Visit Paimio Sanatorium

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.

Opening hours:

Starting from 1st of September 

Thursday 13-19

Friday 11-18

Saturday 11-18

Sunday 11-17

The duration of the tour is 60 minutes. It includes a discursive guided tour in the sanatorium, a visit to the solarium terrace and our exhibition. The content of the tour changes slightly based on the route, guests’ interest and questions that come up during the tour. Feel free to take pictures and ask questions!

Non-discount full price of this tour is 15€


Reservations here

or via email

or via telephone +358 41 3184431

The duration or the tour is 90+ minutes. It includes broad guidance in the sanatorium and a visit to the solarium terrace. Content of the guidance includes sanatoriums design, achitecture, use, changes and cultural history. Feel free to take pictures and ask questions!

Non-discount full price of this tour is 25€ 


Reservations here

or via email

or via telephone +358 41 3184431

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,
21540 Preitilä

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 ( 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)

Paimio Sanatorium
Alvar Aallon tie 275, Paimio


+358 413184431

Do remember that there is plenty of interesting architectural site available for visiting. 


Introduce yourself to Alvar Aaltos work in Visit Alvar Aalto -website. Service is a product of Alvar Aalto Foundation

We work in co-operation with Turku regions own VisitTurku service.


There is lots of places to visit around us. Enjoy beautiful and fascinating Turku region.

Paimio town is growing small town, known from Sanatorium and great sporting possibilities, between Turku and Helsinki. See what Paimio has to offer for visitors.


Paimio town website