Sites: Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage, Erkkola, Tuusula Church, The Workers’ Home Museum , Vanhankylä Manor and Villa Cooper
When: In June and July (Please note that the church may not be open to the public on Saturdays!)
Arriving by train: Take commuter trains R or D to Järvenpää railway station. You may check the timetables at www.vr.fi . Hotel Scandic is located only a couple of minutes’ walk from the station.
10.15 Board the Visit Lake Tuusula bus at Järvenpää Railway Station
10.45 Hop off at the Erkkola and Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage Stop
Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage
Address: Rantatie, Tuusula.
This is the cottage where the Finnish national writer, Aleksis Kivi spent the last months of his live. This very modest cottage, where Aleksis Kivi died, indicates what the Tuusula Lake Road must have looked like before the famous villas were built and the artists’ community settled here. The joint ticket with Erkkola covers your entry.
You will probably also have time to visit nearby Erkkola:
Artist's Home Erkkola
Address: Rantatie 25, Tuusula.
This charming wooden villa is located on the Tuusula Lake Road, built by the poet and leading cultural figure, J. H. Erkko in 1902. It is located near the Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage. There is a museum shop. Museum Cards are accepted.
At around 12.07 hop on the Visit Lake Tuusula bus, bus stop: Erkkola & Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage)
At about 12.15 hop off at the Hotel Gustavelund bus stop (for lunch) or Tuusula Church
Lunch restaurant suggestion:
Address: Kirkkotie 36, Tuusula
Hotel Gustavelund has a long and colourful history. Gustavelund estate was first mentioned in mid-16th century and later on the place was home to famous military families. In the early 20th century all manner of fruit and vegetables were grown in Gustavelund’s large greenhouses and gardens for sale to numerous restaurants in Helsinki. In the 1930’s Gustavelund was opened as a hotel for the first time. The current building was built in 1965 and represents pure modernist design. All that is left of the old manor building is the pavilion on the shore of Lake Tuusula. A buffet lunch is available from 11 am to 2 pm (3pm on Saturdays) on the large terrace overlooking the lake.
Address: Kirkkotie 34, Tuusula
Website (in Finnish): https://www.tuusulanseurakunta.fi/94-tuusulan-kirkko
Please note that the church is open to the public from 4.6.2019 until 11.8.2019, from Monday to Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm and from 12 noon until 6pm on Sundays.
This beautiful cruciform church was completed in 1734 and the bell tower in 1746. The current colour scheme was planned by painter, Pekka Halonen in 1927. The church is surrounded by an old atmospheric graveyard, where both author, Aleksis Kivi and artist, Pekka Halonen, among others, are buried. War graves are situated between the church and Lake Tuusula.
Tuusula Workers’ Home Museum
Address: Kirkkotie 21, Tuusula
Website (in Finnish): http://www.tuusulantyolaiskotimuseo.fi
Please note that this museum is open in the afternoons only, in June and July!
The Workers’ Home Museum, located opposite Tuusula church, offers a peek into the world of traditional workers. This small museum features the homes of two craftsmen, a cobbler and a carpenter. The museum also features a smith’s workshop and changing exhibitions. Various demonstrations, from tar burning to smithery, provide a more extensive introduction into rural craft traditions.
At 14.45 hop on th Visit Lake Tuusula bus at the Tuusula church or Gustavelund (Kyöstinranta) bus stop
Time for a relaxing, sightseeing tour! The bus travels via the Anti-Aircraft Museum, Hyrylä bus station and the rural east side of Lake Tuusula to Vanhakylä Manor.
At 15.20 hop off at Vanhankylänniemi and Pytingin Putiikki
The owner of the Vanhankylä Manor in the 1600s was cavalry captain Nils Sålhana who was ennobled for his heroic war acts. The current manor house dates back to the mid-19th century. There is also a church boat here and a wooden windmill.
Pytingin Puoti Shop is located next to manor house. It offers unique, high quality, Finnish handicrafts. All products are designed and produced by a group of local artisans. Additionally, the shop and artisans offer workshops and shows to demonstrate both modern and traditional methods. Up in the attic of the shop you can also find the idyllic Pytingin Vintti gallery space where rotating exhibitions take place.
At 17.15 hop on the Visit Lake Tuusula bus at the Vanhankylä Manor bus stop.
The bus will take you to Järvenpää bus station. From Tuesday to Friday you can finish off your day at Järvenpää’s hidden gem, Villa Cooper!
At 16.50 dismount from the bus at Järvenpää town centre of Järvenpää Art Museum for the railway station.