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Rovaniemi Library photo Juho Kuva, City of Rovaniemi
Aalto and the Post-war Rebuilding of Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi suffered badly in World War II, as approximately 90 percent of buildings in the town centre were destroyed in 1944. The rebuilding process started quickly after the tragedy, led…

Experiences: Lapland

Otaniemi Library is full of natural light
Espoo and Otaniemi Campus Area
Espoo, located west of Helsinki, is part of the Finnish capital region. Alvar Aalto’s most famous work in Espoo is the Otaniemi campus, now known as Aalto University. Originally known…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland

Turku and the Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper
Architect Alvar Aalto lived in Turku 1927 – 1933. This period saw the rise of a new era of architecture and furniture design. Aalto co-operated with Erik Bryggman, one of…

Experiences: Archipelago

Säynätsalo Town Hall. Photo Visit Jyväskylä, Tero Takalo-Eskola.
Säynätsalo Town Hall
The invitational competition for Säynätsalo Town Hall was held in 1949. Aalto won the competition with an entry marked ‘Curia’, and was immediately commissioned to prepare working drawings. Completed in…

Experiences: Art, Lakeland, Nature

Paimio Sanatorium in pinewoods photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Paimio Sanatorium
The building completed in 1933 as Paimio Sanatorium was of key importance to the international career of architects Alvar and Aino Aalto. Together with Vyborg (Viipuri) Library, completed two years…

Experiences: Cultural heritage, History, Nature

Muuratsalo Experimental house
Muuratsalo Experimental House, the summer home of Alvar and Elissa Aalto, is situated on the western shore of the island of Muuratsalo, on lake Päijänne. Within the grounds of the…

Experiences: Lakeland, Museums, Nature

Alvar Aalto Museum
To visit the Alvar Aalto Museum is not only to immerse yourself in the world of Aalto’s architecture, design and personal history but it is an architectonic experience of space…

Experiences: History, Museums

Ristinkirkko The Church of Cross in Lahti
Church of the Cross
On the old church site of Kolkanmäki rises the architecturally impressive tower of the Church of the Cross, built 1978. This vital element of the Lahti cityscape is a masterwork…

Experiences: Cultural heritage, Lakeland

Varkaus Paper Mill photo Timo Heinonen
Varkaus – industrial history, Lake Saimaa waterways and caviar
Lake Saimaa waterways that extend to the city centre, a lush natural environment and many destinations offer holidaymakers many opportunities in the Varkaus region. Specialties include the city’s own caviar…

Experiences: Boat trip, Lakeland, Local products, Museums

Helsinki Finlandia Hall. Photo: Rune Snellman Alvar Aalto Museum
Finlandia Hall
Finlandia Hall was completed in Helsinki’s city centre in 1971 and the extra wing in 1975. The building was intended for congresses and concerts. The location of Finlandia Hall is…

Experiences: Archipelago, Food and herbs, Helsinki surroundings, Music, Urban Finland

Restaurant Savoy in Helsinki is famous not only for the menu but for the interior. Photo: Alvar Aalto Foundation.
Interior and Furnishing of the Savoy Restaurant
Aino and Alvar Aalto designed the interior of Savoy Restaurant, which occupies a commercial building in the centre of Helsinki. The restaurant’s furniture was commissioned from Artek. The Savoy has…

Experiences: Archipelago, Food and herbs, Furniture, Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland

The Aalto House
The house at Riihitie 20 was completed as Aino and Alvar Aalto’s home and studio in 1936. Aalto’s architect’s office was in this building in Munkkiniemi until 1955. Nowadays, the…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Museums

Studio Aalto
The studio was completed for use by Alvar Aalto’s architect’s office in 1955. The building is in Munkkiniemi in Helsinki, within walking distance of Aalto’s home. There are public guided…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Museums

Enso Gutzeit Mill Directors' House in Summa Hamina photo Martti Kapanen
Summa Pulp Mill and Housing Area in Hamina
Hamina – military history, circular town plan and the Summa paper mill Hamina is a beautiful city, where the sights are within easy reach. The old city centre is based…

