Guided Alvar Aalto bus tours

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Aalto Bravo

The architect Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä – a prophet in his own land! This claim is realized on the guided Aalto Bravo bus tour, which provides an acquaintance with Aalto’s production over a period of almost sixty years. There are examples of the classicism embraced in his youth right through to the powerful, mature design language of his latter years. We also treated to stories about the phases of Aalto’s life and the nature of the man himself – not forgetting his talented wives, Aino and Elissa. We see places where he has lived, lines that he has drawn and marks that he has left on the Jyväskylä cityscape. We pay a visit to Säynätsalo, ”the Tahiti of Lake Päijänne” as well as Muurame Church, which was re-opened a short time ago refurbished in 1920s style. The tour ends at the Alvar Aalto Museum, the authentic environment of which also presents a fine opportunity to enjoy Aalto coffee and cake. Note that the Alvar Aalto museum is closed due to renovations until 2023.

Aalto-designed locations on the tour:
the administrative and cultural centre, Seminaarinmäki, Säynätsalo town hall, Muurame church and the Alvar Aalto Museum.

Duration:
2,5 hours

Price:
Guiding from 165 €/group 1-60 persons (weekdays), bus from 264 € (for further details please visit: https://visitjyvaskyla.fi/en/guided-tours/guidance-tariffs/)

Tour recommended particularly for:
culture fans and all those interested in architecture and history.

At extra charge:
a chance to enjoy Alvar Aalto cake and coffee/tea at the Alvar Aalto Museum at the end of the tour (4 € per person).

Spirito Aalto

In the creative atmosphere surrounding Alvar Aalto Jyväskylä has acquired a great deal of interesting architecture. On this tour the life’s work of Alvar Aalto and his contemporaries is complemented by an introduction to Jyväskylä’s own, internationally acclaimed take on urban design and the buildings that took shape here on both sides of the millennium. Architecture associated with education and culture, bridges, the wood industry, local government and residential projects has been contributed by numerous fine architects, including Wivi Lönn, Elsi Borg, Arto Sipinen, Kirsti Siven and Asko Takala as well as Anssi Lassila. The locations are toured by bus with a chance to take a closer look on foot in selected places.

The chief locations visited:
Jyväskylä City Theatre, the Seminaarinmäki campus of the University of Jyväskylä and the residential areas close to it, Tau-lumäki Church, the museums in Ruusupuisto, Kuokkala Church and a wooden apartment block – Puukuokka – winner of the prestigious Finlandia Prize for Architecture.

Duration: 1,5 hours

Price:
Guiding from 120 €/group 1-60 persons (weekdays), bus from 264 € (for further details please visit: https://visitjyvaskyla.fi/en/guided-tours/guidance-tariffs/)

Tour recommended particularly for:
culture fans and all those interested in architecture and history.