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Top Choice Brewpub in Turku

Panimoravintola Koulu

In a former school complete with inkwells, desks and a playground-turned-summer beer garden, this fantastic brewpub only serves its own brews – around five lager-style beers that change with the seasons, and a coupl…
Top Choice Museum in Turku

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Art and archaeology unite here under one roof. Aboa Vetus (Old Turku) draws you underground to Turku’s medieval streets, showcasing some of the 37,000 artefacts unearthed from the site (digs still continue). Back in…
Castle in Turku

Turun Linna

Founded in 1280 at the mouth of the Aurajoki, mammoth Turku Castle is easily Finland’s largest. Highlights include two dungeons and sumptuous banqueting halls, as well as a fascinating historical museum of medieval …
Top Choice Cathedral in Turku

Turun Tuomiokirkko

The ‘mother church’ of Finland’s Lutheran faith, Turku Cathedral towers over the town. Consecrated in 1300, the colossal brick Gothic building was rebuilt many times over the centuries after damaging fires.Upstairs,…
Top Choice International in Naantali

Uusi Kilta

Naantali's best restaurant has a sundrenched terrace overlooking the pier and a superb, mostly seafood-oriented menu of whitefish with warm apple and fennel salad, fried perch with crayfish and potato gratin, and ar…
Top Choice Finnish in Fiskars

Restaurant Kuparipaja

The terrace overhanging the river at the old copper forge is a mesmerising setting for a foray into Finnish gastronomy. Starters such as cured whitefish with Jerusalem artichoke crème, pickled cucumber and malt brea…
Top Choice Seafood in Hanko

På Kroken

With its own smokehouse and boat-fresh lobster and shellfish (it sells to Helsinki’s Hakaniemi market), På Kroken's yacht-shaped buffet teems with choices. If the restaurant's beyond your budget, its adjoining cafe …
Top Choice Museum in Kotka

Maritime Centre Vellamo

In a tanker-sized, wave-like building with walls of metal and printed glass and a rooftop stage, this state-of-the-art dockside museum recounts Finland’s seafaring life. The star exhibit is the Tarmo, the world’s ol…
Top Choice Museum in Turku

Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum

When the savage Great Fire of 1827 swept through Turku, the lower-class quarter Luostarinmäki escaped the flames. Set along tiny lanes and around grassy yards, the 19th-century wooden workshops and houses now form t…
Top Choice Music in Turku


For three days in July, Finland’s oldest and largest annual rock festival – held since 1969 and attracting 100,000-strong crowds – takes over Ruissalo island.