Turku - the historical centre of Finland

Stay & Eat in Turku
You’ll find eateries of all sorts, from trendy cafés and English-style pubs to specialty restaurants and seafood joints. Turku is also known for its many boat restaurants and floating eateries, most of which change every summer. affordable, are the place to go. 

Turku has a cultural identity as Finland's historical centre, as it was the largest city in the country. It was also the capital from 1809 to 1812 after which time Helsinki was made the capital. It also hosted the country's first university, The Royal Academy of Turku

Turku, founded in the 13th century, is the oldest and fifth largest city in Finland, at the mouth of the Aura river. Turku is the capital city of both the region of Finland Proper and the province of Western Finland. Turku has one of the largest Finland-Swedish populations in the country.

the Aura river, the Castle and the Cathedral of Turku
Wiev of the Aura river, the Castle and the Cathedral of Turku

Turku the European Capital of Culture 2011 >>> Read more...

You can find inexpensive restaurants and good accommodation in the Turku City. You can also get close to the sea by going along with Archipelago, which stretches over 200 km of bridges and islands. Here you can stay overnight in high-quality and friendly hotels, cottages or B & B

 >>> Culture highlights in Turku

Stay & Eat
You’ll find eateries of all sorts, from trendy cafés and English-style pubs to specialty restaurants and seafood joints. Turku is also known for its many boat restaurants and floating eateries, most of which change every summer. affordable, are the place to go.

Turku is always pleasant and highly sociable with it's exciting history and culture


Churches

Castles

Arts & Culture

Museums

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 Adventures


Väski Adventure
Väski Adventure Island in Naantali. Phone +358 (0)2    511 1111

The Moomin world
Visit the Moomin World Theme Park in Naantali. Phone +358 (0)2 511 1111

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Turku (or "Åbo" in Swedish) was the principal town in Finland when the country was a province of Sweden, losing its status in 1812, along with most of its buildings in a ferocious fire soon after – occurrences that clearly improved the place. Turku is an important cultural and historical center and always pleasant and highly sociable with it's exciting history and culture.

Photo: Destination Finland Seaside Kb


The Cathedral of Turku
The Cathedral of Turku is the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland. It is also regarded as one of the major records of Finnish architectural history.

The Turku Castle
The Turku Castle, (Finnish: Turun linna, Swedish: Åbo slott) is a monument of Finnish history situated in the city of Turku in Finland.

The Old Great Square
The Turku historical Old Great Square. The historical and cosy surroundings of the Old Great Square.

Åbo Svenska Teater
Åbo Svenska Teater is a Finland-Swedish theatre in the city of Turku in Finland and the oldest theatre in the country, founded in 1839. The building is also the oldest still functioning theatre house in Finland. Åbo in the name "The Swedish theatre of Åbo" is the Swedish name of the city of Turku. (website in Swedish). Read more...

The Sibelius museum
Sibelius museum is the only museum totally devoted to music in Finland. The museum building, designed by Woldemar Baeckman, is one of the most original Finnish creations of the 1960s.

The Turku Art Museum
The Turku Art Museum, a central part of the art life in Turku since 1904, has been re-opened to the general public in 2005.

The Tuku Market Hall
The Tuku Market Hall - Turun Kauppahalli -We have a handful of restaurants, wonderful scents, a pleasant atmosphere

The Forum Marinum Museum
Forum Marinum is the result of the systematic development of the maritime museum functions in the Turku area.

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, the museum of history and contemporary art, is an unique cultural attraction in Turku

"Ett hem" Museum
"Ett Hem". In their will Alfred and Hélène Jacobsson donated their 19th century house to Åbo Akademi as a museum. The idea was to preserve the atmosphere of upper class life in Åbo/Turku.

The  Biological Museum of Turku
The Biological Museum of Turku is a museum of natural history established in 1907. The museum has 13 different nature sceneries with animals on display. Destination for study excursions of nature and cultural history.

Kustö - Kuusito Castle
Kuusisto Castle was a medieval episcopal castle on an island of Kuusisto in Kaarina, Finland, Turku archipelago. The castle was built in the early 14th century, although the site seems to have been bishop's residence already in the 1290s.

 
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