Step into the fascinating masterpiece of functionalism by Aino and Alvar 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 there is also a Canteen Café at your service.
The 30-minute guided tour in the sanatorium includes selected spaces and a visit to the roof terrace. It is recommended to reserve at least 30 minute to explore Sanatorium Rooms exhibition on your own. The exhibition is included in the price. Feel free to take pictures during the tour.
Non-discount full price of this tour is 15 €.
Private tour (60 min) of Paimio Sanatorium takes you along the yellow stairs of the sanatorium up to the sun terrace, which offers views far into the horizon. Afterwards, you can explore the Rooms at the Paimio Sanatorium -exhibition (+30min) and the original 1930s and later 1970s hospital rooms on the first floor.
80 € guide fee, Non-discount full price of this tour is 25 €.
The 60-minute discursive guided tour includes the essential spaces of the sanatorium and a visit to the roof terrace. It is recommended to reserve at least 30 minutes to explore Sanatorium Rooms exhibition. The exhibition is included in the price. Feel free to take pictures during the tour.
Non-discount full price of this tour is 25 €.
The title says it all. Patient rooms of Paimio Sanatorium works as a narrator and narrative in this exhibition. In their almost 90 years of existence these rooms have seen so much, and now it is their time to share it. Exhibition concentrates in design and details, but stories around them arise in visitors mind. Includes experimental elements and possibility to see patient rooms in their old form. Exhibition is designed by Miina Karske and Martin Born in co-operation with Henna Helander.
The cost is 8€ , 5€ with discount. It is recommended to reserve at least 30 minutes to your visit. There is also an exhibition at the entrance hall which works as an introduction to the building. This part is free of charge.
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.
Paimio sanatorium is located at:
Alvar Aallon tie 275,
Tel: +35841 318 4431
from Helsinki 140 km
from Turku 30 km
from Paimio 3 km
When coming from Helsinki with your own car, choose junction 11 from the motorway, and continue 3 km soon after there will be a sign to Paimio sairaala (hospital), which is on Alvar Aalto Road. Directions will guide the visitor how to arrive in the landscape of Paimio Sanatorium.
There is a parking area in front of Paimio Sanatorium, where guests can park freely. Visitors are not allowed to park in front of the main building, but, if necessary, one can drive carefully and politely in the area.
When arriving from Turku it is worth checking the schedules of local buses operating between Turku and Paimio on Matkahuolto’s website (www.matkahuolto.fi). By local bus, the journey from Turku to Paimio takes about an hour. Some of the buses stop at the hospital, some in the center of Paimio, so it’s a good idea to check the route before the trip.
Express services between Helsinki and Turku stop at “Paimio – motorway (connection 11)”, which has the closest connection to Paimio Sanatorium. However, the distance is almost five kilometers, so ordering a taxi can be a good option. (Taxidata 021 0041)
Alvar Aallon tie 275, Paimio