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Karstula is a municipality in Central Finland.


Riuttasalmi Bridge in Karstula

The center of the municipality is on the shore of Lake Pääjärvi, about 100 km northwest of Jyväskylä. The village center is especially known for the Battle of Karstula on August 21, 1808, which took place during the Finnish War.

  • 1 Karstula Tourist Information (Karstulan turisti-info), Humpintie 67.

Get in


The most important main road connection is road 58, between Kangasala and Kärsämäki, which runs through the municipality and the village centre. Much larger Highway 13, from Kokkola via Jyväskylä and from the Nuijamaa border crossing via Lappeenranta and Mikkeli, runs through the eastern part of the municipality.

By bus


Coaches connect Karstula to Jyväskylä. See Matkahuolto.

Get around


By taxi


See Central Finland#By taxi


Karstula Church
Kirkkovuori Observation Tower
  • 1 Karstula Church (Karstulan kirkko), Tapulilahdentie 2. Wooden church built 1851–1853. Karstula Church (Q18179416) on Wikidata
  • 2 Kirkkovuori Observation Tower (Kirkkovuoren näköalatorni), Kirkkovuorentie. More than 20 m-high observation tower, generally considered to be the world's tallest log-framed building. A 350 m-long nature trail leads to the tower. Kirkkovuori Observation Tower (Q31087518) on Wikidata
  • 3 Karstula Local History Museum (Karstulan kotiseutumuseo), Museotie 10, +358 44 406 2080. Karstula local museum (Q109659909) on Wikidata


  • 1 Mörkömaa, Pääjärvenmäentie 19 (near the Kirkkovuori Observation Tower). A family-friendly excursion site where you can admire the rugged rocks shaped by the Ice Age - the future habitats of the bugbears, to which the name of the place refers (Mörkömaa = "Bugbear Land"). The sharpest-eyed lucky ones might even spot signs of bugbears in the terrain.
  • 2 Lossi Beach (Lossin uimaranta), Meijeritie 5 (on the shores of Lake Pääjärvi, southwest of centre).
  • 3 Karstula Discgolf Track (Karstulan frisbeegolfrata), Kuntotie 90 (on the shores of Lake Pääjärvi; northwest of centre).


  • 1 S-Market Karstula, Keskustie 2. M-Sa 07:00-22:00, Su 09:00-22:00. A grocery store.
  • 2 K-Market Mansikka, Virastotie 5. M-Sa 08:00-21:00, Su 10:00-18:00. A grocery store.
  • 3 Karstulan Kimara, Hämeenpurontie 1, +358 40 562 6533. Tu-F 10:00-17:00, Sa 10:00-15:00. A flea market.


  • 1 Ravintola NättiJussi, Koulutie 12, +358 14 461216, . M-W 10:30-17:00, Th 10:30-18:00, F 10:30-02:00, Sa 12:00-02:00. A local restaurant with delicious food and good service; named after Nätti-Jussi ("Pretty John"), a legendary Finnish lumberjack who was born in the locality. Karaoke on weekends.
  • 2 Lounas-Kahvila Hertta, Pylkönmäentie 1, +358 45 359 9005, . M-Th 10:00-15:00, F 10:00-20:00. A café restaurant.
  • 3 Firat Kebab Pizzeria, Karstulantie 5, +358 14 461100. M-Th 10:30-21:00, F 10:30-22:00, Sa 11:00-22:00, Su 12:00-21:00. A kebab-restaurant.
  • 4 Topsa-Grilli, Heikkilänmäentie 32 (along the Road 58, eastern part of the village centre), +358 40 352 3933. M-Th 10:00-18:00, F 10:00-00:00, Sa 12:00-00:00. A grill kiosk.









Many places of business may have Wi-Fi for customers (although it's usually called "WLAN"); ask the staff for details.

For free Wi-Fi and internet terminals, check the 2 Karstula Library.

Go next

Routes through Karstula
KangasalaMultia  S  N  KinnulaKärsämäki
KokkolaKaustinenKyyjärvi  NW  SW  SaarijärviJyväskyläLappeenranta

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