The historic castle and cathedral point to the city’s rich cultural history when it was capital; but contemporary Turku, a European Capital of Culture in 2011, fizzes with museums, experimental art and a hectic festival calendar. It has its own TV station, and several of Finland’s writers and artists call it home.
As the first city many visitors see as they get off ferries from Sweden and Åland, it’s a splendid introduction to the mainland’s delights.
Turku destination guides
The Turku Archipelago
Island hopping by bike in the Turku Archipelago in Finland