Pretty much the only reason a traveller is likely to end up in Pieksämäki in the first place is that it's a major train junction where the Jyväskylä-Joensuu and Kouvola-Kuopio lines meet. The town can thus be reached by direct train from virtually all of Finland's main cities: Helsinki (3 hrs), Tampere (2 hrs) and Turku (4 hrs).
It's under 500 meters on foot from Pieksämäki railway station to the market square.
- 1 Savo railway museum (Savon radan museo), Ratakatu 8, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 June–8 August M–F 12:00–18:00, Sa–Su 12:00–16:00; 13–28 August Sa–Su 12:00–16:00. The museum is in the former station building from 1889. It tells about life and work at the Savo railway line. Ask for guiding (free). €3/2/2.
- 2 Pieksämäki Parish Old Church and belfry, Kirkkotie 31, ☎ . In 2016 weekends only. Wooden church, one of the oldest churches in eastern Finland, built 1753 (belfry from 1746). 18th century paintings by Mikael Toppelius. In 2016, until 30.9, the church is being painted and only the interior can be seen.
- Savonsolmu Beach & Blues Party: 7–6 July 2018. Blues, jazz and roots rock at Hotel Savonsolmu in Pieksamäki. (date needs updating)
If you have half an hour or more to kill at Pieksämäki, make your way to the market (signposted as Tori), where in summer you'll find vendors of berries, freshly cooked vendace (muikku), and more. There's also a large S-Market supermarket right next to the market.