Experiences: Cultural heritage

Lake Tuusula scenery Järvenpää Visit Tuusulanjärvi
The artist community at Lake Tuusula and Villa Kokkonen in Järvenpää
A unique community of artists formed on the shores of Lake Tuusula in early 1900’s. Notable artists settled in the rural landscape and their works play an important role in…

Experiences: Furniture, Helsinki surroundings, Local products, Music, Nature

Tour at Aalto's Villa Kokkonen in Järvenpää, photo Mestart Oy
Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen
“Welcome to a visit to a home designed by Alvar Aalto, also introducing a valuable grand piano and concert room!” These welcoming words by the hosts capture the atmosphere of…

Experiences: Art, Furniture

Sunila house Runkola and pine trees in winter photo Rurik Wasastjerna
Sunila Sulphate Pulp Mill and Residential Area
The Sunila pulp mill and the adjoining residential area designed by Alvar Aalto are masterpieces of modern architecture. The pulp mill was said to be the most beautiful in the…

Experiences: Finnish Sauna, Furniture, Nature

Alajärvi Town Hall by Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi
The city of Alajärvi in the Southern Ostrobothnia is located close to Alvar Aalto’s childhood hometown Kuortane. Aalto spent his childhood summers in Alajärvi and later had his own summer…

Experiences: Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Seinäjoki Town Hall and The Aalto Centre. Photo: Visit Seinäjoki, Katja Lösönen.
Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki
As an architectural whole, the Administrative and Cultural Centre in Seinäjoki is unique on a global scale. Seinäjoki is also the location of the Defence Corps Building built in 1924-26,…

Experiences: Food and herbs, Furniture, Museums, Nature

Finlandia Hall in HelsFinlandia Hall in Helsinki photo Rune Snellman Alvar Aalto Foundationinki
Alvar Aalto in Helsinki
The maritime Helsinki is the biggest city in Finland and home for several buildings designed by Alvar Aalto. It also contains a wide range of other Finnish architecture from different…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Industrial history and the Tampella Co. Housing Area in Inkeroinen
The River Kymijoki has shaped the history of the entire Kymenlaakso region and given rise to a number of cultural environments related to agriculture, industry, houses and built-up areas. Sawmills…

Experiences: Art, Furniture, Nature

Inkeroinen Tehtaanmäki Elementary School photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Aalto sites in Kouvola
Alvar Aalto’s most prominent works in Kouvola are located in Inkeroinen within the area of the Ankkapurha Culture Park. The Tehtaanmäki Primary School is the only elementary school designed by…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Furniture, Nature

Villa Mairea in Noormarkku photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works in Pori
Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works area is one of the largest and most impressive old engineering works areas in Finland, with the visitors having an opportunity to absorb the atmosphere of bygone…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works in Eura
Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works at Eura
The Terraced House at the Kauttua Works in Eura is a vivid example of the desire of the architect to integrate the building into the natural environment: the multi-storey residential…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Alvar Aalto Campus area of Seminaarinmäki in Jyväskylä kuva Mikko Laitinen
Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä
In Jyväskylä, the city of lakes and hills in the heart of the Finnish Lakeland, you’ll find the largest number of masterful buildings in the whole world designed by the…

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Food and herbs, Furniture, Nature

Kantola sea sauna and Sunila Pulp Mill in Kotka photo Rurik Wasastjerna
Mill Manager’s residence Kantola and beach Sauna in Sunila
Kantola was designed by Aalto as a home for the manager of the Pulp mill. The modern house was built in 1937 on the beautiful setting by the sea. Today…

Experiences: Archipelago, Finnish Sauna, Furniture, Helsinki surroundings, Sea

Villa Mairea living room peaceful atmosphere photo Johanna Kokkola
Villa Mairea
Located within the Noormarkku Works area, Villa Mairea was built in 1939 to serve as the home of Maire (née Ahlström) and Harry Gullichsen. The progressive couple were patrons of…

