspiration – perhaps even a little about plans that never came to fruition… The tour lasts 2 hours, price from € 140/group (1-25 persons).
Experience the master of modernism and the stamp of an exciting architectural virtuoso in a genuine urban setting! Alvar Aalto went to school, started a family and began his illustrious career in Jyväsky-lä, home to the world’s most representative cross-section of Aalto-designed buildings. The Aalto Forte walking tour provides an introduction to Alvar Aalto’s best-known buildings within the city as well as a closer look at the special features and unique details of his architecture. The tour also casts light on the origins of the influences that shaped Aalto’s work and how they can be seen in the designs he produced. The tour lasts 2 hours, price from € 140/group (1-25 persons).
What do the mature deciduous trees and old gravestones have to tell us about Jyväskylä’s history? What did the names Kreeta Haapasalo, Elsa Heporauta, Wolmar Schildt or Robert Kiljander mean to Finnish culture? How did the establishment of Finnish-language schools gather pace from the growth of the small town and stimulate its artistic life? The tour lasts 1.5 hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
The centre of Jyväskylä, bounded by Lake Jyväsjärvi and the Harju ridge, is easy to explore on foot. During the tour you will hear among other things about how a cart track developed into a prize-winning pedestrian street, an old market place became Church Park, and the first Finnish-language teacher training college blossomed into a multidisciplinary university. The tour takes in old wooden and stone houses, modern architecture, and not forgetting the many buildings designed by world-famous architect Alvar Aalto. The tour lasts 1.5 hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
This tour takes you into the area once occupied by the Schauman plywood mill, which in recent years has become a fashionable new residential area and home to various high-tech facilities. In Lutakko old and new Jyväskylä literally come face to face. Sights during the tour include the Renaissance-style Schauman Mansion, Innova, the city’s tallest office building, Jyväskylä Paviljonki, Jyväskylä’s international congress and trade fair centre, and Travel Centre, a modern rail/coach interchange. There will be commentary on the area’s history during the days of the plywood mill, Lutakko today, and plans for future development. The tour lasts 1.5 hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
How did the array of shacks behind the Harju ridge develop into the model Mäki-Matti area? During the tour we remember the past and explore the present: shops and schools, parks and statues. At the same time we also shed some light on the history of Syrjälä and Nisula. Departure from in front of the Provincial Archives of Jyväskylä, address Pitkäkatu 23/Voionmaankatu 12.The walk takes 1½ hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
The history of Naissaari, an island enclave on the Vaajakoski rapids, can be traced back to the 16th century. We hear about the life and times of industrial tycoon Salvesen, and what changed when the SOK cooperative arrived. And what exactly are ‘Rimahelvetti’ and ‘Lapumylly’? How did they affect the lives of Naissaari’s inhabitants? We take a look at the area’s past and admire the view today from the bank of the Keitele-Päijänne canal. Departure from in front of the information board in the car park. The tour takes 1½ hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
In the spots where the action takes place in Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen’s novel we set off on a common search for Jyväskylä’s magic locations, we sense the shower of significance particles, and above all do our best to get rid of a liking for slow continuity. Hang on to your umbrellas! The maximum number of participants is 20.
Olli’s path: Depart from the Kinakuja bridge over the Tourujoki river, tour ends at the top of the Harju ridge. The tour takes 2 hours, price from € 140/group (1-25 persons).
Kerttu and Olli’s joint path: Departure from the top of the Harju steps, where the walk also ends. The tour takes 1½ hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
Explore the green parks in the centre of Jyväskylä and discover the statues and monuments contained in them. In Church Park the young Minna Canth leans on the parapet of a bridge and dreams, perhaps, of her future career as a writer and social trendsetter. The memorials in Cygnaeus Park remind us of the wooden church that once stood on the spot and of Uno Cygnaeus, the father of Finland’s elementary school system. The statues in Lounaispuisto park are linked by music. Join the tour and hear fascinating details of the city’s history, the cityscape, and naturally of the figures that shaped its past. The tour takes 1.5 hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
The path for pedestrians and cyclists that follows the shore of Lake Jyväsjärvi not only offers some magnificent scenery but also a number of fascinating works of art, such as Suuri kompassi [Big compass], Hyöky [Surge] and Kiveen kirjoitetut [Written in stone]. The guide will fill in the background to the pieces and the artists that created them as well as the history of the areas along the shore. The tour can also be made at a brisk pace in the form of Nordic walking. The tour lasts 1.5 hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
The tour takes in what has often been described as Finland’s most beautiful campus, the development of which from teacher training college times into a university is illustrated by a rich variety of buildings. What used to go on, and what happens now, in Ryhtilä, Paja and Lyhty? Where did Villa Rana get its name from? The ‘Älylä’ area, which previously housed many academic staff, is full of fine old buildings and tales of cultural personages. The tour departs from outside the university library and takes 1.5 hours, price from € 120/group (1-25 persons).
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