The day will begin with a guided tour at the Aalto Center in Alajärvi. The Aalto Centre consists of two municipal offices, the congregation house, Youth Association building, the municipal hospital, a health station and the city library, which was finalised by the architect studio of Aalto. The tour will also include a visit to Villa Väinölä, a house that Aalto designed for his brother. Aalto designed three memorials to Alajärvi as well and his first wife, Aino Aalto, designed a summerhouse Villa Flora to Alajärvi, which is still in private ownership.
The guided tour takes you to the wooden church (1836) designed by the famous architect C.L. Engel. Aalto used to have a spesific seat in the church loft in his youth. In the beautiful graveyard you can see e.g. war memorials designed by Alvar Aalto and the Aalto family grave. You will also get to explore an exhibition in the lobby of the Alajärvi town hall. “For the Form” –exhibition has design classics of the 1930s by Alvar and Aino Aalto on display.
After the guided tour, a prebooked charter bus will transport your group onward to the winery Punainen Tupa, where a traditional Finnish buffet lunch is served. The winery is situated in the rustic landscape among lush birches, only c. 5 kilometres from the Alajärvi centre. At the winery, you will also have a chance to buy and taste the wine while you enjoy the Finnish delicacies served during lunch. Their wine products, like Alvariini, are made of different kinds of berries or birch sap. Local products truly are one of the best souvenirs you could take home from Finland!
The day continues with a visit to Nelimarkka Museum. The Nelimarkka Museum in Alajärvi was founded by the painter and professor Eero Nelimarkka (1891-1977) in 1964. The building was designed by his friend, the architect Hilding Ekelund. Since 1995 it has functioned as the Regional Art Museum of Southern Ostrobothnia. It focuses on displaying regional ostrobothnian art but art education also plays an important role. Coffee and cake is served in the light atmosphere of Café de Nelimarkka.