Experiences: Cultural heritage, Furniture

Erottaja
Erottaja Pavilion Emergency Shelter Entrance
Erottaja Pavilion is one of Helsinki’s earliest Aalto-designed buildings. This small building intended as an emergency-shelter entrance is close to Helsinki’s city centre. The Pavilion building is part of a…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings

Helsinki Enso Gutzeit Headquarters photo Eino Mäkinen Alvar Aalto Foundation
Enso-Gutzeit Co. Headquarters
The Enso-Gutzeit Headquarters building was completed in the centre of Helsinki, in a prominent place in the Southern Harbour, in 1962. Now Stora Enso’s Headquarters, the building is one of…

Experiences: Archipelago, Helsinki surroundings

Rautatalo Office Building
The Rautatalo Office Building was completed in Helsinki’s city centre in 1955. The building got its name (‘Iron House’) from the federation of Finnish hardware dealers that commissioned it. The…

Experiences: Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland

Culture House Helsinki photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
House of Culture
The House of Culture was completed in 1958 close to the centre of Helsinki. It was designed as a multi-purpose building for the Communist Party of Finland. Apart from the…

Experiences: Archipelago, Helsinki surroundings, Urban Finland

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Villa Mairea living room peaceful atmosphere photo Johanna Kokkola
Homes and habitats by Alvar Aalto
Tour highlights: Villa Mairea Kauttua Terraced House and Riverside Sauna Paimio Sanatorium…

Cities: Eura, Paimio, Pori

Sites: Paimio Sanatorium, Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works at Eura, Ahlström’s Noormarkku Works in Pori, Villa Mairea

Experiences: Art, Finnish Sauna, Furniture, Nature

Järvi-Suomessa Jyväskylässä voit risteillä Aalto-kohteisiin, kuva Tero Takalo-Eskola
Early and later works of architect Alvar Aalto
Tour highlights: The Aalto Centre, the Cross of the Plains Church in Seinäjoki The renovated Aalto Library in Seinäjoki Alvar Aalto´s childhood home, birthplace and family grave in Kuortane and…

Cities: Alajärvi, Jyväskylä, Seinäjoki

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki, Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi, Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä, Säynätsalo Town Hall

Experiences: Art, Food and herbs, Lakeland, Local products, Museums, Nature

Kotka Old Port Kantasatama, photo Visit Kotka Hamina 30Miles
Iconic glass designs of Karhula and Aalto’s residential area Sunila in Kotka
Tour highlights: Glass for everyone – Karhula 1889–2009 exhibition at Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka Guided tour of the residential area of the Sunila Pulp Mill Guided tour at Director’s…

Cities: Kotka

Sites: Sunila Sulphate Pulp Mill and Residential Area

Experiences: Archipelago, Finnish Sauna, Helsinki surroundings, Museums, River, Sea

Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works in Eura
Tour of Eura – from prehistory to Alvar Aalto
Tour highlights: Euran Pirtti Laughing Dragon (guidance centre in prehistory) Luistari Ancient Park Alvar Aalto’s Terraced House Riverside Sauna…

Cities: Eura

Sites: Kauttua Ruukinpuisto Works at Eura, Alvar Aalto’s Terraced House, Riverside Sauna

Experiences: Finnish Sauna, History

Helsinki Rautatalo Akademic Bookstore photo Martti Kapanen Alvar Aalto Foundation
8 days tour of the best-known Finnish architects Alvar Aalto and Eliel Saarinen
Tour highlights: Guided walking tour around Helsinki with the most famous sites of Alvar Aalto and Eliel Saarinen Dinner in the Savoy Restaurant, interior designed by Aalto Church of the…

Cities: Alajärvi, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Lahti, Seinäjoki

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Helsinki, Rautatalo Office Building, The Aalto House, Studio Aalto, Finlandia Hall, Church of the Cross, Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä, Alvar Aalto Museum, Säynätsalo Town Hall, Muuratsalo Experimental house, Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki, Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi

Experiences: Archipelago, Food and herbs, History, Lakeland, Local products, Museums

