municipality in the region of Central Finland

Petäjävesi is a small village in Central Finland. Its main claim to fame is its wooden church dating back to 1765, a World Heritage Site as an exemplary piece of Scandinavian wooden architecture.

Petäjävesi Old Church

Get inEdit

The nearest major city is Jyväskylä. Petäjävesi is on the Haapamäki-Jyväskylä railway line, and also accessible by Matkahuolto buses.

Get aroundEdit

Public transport is limited to a twice-daily bus, so it's best to bring your own wheels.


  • Old Church of Petäjävesi (Petäjäveden vanha kirkko), +358 40-582 2461. Open June-August only, unless prior reservations are made at least two days earlier.
  • Karikkoselkä. A meteor impact crater, now a perfectly spherical lake.






There are several holiday cottages and farms offering lodging in the vicinity.


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