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Säynätsalo town hall (1949–52)

Kuvat: Alvar Aalto-museo, Maija Holma

Kuvat: Alvar Aalto-museo, Maija Holma

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Photos: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto museum

Constructed between 1949 and 1952, Säynätsalo Town Hall is among Alvar Aalto’s most significant works. It holds a special status in the history of twentieth-century architecture. This unique building attracted attention even at the construction stage. Since completion, the building has attracted visitors from all over the world: groups of students and architects as well as individual visitors. Today, about 3,000–4,000 people visit the site every year. Some say that the town hall has made Säynätsalo the best-known island in Finland internationally. Source: www.jyvaskyla.fi/saynatsalo/english/townhall

An invitational competition was held for the design of Säynätsalo Town Hall in 1949. Aalto created a distinctive monument for the small municipality of Säynätsalo. This castle-like red brick building has an elevated courtyard with entrances to the administrative offices and the library. Located higher than the rest of the building, the council chamber dominates the area. The building also has apartments and commercial facilities, some of which have been converted for other purposes. Aalto monitored the construction of the town hall with great care. It is regarded as one of his main works. Source: Alvar Aalto Museum

Säynätsalo Town Hall is open
1.5. – 31.8.2017 Mon - Fri klo 12 – 18, Sat - Sun 14 – 18.
1.9. – 30.9.2017 Tue, Fri, Sun klo 14 – 18. 

Entrance fee to the Town Hall is 8 €/person, 4 €/child and 20 € family ticket 1-2 adults + children. Entrance fee contains short guiding to the 2nd and 3rd level of the building.

If you want to enter the building outside the opening hours, call Mr. Harri Taskinen GSM +358 40 1971 091.

The Säynätsalo Town Hall has two single rooms and two larger apartments available for visitors for both short and long term stay. More information here and booking at booking.com tai AirBnb

Online presentation: www3.jkl.fi/saynatsalo/townhall

Bus connections
Buses 16 and 16M from Kauppatori, Jyväskylä Market Place to Säynätsalo every half an hour.


Contact information

Parviaisentie 9,
40900 Säynätsalo, Jyväskylä
tel. +358 40 1971 091



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EUROWALKER 6/17/16 10:06 AM

Hello from Tokyo, Japan
Two of my guests would like to stay at Saynatsalo Town Hall on the 8th September.
Is it possible to stay one night ?
I could not find any accomodation information of this Town Hall.

Your kind information would be very much appreciated.

Best regards,
Kaz Kamata

6/17/16 1:51 PM


At the moment Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä takes care of the guest rooms. Inquiries can be sent to museum@alvaraalto.fi.

I will answer you by email regarding the reservation.

Sunny regards from Finland!

Pia Poskiparta
Alvar Aalto Museum

Contact information

The symbols indicate the distance from Kompassiaukio (Compass Square) in the centre of Jyväskylä. (Source: Google Maps)
23 min

Parviaisentie 9,
40900 Säynätsalo, Jyväskylä
tel. +358 40 1971 091

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  • Guides by arrangement