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“Beautiful home of Aino & Jean Sibelius”

Ainola (Jean Sibelius House)
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Jarvenpaa
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New York City, New York
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful home of Aino & Jean Sibelius”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Me and my Mother-in-law spent a morning discovering this beautiful home of Aino and Jean Sibelius in Järvenpää, Finland. By car it was very easy to get there, but I could imagine it being slightly painful when (and if) using public transport.

The house itself is amazing, and having a guided tour even though we forgot to book it in advance was just a bonus. Got so much information about the family, about Jean and Aino... who is the heart and soul of this place. When stepping inside the house you can see the piano, portraits and famous fireplace but when going further inside... you just have to admire how creative Aino was when it comes to working solutions, interiors etc.

You have to stop by the Sauna and check out the garden!....And have delicious organic coffee at Kahvila Aulis... blueberry pie was divine as well!

Visited July 2013
2 Thank LondonEmma_86
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A genuine cafeteria”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Goodhome-made cakes, nice tea and coffee, easy and cosy atmosphere. It is situated by Sibelius house

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Kaisa I
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Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An unique visit to the surroundings of a world-class composer”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

The visit combined both the insight to Sibelius personal life and a historical view of Finnish rural life some hundred years ago. I would strongly recommend for all tourist. It's a must see place!

Visited July 2012
5 Thank Kenneth V
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El Jadida, Morocco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
“A pilgrimage”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

I came here as a callow youth of 18 in 1969, one who had hitch-hiked to Finland simply to come to the country of Sibelius. I had the effrontery to knock on the back door but I wasn't allowed in - a woman (a family member, I like to think) held up a a sign in 4 languages saying the house was private.

That has changed and although I visit Finland every year, last July was the first time I have been back.

Oh joy! It was wonderful. I still love Sibelius and to see his furniture, scores, TOOTHBRUSH(!!!!), bed and just the house was wonderful. The grounds, oh the grounds, and the simple grave in them which housed firstly the Master and then his wife. How appropriate a place to have composed such music. How tragic that it was where the 8th symphony was burned into ashes to disappear forever.

There's a cafe near the entrance and they were playing Lemminkainen and the Maidens from Saari when we went in to have a cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun.

It's going to stay with me forever.

Visited July 2012
5 Thank 549JohnW
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Melbourne, Australia
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“You can see and feel what inspired Sibelius”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Ainola is only open May-September. Follow previous reviewers' advice on how to get there, particularly the detailed instructions from MreMargaretRiver. Ignore the Lonely Planet advice. Take a train from Helsinki headed for Riihimäki - the slow H train stops at Kyrōla. This year, they left at 48 minutes past the hour and take about 25 minutes. At Kyrōla, the train to Helsinki stops at 43 minutes past the hour. It's a pleasant signposted walk to Ainola along a bitumen shared walking and bicycle path.

The entrance fee is €7 a ticket and there is a small, nice cafe in the entrance building.

Sibelius' house is beautiful in its understated, mellow wood lined rooms. There is his piano and editions of his music. His paintings and even their china. We were lucky enough to hear the end of a concert by an ensemble of young Helsinki musicians.

You can walk around the gardens and the woods and visit their sauna - and their simple grave.

This visit was a real highlight of our trip to Finland.

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Rarisang
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