Tourist information office
Järvenpää Hall, Hallintokatu 4, 04400 Järvenpää, Finland
Open: Mon - Thur 9 - 16, Fri 9 - 15
Tel. +358 9 2719 2718,
Fax +358 9 271 1199
Summer - Info at Hotel Rivoli
Tel.+358 9 2719 2892, +358 9 2719 2718
Opening hours 1 June - 30 Aug. 2005
Mon - Fri 10 - 18
Sat 10 - 16
Sun 10 - 16
Järvenpää - The city of Sibelius
Järvenpää is located in the Helsinki Region, along the Helsinki-Lahti motorway, a 30-minute drive from downtown Helsinki, and at the same time along the main railway line to the north. It takes 20 minutes to drive to the international airport.
With a population of 37,000, Järvenpää is a vigorous commercial and industrial city specialising in high technology-oriented metal industry. The city is home to a number of internationally successful companies, such as Metso Paper and Rocla.
Järvenpää is to a great extent a garden city and offers excellent recreational and leisure time opportunities.
Järvenpää is best known as the home town of the master composer Jean Sibelius. Sibelius built his log villa Ainola to be "sufficiently far from the temptations of Helsinki". He and his family lived at Ainola for more than fifty years. The spirit of Jean Sibelius is very much alive at Ainola. The museum, maintained to preserve a home-like atmosphere, is open to public from May to the end of September.
Along the shores of Lake Tuusulanjärvi, a unique community of artists flourished at the turn of the century, led by the nationally famous author Juhani Aho and his painter wife Venny Soldan-Brofeldt. Along with Jean Sibelius, this influential group included the poets J.H. Erkko and Eino Leino as well as painters Eero Järnefelt and Pekka Halonen.
Sufficiently far, yet suitably close, Järvenpää has developed into a richly diversified city with its own strong cultural traditions. Järvenpää’s Culture Trail links Sibelius’s Ainola with Juhani Aho’s Ahola. Paintings produced by some of the most important members of the golden era of Finnish art, such as Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, are at the Järvenpää Art Museum.
Järvenpää Hall, the cultural centre of the city, has become one of the most popular concert venues in the Helsinki Region. Järvenpää Hall serves also as a high quality conference centre.
The annual Sibelius Festival, which in 2006 is held 22 September - 29 September, has gained also international recognition.
The Chamber Music by Lake Tuusula in early August is a much frequented series of chamber music conserts in various venues. In 2006 the music festival is arranged 31 July - 5 August.
The Lakeside Blues Festival pulses with life. It has become Europe´s largest blues event. The many blues enthusiasts visiting Vanhankylänniemi each year add their own colour to the Järvenpää summer. In 2006 the Lakeside Blues Festival takes place 28th June - 2nd July.
The Järvenpää Tourist Centre in the old manorhouse of Vanhankylänniemi is a recreational and leasure time centre by the Lake Tuusulanjärvi.