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Experience Alvar Aalto’s architecture in Jyväskylä

Location: Jyväskylä, Finland

Duration: 3 days

Sites: Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä, AaltoAlvari swimming hall, Säynätsalo Town Hall, Alvar Aalto Museum

Persons: Min. 10 persons

Available: All year

Accommodation: Included

Transportation: Not included

Themes: Churches, Classicism, Cultural buildings, Local products, Modernism, Museums, Office buildings, Restaurants, Schools, Swim

From 415 € per person

During the tour you will experience some of the most iconic built environments designed by Alvar Aalto in a city that has more than earned its epithet, the Alvar Aalto capital of the world.

Tour highlights:

  • Aalto Andante walking tour
  • Alvar Aalto Museum
  • Toivola Old Courtyard
  • Aalto Bravo bus tour

This tour in Jyväskylä takes you on a journey to a city featuring more works and designs from the different periods of the master architect’s career than any other location in the world. On this tour you will not only be seeing but also living the gems of Modernist architecture: sleep, eat and even swim within architecture.

During the tour you will experience some of the most iconic built environments designed by Alvar Aalto in a city that is called the capital city of Alvar Aalto’s architecture, as there’s the most Alvar Aalto building in the world. He opened his first office and started his family in Jyväskylä, he lived in the city for several years and built his beloved summer residence nearby. The city is also home to the world’s only Alvar Aalto Museum, which is located in a building designed by the architect himself.

During the tour, you will witness the different faces of Aalto’s oeuvre, from the early classicist style through the red-brick period to white monumentalism. Highlights of the tour include a stay in one of Aalto’s most significant works, Säynätsalo Town Hall, swimming in AaltoAlvari swimming hall, the oldest parts of which were designed by Aalto.

Säynätsalo Town Hall in Jyväskylä. Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola, Visit Jyväskylä

ユヴァスキュラにあるアルヴァ・アアルト・ミュージアム。写真: Janina Kastikainen(アルヴァ・アアルト財団)

Highlights of the tour include a stay in one of Aalto’s most significant works, Säynätsalo Town Hall, swimming in AaltoAlvari swimming hall, the oldest parts of which were designed by Aalto.
Jyväskylän työväentalo
Jyväskylä Workers' club building was the first notable public building that Alvar designed together with Aino. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, photo Maija Holma
ガイド付きツアーに参加することでミュージアムをさらに楽しみましょう。写真:Maija Holma(アルヴァ・アアルト財団)
ALVAR AALTO LOCATION-JYVÄSKYLÄ UNIVERSITY CAMPUS- students - PHOTO TERO TAKALO-ESKOLA
Jyväskylä University main building. Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola, Visit Jyväskylä
AaltoAlvari, Jyväskylä
In addition to various water sports available at Aalto's swimming hall, you can also relax in their spa section. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation
ALVAR AALTO LOCATION MUURAME CHURCH-PHOTO TERO TAKALO-ESKOLA
Alvar Aalto had made his first trip to Italy in 1924, and his travel impressions are much in evidence in the church of Muurame. Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola, Visit Jyväskylä

Programme by day

Day 1:

12:00 Arrival in Jyväskylä and check-in at Hotel Verso in the best location of the city (double/twin).

12:30 Lunch at Hotel Verso

13:30 Aalto Andante walking tour (2 hrs)

Our city guide will meet the group at the hotel lobby and take us on a walking tour around Aalto sites in Jyväskylä city centre. The tour will take you to the Workers’ Club, the administrative block (the theatre, police station, and municipal offices), the Defence Corps Building, and the Aalto Campus of the University of Jyväskylä. The tour ends at the Alvar Aalto Museum.

15:30 Alvar Aalto Museum, guided tour.

16:30 Coffee and cake à la Alvar at Café Alvar, which is furnished with Aalto designs.

Shopping at the museum’s design shop.

17:00 Leave for AaltoAlvari

After the museum tour, the guide will lead us to AaltoAlvari swimming pool, where we will be literally diving into Aalto’s architecture in the world’s only public municipal swimming pool designed by Aalto!