Alajärvi Villa Väinölä, the house for the brother, is restored and open for public
Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi – life and work
Tour highlights: Alajärvi Aalto centre Landscapes dear to Aalto Church by architect C.L. Engel Villa Väinölä Nelimarkka Museum…

Cities: Alajärvi

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi

Experiences: Art, Local products, Museums

Breakthrough of modernism in Finland
Tour highlights: Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building Chapel of Resurrection Holy Cross Chapel St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel Paimio Sanatorium…

Cities: Paimio, Turku

Sites: Turku and the Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper, Paimio Sanatorium

Experiences: History, Nature

Entrance hall of Inkeroinen Tehtaanmäki elementary school photo Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Foundation
Wood, Water & Workshop
Tour highlights: A guided tour in the Tehtaanmäki residential area, with an indoor visit to a building Ankkapurha rapids A boat ride on the River Kymijoki and coffee served beside…

Cities: Kouvola

Sites: Industrial history and the Tampella Co. Housing Area in Inkeroinen, Art Centre Antares

Experiences: History, River, Workshop

Tour at Aalto's Villa Kokkonen in Järvenpää, photo Mestart Oy
Visit at Villa Kokkonen
Tour highlights: Guided tour of Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen, including a small concert. Duration approx. 45 minutes. After the tour, there is an opportunity to buffet-type catering. Shopping in the…

Cities: Järvenpää

Sites: Alvar Aalto’s Villa Kokkonen

Experiences: Music

Seinäjoki Town Hall and The Aalto Centre. Photo: Visit Seinäjoki, Katja Lösönen.
Seinäjoki savour – fine food and architecture
Tour highlights: The Aalto Centre, a unique administrative and cultural centre by Alvar Aalto (Note! The Town Hall and Government Office are under renovation until the end of 2018) The…

Cities: Seinäjoki

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki, Aalto Library in Seinäjoki, The Cross of the Plains Church, The Defence Corps and Lotta Svärd Museum

Experiences: Food and herbs, Local products, Museums, Urban Finland

Jyväskylä University entrance bathes in light. Photo: Visit Jyväskylä Tero Takalo-Eskola.
The gems of Aalto’s architecture in Jyväskylä and Seinäjoki
Tour highlights: Aalto Center in Seinäjoki, a significant example of modern functionalism. Jyväskylä, the Capital of Alvar Aalto’s architecture with the largest number of masterful buildings in the whole world…

Cities: Alajärvi, Jyväskylä, Seinäjoki

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki, Alvar Aalto in Alajärvi, Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä, Säynätsalo Town Hall

Experiences: Cultural heritage, Lakeland, Local products, Museums

Lake Saimaa tour on Electric Boat Lady Of The Lake photo Anssi Toivanen
Aalto and Lake Saimaa sceneries in Varkaus
Tour highlights: Guided Aalto tour by a chosen mode of transportation Guided tour at the Museum of Mechanical Music Entrance ticket to the exhibition of Naive Art at Art Centre…

Cities: Varkaus

Sites: Varkaus – industrial history, Lake Saimaa waterways and caviar, Museum of Mechanical Music, Museums of Varkaus, Art centre Väinölä

Experiences: Art, Boat trip, Food and herbs, Local products, Museums, Nature

In Lakeland Jyväskylä you can take a boat trip, photo Atacan Ergin
Guided tours in Jyväskylä
Tour highlights: Säynätsalo town hall Jyväskylä Worker´s Club University of Jyväskylä Administrative and Cultural centre Muurame church Alvar Aalto Museum.

