Information for visitors

In summer the Old Church is open every day from 10 am till 6 pm. In winter season the church is open for groups of 10 persons or more by appointment. The reservations should be made at least three days in advance. It is also possible to visit the church with less than 10 persons in the group, then the minimum payment will be the same as with 10 persons.

Opening hours

In summer (1.6.- 31.8.2017) the Old Church is open every day from 10 am till 6 pm  (please notice that the ticket office closes 15 minutes before closing time). (During the Midsummer the church is closed on Midsummer Eve 23.6.2017 and Midsummer Day 24.6.2017.)

In winter season the Old Church is open by appointment. Please make the reservation at least three days in advance by sending e-mail to the guide: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Admission fees & guided tours

The entrance fee to the Old Church is 6 € for adults and 4 € for students, schoolchildren or pensioners. For groups over 10 persons the fee is 4 €/person.

Guided tour (about 30 minutes) is 10 € /group.

In winter season (16.9. - 14.5.) an additional door opening fee 10 €/group.

Groups in winter season (1-10 persons) 60 € (price includes entrance fees, guided tour and the additional door opening fee).


The parking lot of the Old Chuch is by highway 23. There is space for both cars and buses. From the parking lot it's about 200 meters walk to the church along a paved footpath at the side of a road.

Friends of the Old Church

Join the Friends of the Old Church and give your support to the World Heritage Church by paying a supporters fee (you can choose the amount)! By paying the fee you help to maintain all-year guidning services and you help to preserve the church and its surroundings. As a Friend of the Old Church you will get a newsletter twice a year and free entrances to the church, as well a guidning, by showing the pin which you'll get as a Friend of the Old Church. You can also pay the supporters fee as a gift for your friend! When joining the Friends of the Old Church in 2014 you will get souvenirs of the Old Church!

Supporters fee payment to the account of Foundation for the Old Church FI7053390820016864, to the message field: name and e-mail adress (or post adress). More information from the World Heritage coordinator of the Old Church. Thank you for your support to the World Heritage site!

Souvenirs and other services

Souvenirs of the Old Chuch are sold in the church and in Direct Sale Heinähattu, Karikkotie 1.

It is possible to order souvenirs by post. There are pictures of the souvenirs in the Facebook-site of the Old Church.

Information about other services such as accommodation, shops and restaurants can be found in the website of Petäjävesi municipality.If you would like to visit the church by rowing anold church boat or have coffee served for you in the stairs of the church, please contact Kumpunen country holidays.

Events in the Old Church

In summer there are many events in the church and they may affect your visit. During the weddings, baptizings and concerts it's not possible to freely explore the church. In summer there are weddings nearly every Saturday afternoon so please prepare to wait a while or call us in advance to check the schedule.  

On summer Sundays there's a service in the Old Church usually at 10 am. The timetables of the services can be checked from the parish website. Service is free for everyone to attend. However, please remember to respect the church and parishioners by appropriate clothing.

The Foundation for the Petäjävesi Old Church celebrated the 250-years anniversary of the church in 2014! Old Church has also been included in the World Heritage List for 20 years in 2014.


It is allowed to take photos in the Old Church for your own use. Photographing for commercial use should be negotiated in advance with the parish. Please keep in mind not to disturb for example services by walking around the church taking photos.


There are two dry toilets near the Old Church. One of them is accessible by wheelchair.


Petäjävesi Old Church is not entirely accessible. In a very old wooden building the floors are not straight and smooth and the thesholds are really high. Also the stairs are quite steep. There is a ramp for wheelchairs in one of the entrances. The ramp is quite steep so it is recommended to have an assistant.