Experience Alvar Aalto's story
Explore with me Alvar Aalto and Finnish nature.
Available in Finnish and English
7 spots per experience
May - September
What are we going to do
You can start the Aalto Experience at the Jyväskylä Center (Travel Center, "Matkakeskus") at 12.00, Aalto Museum (12.10) or from Säynätsalo (12.25). First stop (12.30) is the summer house of Aalto: the Experimental House (1952-53). Experimental House is in the middle of wild forest and we need to hike a couple of hundred meters before entering the building. If the season is right you are able to eat some wild blueberries on the way (wintertime Experimental House visit is replaced with a visit to Muurame Church). After exploring the Experimental House we visit (14.30) one of the most important buildings by Aalto: Säynätsalo Town Hall (1949-52). You may also want to taste fresh pastries and cakes of the Town Hall Café and Bakery (not included). After the guided tour you have a good time to explore the building of your own. Then (16.00) we head our tour to the Jyväskylä center where we find the University Campus. We get to know the Main Building (1954-56), depending on summer opening hours and walk around the campus (1951–71) ending (17.00) to the Alvar Aalto Museum (1973). At the Museum there is Café Alvar where you can have a cup of coffee or late lunch (not included). After exploring the Museum of your own our tour ends to the Travel Center or to Säynätsalo on your choice. Tour lasts 5-6 intensive hours!
About Harri - the Doer
I live inside the community of Säynätsalo. We on the islands breathe the surrounding nature and heritage of Alvar Aalto. The Airbnb inside the Town Hall is one of our activities. I guide visitors at the Säynätsalo Town Hall as the main business but also in other Aalto sites around Jyväskylä e.g. the Experimental House. I have taxi permission so it is easy to reach different Aalto sites with me. It is also possible to add more time for exploring the fresh Finnish nature.
Experimental House is in the middle of a forest so you are advised to take good shoes.
Thank you for first class Mother's Day event! My children enjoyed it as much as I did🇫🇮
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