UNESCO World Heritage Treasure

Petäjävesi Old Church is full of delightful and sad stories

from the past four centuries of rural life in Finland

Welcome to the Petäjävesi Old Church!

Opening hours 1.6.2024-31.8.2024

The church is open to visitors daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Some exceptions may occur due to reservations. Please note also that the church is closed on Midsummer Day.

Entrance fees

  • € 9
  • € 6 (pensioners, students, unemployed)
  • € 2 (children from 7 to 15 years)
  • € 0 (young children and personal assistants)

Opening hours on winter season

The church will be closed between 1st September 2023 and 31rd May 2024.

On winter season, we are open only by reservation. Group visits may be arranged, if the visit is reserved at least two weeks in advance. The reservation has to be paid in advance. Reservations and more information: opas@petajavesi.fi.

Admission fees on winter season 1st September 2023 – 31rd May 2024

  • 1–10 persons: € 80 (including admission fees and the door opening fee).
  • More than 10 persons: Admission fee €6 per person and a door opening fee of € 20.

The winter season fees are paid in advance by invoice, and the invoicing fee is € 6.

Maximum fee for students groups of higher education is € 100 and for school groups € 30.


A beloved and tenacious old church

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Petäjävesi Old Church tells the story of the Finnish people’s everyday life over four centuries. Built by Central Finland’s land-owning peasants in 1763–65 with their masterful carving skills, the Old Church has been the site of the most profound moments of life. The Old Church is beloved by the residents of Petäjävesi, and it is visited by thousands of enchanted tourists every year.

Enjoy life in the paradise of Petäjävesi

A rural village at heart, Petäjävesi is home to captivating nature sites, the Petäjävesi Old Church and approximately 4,000 residents. The trip from Jyväskylä to Petäjävesi takes less than 30 minutes. Stay the night in a more than one hundred year-old farmer’s hut of a vicarage and pet some sheep while enjoying the rural settings surrounding the country suites, or you can rent a summer cottage of your own. In Petäjävesi, you can enjoy life. Known for its close sense of community, artisanal skills and locally produced food, the 150-year-old Petäjävesi has deep roots in Finnish soil.

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