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798mikem
Alexandria, VA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
A must see if your into Finnish design. A beautiful house and museum set on the lake. Very detailed back store about 3 Finnish designers (Saarien, Lindgren, Gesellius) who used this as a summer house for inspiration. If the weather is nice - enjoy s stroll down by the lake. Getting there will mean either renting a car, or taking a train+taxi ride from the station (about 10 minutes) the small store at the train station will call you a cab for 1 Euro. The cab ride is about 15 Euro - ask for the desk at the museum to call a return cab when you are done.
Written July 5, 2013
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iranison
Los Angeles, CA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
Hvittrask is located outside of town a bit, but it is worth the visit. If you appreciate design, in particular, this should be on your hit list. It was one of the best things I saw during 3 days in the Helsinki area.

This was the home and studio of three renowned Finnish architects for parts of their lives. It was most famously inhabited Eliel Saarinen (father of Eero). It has since become government property and converted to a museum. The home is on a beautiful and immaculately preserved property. The gardens are lovely. The home itself is very interesting to walk through. You can appreciate the progressive design sensibilities of its notorious inhabitants in each room. The architects' actual studio space was one of my favorite spaces.

If you're up for it (and the weather is good!), there's a lake down behind the property that is open for a swim.
Written August 14, 2012
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JohntheFinn
Helsinki, Finland12,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Contrary to the information provided by TripAdvisor, Hvitträsk is 30 km outside Helsinki, in Kirkkonummi, The complex was built to house the pioneering architect-partners Gesellius, Lindgren, and Saarinen, who were responsible for many of the impressive art nouveau buildings in Helsinki and elsewhere in Finland. The Finnish variant of art nouveau, called the national romantic style, drew some of its inspiration from medieval castles and this shows up in the chunky and decorative design of Hvitträsk. In these surroundings, talented men changed the face of cities, boozed, and swapped wives. Don't miss the iron 'drinking rings' by the fireplace in the main room - it was said that if you could stay on your feet while holding onto one of these, you were not yet drunk.
The hilltop site offers some fine views of lakes and forest.
There is a café and restaurant in one of the buildings.
Written September 29, 2009
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PhyllisFP
Baltimore, MD247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Architecture fans should definitely make the trip, especially if you're a Frank Lloyd Wright or Eero Saarinen fan or have any interest in Arts & Crafts or Art Nouveau (e.g., if you love Barcelona). It was also nice to get out of Helsinki and into the beautiful Finnish countryside.

We took the train to Luoma (definitely no taxis there--barely a train station) and walked about a half hour on the country roads. It's uphill and there is no shoulder once you turn off the main road, but there are signs and not a lot of car traffic. There is both a cafe and a restaurant. Tip: It's worth watching the beginning of the video in the basement because it shows what it's like to arrive in the winter by horse.
Written August 16, 2015
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CrofK
Vancouver BC23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Hvittrask is built above a lake; it's a compound of buildings first designed and occupied by three Finnish architects about a century ago. But it doesn't feel dated at all--it's as "modern" in its sensibility as the gleaming buildings of downtown Espoo, nearby. It's fascinating to see how the architects used Finnish styles and motifs, and how confidently they did so. They both lived and worked here, and I intensely envied them.

After touring the buildings, we had a delicious meal in the adjacent restaurant. A wedding had just taken place in the small formal garden, and the reception was going on in an adjacent room--the quietest wedding party I've ever heard!

If you can get out of Helsinki, especially on a sunny day, by all means visit Hvittrask.
Written October 1, 2013
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saivayrynen
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
We combined the museum visit with a cycling tour from Helsinki. You have a number of options to get there by bike, and you can have a different route for your return.

The museum is a wonderful example of the neo-national romantism style in architecture, and the surrounding nature is absolutely great on a sunny summer day.

There is a restaurant with à la carte lunch, and a small café with fresh cakes and salty snacks. For a lunch, you can also have a light meal in the café.
Written July 17, 2012
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illinoistraveler2016
Bloomington, IL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is a beautiful home and studio built and used by Saarinen and two other architects. The furniture and tapestries are works of art, and the guide explains many anecdotes. I have come before by bus but am not sure if that is still possible; we came by car, this time. It is set on a cliff overlooking forest and water, with a path leading down to the private dock and sauna.
Written August 24, 2018
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Martchas
Kotka, Finland16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Beautiful place to spend a hour or two in nature. The architecture in the house is interesting but you will need to know something about Finnish art history to really appreciate it. The cafe and restaurant are good quality at reasonable prices
Written October 25, 2016
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Helen K
Oxford, England, United Kingdom254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015
Hvitrask is exquisite. A group of architects lived here and the design of the whole building is wonderful. There are motifs in the main rooms which are picked up in miniature in the charming nursery, and the jugenstil of the buildings and contents combines traditional Finnish folk character with pleasing early 20C design. I never tire of the place, and like so many Finnish houses, the light is excellent, and the views over the lake just stunning. It is not easily reached, but so worth a visit.
Written September 19, 2015
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Nina H
Kirkkonummi, Finland1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
A well maintained garden around the magnific building, former home of world known architects, and then the really fantastic nature... Forest, cliffs, the beautiful lake. Even if you don't have time to go inside the fine museum, you should really visit this place just to take a walk in the surroundings.
Written May 20, 2015
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