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)


Paimio Sanatorium guided tours

Visit Paimio Sanatorium on our guided tours. There are several options, duration from one to two hours. Private tours are arranged per order, please contact us for booking.

Note: you need to participate on a guided tour to visit the Sanatorium.


Standard tour 1.5 h

90 € (1–6 persons).
7 or more persons 15 € / person.

Highlights tour 1 h

75 € (1–5 persons).
Only for 1-5 persons. We’ll visit as many rooms as the time allows.
Note! Guide is booked for 60 minutes only. If you arrive 10 mins late, your tour will be 50 mins.

Themed tour 2 h

120 € (1–6 persons).
7 or more persons 15 € / person + 30 € single payment.

Choose theme of four different choices: Theme Tours

Payment via our web shop or in cash. Invoicing  by prior agreement.
Please contact us for more details.

Starting location:  Paimio Sanatorium main entrance, outside.

Languages:  Finnish and English.  Also available, with limitations: Swedish, German, Italian.

All private tours have to be pre-booked. There is no one at the Sanatorium on stand-by. 

Address: Alvar Aallontie 275, Paimio



Public tours for 2020 will be announced later. 

The public tour is approx 1.5 hours long, and possibly bilingual (Finnish-English). Cost 15 e per person. No charge for children under 12 years.

Tickets should be prebooked at our webshop.

Please contact us for more information: sales (at)
Additional contact information and contact form on the Contact page.

More information of the Sanatorium itself here.

Alvar Aalto in Turku

Alvar Aalto, Aino Marsio-Aalto and Erik Bryggman are behind the change from classical architecture to modern. Finland’s first modern buildings were built in Turku.

You will see three buildings Aaltos designed in Turku center – Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building, Tapani building apartment house and Turun Sanomat newspaper building. You will also see some buildings from Erik Bryggman that were built at the same period as Aalto’s buildings.

Listen to stories about Aaltos time in Turku, how their designs change from classical style to modernism while they’re working on buildings in Turku. You will see some buildings in transition and some completely modern buildings, designs following all Le Corbusier’s five principles.

Duration: 1, 5 h

Price:  110 euro per group (1-25 persons)

Note: the tour is mostly outdoors, remember to dress according to weather!

It is possible to combine this tour with a visit to Paimio Sanatorium, and/or meal, overnight, other tours.

Please ask for more information!

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.

Tours in Paimio



Possible to arrange all year round.

We’ll visit local handcrafters and their workshops around Paimio. Possibility to buy handicrafts and art during our tour. Tour either starts or ends at Handicraft museum Miila where you’ll have a guided tour.

Duration of this tour depends on how many places you’d like to visit.


Possible to arrange June-August.

This tour takes you to see beautiful countryside, statue forest by local artist and shopping in farms. You can buy local products from where they are produced.

In the middle of this tour we visit a small café with wonderful garden.


Possible to arrange all year round.

You can book this tour separately or connect this as part of your “Day at Paimio” -package.

Paimio has long history from Stone Age to modern time. It used to be a market place for traders from Estonia, Germany and so on – already long before Turku, Finland’s oldest city, was founded. With this tour you’ll visit three church places, wonder weird street names and see the mountain where giants live. Guide will tell you the most interesting things of Paimio you didn’t know you wanted to know.


Walking tours are 2-3 km long and there are benches where you can sit while listening the guide.


Possible to arrange all year around.

Guide leads you to see city as living and ever-growing entity with buildings from many centuries coming together and forming a unique city center.  Buildings in Paimio center range from 17th century to present day – oldest building is our church and newest the parish office.


Possible to arrange all year around.

With a guide you get to hear stories behind statues at city center. Many statues represent some bigger fenomena so with this tour you don’t only learn who made what and when but also lots about Finnish culture.



Includes Paimio Sanatorium, Electricity Museum, Handicraft Museum Miila, lunch and one guided tour of your choosing. It can be “history of Paimio” -bus tour, one of our walking tours, visiting a hydroelectric plant or something completely different. Contact us and we’ll make your day at Paimio unforgettable!


We organize guided tours at the Paimio Sanatorium. For more information click here.