Cities: Jyväskylä

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä

Experiences: Museums, Urban Finland

Seinäjoki Town Hall. Photo: Visit Seinäjoki, Katja Lösönen.
Finnish Design, Architecture and Handicraft in Seinäjoki
Top highlights: Aalto Centre Seinäjoki Cross of the Plains Church Designer, ceramic artist Päivi Rintaniemi, has created beautiful and unique collection of tableware and design ceramics. Kaarakka Handicrafts House. You…

Cities: Seinäjoki

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Seinäjoki, Seinäjoki Aalto Centre, Cross of the Plains Church

Experiences: Art, Food and herbs, History, Local products, Museums

Enso Gutzeit Mill Directors' House in Summa Hamina photo Martti Kapanen
From Reserve Officer School to Petkele
Tour highlights: Alvar Aalto’s architecture and art in Hamina. Alvar Aalto as a student of the Reserve Officer School in Hamina from 1922 to 1923. Artists and culinary delights in…

Cities: Hamina

Sites: Summa Pulp Mill and Housing Area in Hamina

Experiences: History, Museums

Aalto & Bryggman – the pioneering modernists
Tour highlights: Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper Standard Apartment House Buildings by Erik Bryggman…

Cities: Turku

Sites: Turku and the Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper

Experiences: History, Urban Finland

Aalto e la natura Cruise in Lakeland Jyväskylä, photo Walmari Kalevi-Korhonen
Alvar Aalto – e la natura – architectural cruise
Tour highlights: S/S Suomi and the Finnish Lakeland Säynätsalo Town Hall…

Cities: Jyväskylä

Sites: Säynätsalo Town Hall

Experiences: Boat trip, Lakeland, Nature

The Art museum pavilion Gösta opened for public in 2014. Photo: Serlachius Museums.
Alvar and Gösta – two Masters
Tour highlights: Serlachius Museum Gustaf and Art Museum Gösta. Jyväskylä, the capital of Alvar Aalto’s architecture: follow the footsteps of the master from classicism to functionalism and from architecture in…

Cities: Jyväskylä, Mänttä

Sites: Serlachius Museum Gustaf, Art Museum Gösta, Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä, Alvar Aalto Museum, Säynätsalo Town Hall

Experiences: Art, Lakeland, Museums

Joys of a House Boat trip at Jyväskylä, photo Tomi Tuuliranta
Alvar Aalto Houseboat
Tour highlights: Houseboat – your accommodation and escape to serenity Lake Päijänne, the longest and second largest lake in Finland with the soft sound of waves lapping against the hull…

Cities: Jyväskylä

Sites: Säynätsalo Town Hall, Muuratsalo Experimental house, Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä

Experiences: Boat trip, Lakeland, Museums

Varkauden tehtaat kuva Timo Heinonen
Varkaus daytour – industrial history and Lake Saimaa waterways
Tour highlights: Guided Aalto tour by a chosen mode of transportation Guided tour at the Museum of Mechanical Music Entrance ticket to the exhibition of Naive Art at Art Centre…

Cities: Varkaus

Sites: Varkaus – industrial history, Lake Saimaa waterways and caviar, Museum of Mechanical Music, Varkaus Museum, Art Centre Väinölä

Experiences: Art, Boat trip, Food and herbs, Local products, Museums

Alvar Aalto house Mäntyrinne for Mill workers' chief ingenieur in Inkeroinen Kouvola
Ankkapurha past and present – an industrial community by the river Kymi
Tour highlights: Guided tour at the Ankkapurha Culture Park and in the Tehtaanmäki residential area designed by Alvar Aalto, with an indoor visit Ankkapurha rapids Buffet lunch in restaurant Helmi…

Cities: Kouvola

Sites: Industrial history and the Tampella Co. Housing Area in Inkeroinen

Experiences: Cultural heritage, History, River

Sibelius House Lahti the Wood Hall
Ode to architecture and culture – best of Lahti
Tour highlights: Church of the Cross designed by Alvar Aalto City Hall designed by Eliel Saarinen Wood Architecture park Sibelius Hall…

Cities: Lahti

Sites: Church of the Cross

Experiences: Food and herbs, Local products, Urban Finland

Turun news office builging window
Architecture and Turku during the Middle Ages
Tour highlights: Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building Office building for Turun Sanomat newspaper Standard Apartment House Architecture by Erik Bryggman Medieval Turku…

Cities: Turku

Sites: Turku and the Office Building for Turun Sanomat Newspaper

Experiences: Cultural heritage, History, Museums, Urban Finland