18:30 Return to the hotel

20:00 Dinner at Pöllövaari Restaurant

Enjoy the lovingly prepared delicious meals that take you on a journey of flavours from around the world, served by the friendly handpicked staff.

Breakfast and free morning.

Time for shopping.

The morning is free for independent exploring around Jyväskylä city centre.

Places to visit:

12:00 Bus transportation to Toivola Old Courtyard, the most beautiful shopping centre in the city.

Lunch.

After lunch, you will have the opportunity to browse the boutiques and visit the black smith shop, the craftsmen’s homes and Sparvin museum shop, all located around Toivola Old Courtyard.

14:00 Aalto Bravo bus tour

The guided bus tour departs from Toivola Old Courtyard and takes you through Alvar Aalto sites outside the city. The first point of interest is Muurame Church, followed by Säynätsalo Town Hall, fascinating piece of architecture, which is considered one of Aalto’s most significant and exciting designs. We will see how Aalto paid attention to the smallest of details, from design lighting fixtures to door handles, and we will also learn more about Alvar Aalto as an architect and private person.

19:00 Dinner at Restaurant Harmooni

8:00–10:00

Breakfast and check-out From here you may continue your journey to other Alvar Aalto cities.

 

Tour on the map

Sites included in this trip

Järvi-Suomen upea maisema Jyväskylässä, kuva Atacan Ergin

Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä

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 world-famous architect and academician Alvar Aalto. The impressive portfolio of 28 locations includes, for instance, the Alvar Aalto Museum, Muurame…

Järvi-Suomen upea maisema Jyväskylässä, kuva Atacan Ergin

AaltoAlvari swimming hall

Jyväskylä / 1954-56, 1964

AaltoAlvari is the only swimming hall designed by Alvar Aalto. AaltoAlvari also has a gym, sports hall and a cafeteria. AaltoAlvari is also part of the main campus of the Jyväskylä University campus that was designed by Aalto as well. The original design of the swimming hall is…

Järvi-Suomen upea maisema Jyväskylässä, kuva Atacan Ergin

Säynätsalo Town Hall

Jyväskylä / 1949-52

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 1952, the building is one of Aalto’s most admired designs. The dominant element of the building is the council chamber,…

Järvi-Suomen upea maisema Jyväskylässä, kuva Atacan Ergin

Alvar Aalto Museum

Jyväskylä / 1971-73

Alvar Aalto was commissioned to prepare drawings for Jyväskylä art museum, which were finished in autumn 1971. The building was completed in 1973. The Alvar Aalto Museum is sited on a slope leading down towards Lake Jyväsjärvi. Above a high, white-painted concrete plinth, the elevations of the Alvar Aalto Museum…

Information on this trip

Good to know

  • Tour available in English and German
  • The group will arrive on its own tour bus, which is available for transport between sites for the entire tour.
  • The route includes some stairs and walking. Suitable for guests with a reasonable level of fitness. Unfortunately, some sites on our tour are not fully accessible.
  • Tips for independent exploring

Included

  • Accommodation in double/twin room with breakfast at Hotel Verso for two nights
  • Guided Aalto tours (Aalto Andante and Aalto Bravo)
  • Admission fees to Alvar Aalto Museum, Aalto Alvari swimming hall and Säynätsalo Town Hall
  • 2 x lunch
  • 2 x three course dinner
  • 1 x coffee with cake

Excluded

  • Transfers
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks during meals
  • Optional activities and visits

Example price 415 € per person

Price is estimated for a group of 10 people.

Single supplement: 90 €/ person/ 2 nights

The availability of services and prices are verified at the time of booking, and they depend on the time of travel. The programme is provisional and can be modified according to customers’ suggestions.

All rights to amendments reserved. We comply with general package tour terms and conditions.

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Example price 415 € per person

Price is estimated for a group of 10 people.

Single supplement: 90 €/ person/ 2 nights

The availability of services and prices are verified at the time of booking, and they depend on the time of travel. The programme is provisional and can be modified according to customers’ suggestions.

All rights to amendments reserved. We comply with general package tour terms and conditions.

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