If you are interested in architecture, and especially Alvar Aalto’s architecture, the city of Jyväskylä is a must to visit. You will find here the largest number of buildings (all together 28) in the whole world designed by the architect and academician Alvar Aalto. These buildings are eg. the Alvar Aalto Museum, Muurame Church, Säynätsalo Town Hall, which is regarded as one of Aalto’s finest works and Muuratsalo Experimental House.
The Muuratsalo Experimental House is really interesting place to visit. It used to be a summer house for Alvar Aalto and it still is a summer house for his family. It is really a great place for a summer house since it is located on a beautiful spot by lake Päijänne. It is called an Experimental House because Aalto experimented with various materials, techniques, forms and dimensions when designing Muuratsalo Experimental House. In the same location you will find a beautiful smoke sauna with lot of details and a boat designed by Aalto. The Alvar Aalto Museum organizes guided tours in an Experimental House There every summer. The latest is 8th of September.
During the summer season you have various options to visit Alvar Aalto locations. One of most interesting way to visit eg. Säynätsalo Town hall is by a Houseboat. On the way you can enjoy the views of the lake Päijänne and relax in a summer cottage like milieu. If you are afraid of boating by yourself the option is to take a cruise by S/S Suomi boat. In fact Alvar Aalto also travelled to Säynätsalo by this same boat.
Of course you will see Alvar Aalto’s locations at the winter season as well. There are many option how you will find the locations. You can upload an architectural map of the destinations, read more about all the destinations at the Jyväskylä area, book guided tours (walking tours or bus tours) or do a bike journey through Alvar Aalto’s designed buildings. The best way to learn more about Alvar Aalto is to visit Alvar Aalto Museum. The museum has a lovely Café and a design shop with Artek and other impressive Finnish design treasures.
Welcome to visit the Capital City of Alvar Aalto!