Welcome to Paimio Sanatorium!

Step into the fascinating masterpiece of functionalism by Alvar and Aino Aalto. The Paimio sanatorium (1929-1933), which was built with the principles of humane modernisim, is perhaps the world’s best-known Finnish building. The warm atmosphere and characteristic feel of the place has carried the sanatorium through decades of change. The building and its surrounding nature has been designed to be a healing element in itself.

You can visit the Sanatorium by taking part in the tours and visiting the exhibitions. The outside can be explored freely or by following the Architectural path organized around the building. There is also a cultural path that takes you to the surrounding pine forest which is an integral part of the complex. During the visiting hours, Restaurant Toivo welcomes you to enjoy the lunch, dinner or just a cup of coffee.

Opening times
Tuesdays – Sundays
11.00 – 19.00

Guided tours, 90 min
11.30, 13.30, 15.30 (in English), 16.30

Guided tours, 60 min

Private tours on appointment

Closed on Midsummer 24. – 26.6.

Plan your visit

During the 90-minute guided tour, you dive into the architecture and design of Paimio Sanatorium as a healing instrument. You will explore the achitecture of the building and the many innovations that made it famous, and hear of the stories of former patients and employees of their colourful times in the sanatorium.


Our guide will take you to visit the roof terrace and introduce you to the first-ever scenic elevator in the Nordic countries. Along the staircase you arrive at our Rooms at Paimio Sanatorium exhibition that rounds off the tour with its presentation of extensive design, colour and furniture details. You will also visit the patients rooms from the 1930s and 1970s in their original condition.


After the guided tour, you can enjoy our other services, like shopping at Kauppa, staying and relaxing at restaurant Ravintola Toivo or just taking a walk around the Sanatorium and its forest.


The 90-minute tour ticket is 25 € per person (15 € reduced).


The 60-minute tour is a brief introduction to Paimio Sanatorium – an architectural pearl. During the tour you will hear stories of the Sanatorium’s daily life and achitecture as well as quickly visit to the roof terrace.


After the tour, you can explore Sanatorium Rooms exhibition. The exhibition provides you with the extensive design, colour and furniture details. You will also visit the patients rooms from the 30s and 70s in their original condition.


After the guided tour, you can enjoy Sanatoriums other services, i.g. doing shopping at Kauppa, stay and relax at restaurant Ravintola Toivo or just walk around at Sanatorium’s yard.


The 60-minute tour ticket is 15 € per person (10 € reduced).


We are also happy to tailor personalized guided tour for individuals or groups on your preferred date and time. Tour contents can, for example, be focused on the Sanatorium’s achitecture, history and living or the building’s structure. The tour can also be like a retreat – but a peaceful walk through the Sanatorium’s hallways and spaces. Please contact us to learn more about themes and special tour guides.


Tailored tours are offered in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian. Other languages on request.


The tailored tour fee is 25 € per person (15 € reduced) + 80 € guide fee. The maximum size of one tour group is 25.



+358 41 318 44 31

Rooms of the Paimio Sanatorium


The Rooms at Paimio sanatorium is an experiential exhibition about the architecture, design, community and isolated everyday life. During your visit you can experience the horizontal point of view of the patient, sit back and relax on the Paimio chair and test the silent wash basin by Alvar Aalto. In the exhibition you can familiarize with Aino and Alvar Aaltos thinking process of the architecture and co-operation with other professionals. Admire the beautiful colors of the sanatorium.


The origin of Aalto furniture: Pertti Männistö’s collection at Paimio Sanatorium


Over decades of travelling and research, Kaarina region-based collector Pertti Männistö has brought together the largest private collection of Aalto design in the world. In this, Männistö has especially focused on the origin of Aalto furniture design which is rooted in the design stage of Paimio Sanatorium in the years between 1928 and 1933.


The price for the entrance ticket is 10 €.
Children under 7 years free admission


The building is very special also from outside. You can explore the exterior freely or make a tour around it by following the Architectural path which gives you extra information and fun facts about the building. It is marked by flags with QR codes.

The surrounding pine forrest is also an essential part of the Sanatorium complex. The Paimio Sanatorium nature trail (2,2km) starts from the Chief Physician’s apartment, close to the parking lot of the current Preitilä kindergarten. The trail takes the visitor to the sanatorium’s fairytale forest, where a clear-water creek is bubbling amidst mossy rocks. The path passes a small pumping station designed by Alvar Aalto. The pumping station is still in operation and still provides irrigation water for the sanatorium garden.


Visitors should note that, there is one difficult section on the way, right after the pumping station sign. A campfire place is along the trail. Firewood is not available on behalf of the sanatorium.


In addition, there is a shorter, one-kilometer (1 km) version of the Sanatorium Trail.  The trail is open for customers on our opening hours. 


Passers-by are asked to take the covid-19 situation into account in encounters as well as to maintain safety clearances in the shed.

Journey info


Paimio Sanatorium
Alvar Aallon tie 275
21540 Paimio

Opening times

Tuesday – Sundays
11.00 – 19.00

Guided tours, 90 min
11.30, 13.30, 15.30 (in English), 16.30

Guided tours, 60 min

Private tours on appointment

Closed on Midsummer 24. – 26.6.



Near the main entrance there are two parking areas where visitors can park freely. Buses have designated parking area.


Accessible entrance is located behind the main building. Driving in front of main entrance is allowed. Guided tours are accessible.

Public transport

Regional bus trips from Turku center take about an hour. Lines 705 and 706 arrive in front of Paimio Sanatorium, lines 703 and 704 stop in the center of Paimio, a short 3 km walk or taxi ride away.

Bus services from Helsinki arrive at exit 11 of national road 1 / E18. The stop is called “Paimio th L” and located about 5 km from Paimio Sanatorium, which can be walked or bridged by taxi.

Bus services Turku – Paimio Sanatorium
Föli, Turku regional transport

Bus services Helsinki – Paimio
Matkahuolto, national bus services

Taxi 0200 10041 (+358 600 14121)
Taxidata, regional provider (call charges 2,00 € + operator fees)