To continue the Aalto journey from the Helsinki region to Lakeland, take a 1-hour train from to the city of Lahti. In Lahti, you'll find the Church of the Cross, one of Aalto's last designs. View train schedules and tickets from Helsinki to Lahti at vr.fi.
Church of the Cross by Alvar Aalto
The impressive tower of the Church of the Cross, built in 1978, rises from the old Kolkanmäki church site. This vital element of the Lahti cityscape is the creation of Alvar Aalto and elegantly mirrors the City Hall – located across the market square – designed by Eliel Saarinen, another master architect.
From Lahti, head 3.5 hours north to the city of Jyväskylä, where you’ll find 29 works by Aalto, the most in any city in the world. VR’s direct train connection will take you from Lahti to Jyväskylä quickly and comfortably.
Aalto Forte - walking tour
You could call the Lakeland region the capital of Alvar Aalto's architecture. Explore the world’s most representative cross-section of Aalto-designed buildings, starting from with examples of Classicism, then with Functionalism and continuing through the white marble and red brick periods.
In the Footsteps of Alvar Aalto - Tour at Säynätsalo Town Hall
Säynätsalo Town Hall occupies a unique position in the history of modern architecture and is one of Aalto’s most significant works. During this tour, you’ll hear fascinating stories and facts about Aalto's life and architecture and learn about the history of Säynätsalo.