How to get to Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio town is located approximately 140 kilometers away from Helsinki city center and 30 km from Turku. Paimio Sanatorium is approx 3 km away from Paimio town center.

You can reach Paimio with a car or by public transport.

Paimio Sanatorium exact street address is Alvar Aallontie 275. Please note that you can only visit the building with a guided tour.  For more information on the tours: Paimio Sanatorium guided tours

Public transport from Helsinki:  Express buses from Helsinki to Paimio stop at a bus stop called ”Paimio th, moottoritie (liittymä 11)” or “Paimio motorway junction 11”. Bus schedules can be found at Matkahuolto site.

The motorway junction is approx 5 km away from the Sanatorium. There is a pedestrian walk way all the way, if you wish to walk, but it is also possible to take a taxi. Order taxi by dialling number +358 21 0041.

Note: there is limited availability of taxis so pre-ordering is advisable.

From Helsinki, you can also take a train or a bus to Turku, and enjoy the oldest town in Finland and it also has some Alvar Aalto attractions, along with the historical ones.

Public transport from Turku:  To get to the Sanatorium from Turku you can take a local bus to Paimio. Please note that the schedule for the bus is very irregular, especially during the summer. It takes approx. 1 hour to travel. Please check the timetables in advance at or at Turku region traffic site, fö

Some local buses take you directly to the Sanatorium (stop is called Paimion sairaala) but some of them only stop at the centre of Paimio, approximately 3 kilometres away from the Sanatorium. From the centre you walk (pedestrian walkways all the way,) or you can call a taxi by dialling number +358 21 0041.

Note, that the Sanatorium is called Paimion parantola in Finnish , but the road signs and the timetables often state: Paimion sairaala (Paimio hospital). It is the same place.

Private car: if you arrive by car, there is a parking place next to the Sanatorium (market with P).

If you wish, we can help you with your transport needs. Whether you need a bus for the group or a private car for a smaller group. We can also make public transport and taxi reservations for you.

Contact us for more information.


Christmas themed walks in Turku

Come and join our Christmas themed walks in Turku during the holidays. Find out how Finns celebrate Christmas.

ChristmasWalk Extra  on Christmas Day and Boxing Day

We will start the walk with a brief tour of the  Turku Cathedral. Then we continue along the river and towards the modern centre.
You will hear stories about Turku, past and present, and about Finnish Christmas traditions.

Remember to dress according to weather. Warm clothing is a must!

On Christmas Day 25.12. at 3 pm

On Boxing Day 26.12.  at 3 pm

Start: Turku Cathedral steps (Turun tuomiokirkko)
Duration: approx 1.5 h

Tickets 15 e per person, from our webshop

(Tours in Finnish, check here / Suomenkielisistä kierroksista lisätietoja täältä)


Alvar Aalto Week 23.8.-1.9.2019

We have a special Alvar Aalto Week in Turku and Paimio this August.

For more information on the whole program of the week see here:

Magni Mundi has several tours in English during the week, check out the program here:

Bryggman Institute has an international mini-seminar on Finnish Modernism on the 30th August. More information here:,Detail/

The Evidence: Healthy Architecture Discussion event at Paimio Sanatorium

UPDATE:  This program is now available at BBC World Service online service:



On Sunday 7th April at 15.00-16.30

BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection present The Evidence: Healthy Architecture in collaboration with Paimio Sanitorium and Magni Mundi

Come and listen in to the recording of a BBC World Service radio programme exploring the Paimio TB Sanitorium from an architectural, historical and contemporary health perspective. This discussion event is inspired by Wellcome Collection’s  recent ‘Living with Buildings’ exhibition, which explored the relationship between architecture and health. There will be the opportunity for the audience to join the conversation and ask their questions.

Confirmed speakers:
Heini Hakosalo, Tommi Lindh and Laura Arpiainen

This programme is part of ‘The Evidence, a series produced by the BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection to explore the challenges our world face today. The recordings of The Evidence 2019 will be broadcast on the BBC World Service on 20 April, 27 April and 4 May.

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library in London that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. Their recent Living with Buildings exhibition featured the  Paimio Sanitorium, including a new artist commission by Giles Round. Their Global Clinic exhibition is open until 24 April.

Free event, only limited number of seats available. Pre-booking mandatory: Book your seat for the discussion event here

The Discussion Event will be preceded by guided tours starting at 13.00. Magni Mundi  is organising tours both in English and in Finnish.  More information on tours here.

Book your guided tour here

Paimio Sanatorium -Theme Tours

In addition to our Standard tour, it is possible to book a themed tour at the Sanatorium. Choose your favourite from the themes below.

Theme Tours 

Young architects Alvar and Aino Aalto
Your guide tells you more about the ideals behind the architecture. Alvar and Aino were about 30 years old while designing Paimio Sanatorium. Why have they chosen these railings, windows or door handles for this building? What is the idea behind these various forms?

Furniture at Paimio Sanatorium
Paimio Sanatorium was finished two years before Artek – furniture company was founded. Aaltos designed all the furniture, lamps and so on for this large building. During  this theme tour we concentrate on details of the furniture and talk about manufacturing. Why are there so many different chairs?

Cultural history of Sanatorium
What was is like to be a patient at Paimio Sanatorium in different decades? What was Finland like in 1930s when the Sanatorium was built and how is it reflected on the architecture? Your guide will tell you stories about how  alcohol was smuggled to the Sanatorium and how people living around the Sanatorium felt about it. 

Tuberculosis and its treatments
This theme concentrates on medical side of the Sanatorium history. What kind of disease is tuberculosis and how was it treated in different decades? What was it like to be a patient at Paimio Sanatorium? How architecture would help to fight this deadly disease?

Duration of a theme tour is 2 hours.

More info on all the tours

Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio Sanatorium - Paimion parantola

Experience Alvar Aalto’s modern masterpiece with all your senses.

Paimio Sanatorium was finished at 1933 and it functioned as tuberculosis sanatorium for decades. It is a masterpiece by Alvar Aalto. Building itself is a healing element.

On our tour you’ll get to see this wonderful architecture from inside and also furniture and lamps that were designed for this building. Sanatorium was designed to be completely functional – for patients and staff both. Even colors follow the function of the room.

All tours with the guide! Without a guide admiring the building outside is possible, but remember NOT to take any photos of the people there. You can take photos of the building, but there can’t be any people in your photos that can be even remotely identified. This rule is strict to protect families staying in Sanatorium. Inside only entrance hall is public space.

See more information about the guided tours here.

The Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Children and Young People Mannerheim League for Child Welfare started at the Paimio Sanatorium on 1st of April 2014.

The Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Children and Young People was established in 2000 by the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare. Both the League and the Foundation are non-profit-making, non-governmental organizations concerned with child welfare and child protection as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of Children and in the objectives of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

The Foundation’s work concentrates on children and young people with chronic illnesses, injuries or psychosocial and developmental disorders and on their families.

Contact us to arrange your visit at Paimio Sanatorium!

Turku Region

Turku is the oldest town of Finland, with a nearly 800 year history to explore. The town was established by the River Aura, which is still the major attraction of the downtown Turku.

A walk by the river, what ever time of the year, will give you an idea of the town and it’s history and present. Culture, merchandise, ideas and people arrived to this part of world along the river and spread from here all over the country.

The region of Finland was governed from Turku for hundreds of years, until 1812, and this was the starting point  and cradle for many an institution, phenomena and invention.

Turku and the nearby councils have a lot to offer for the traveller.  Whether you are looking for history, culture, architecture, nature, culinary or any other kind of experiences, Turku Region has most of it.

Images of Turku