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Rosita does a one-hour cruise out to Vepsä Island (€12) three times daily from June to August, and occasional day-long adventures to...
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A brewery pub-restaurant with river frontage that would be a star attraction were it not for Koulu. Its stained glass and large dockside...
A pleasant stroll away from the centre, this summer pavilion, right on the riverbank, has a big à la carte menu of snacks, pasta, pizzas...
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Lonely Planet review
Set back from the river, this excellent maritime museum has a permanent exhibition in an old granary and modern new extension. It’s a comprehensive look at different aspects of ships and shipping, from scale models to full-sized vessels. Highlights include the hydrocopter, WWII torpedoes and multimedia displays, plus a cabin from a luxury cruise-liner, many of which were built in Turku.
Outside, anchored in the river, is a small fleet of museum ships , which you can climb aboard. The mine-layer Keihässalmi and the corvette Karjala take you back to WWII, while the graceful sweep of the full-rigger Suomen Joutsen hints at more-carefree prewar days. The beautiful three-masted barque Sigyn (moored 500m upstream) was originally launched from Göteborg in 1887 and has well-preserved cabins.
Inside the museum’s cafe-restaurant, you’ll find its namesake Daphne, a cute little boat that was home to author Göran Schild.