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Top Choice Castle in Turku

Turun Linna

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

Luostarinmäen Käsityöläismuseo

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 Chapel in Turku


Like the bow of a ship tipped on its end, this unusual structure is perched on a rock and surrounded by forest on Hirvensalo island, 7km south of Turku centre. Looking at its oddly shaped, copper-clad exterior, you …
Top Choice Gastronomy in Turku


A vaulted cellar lit by flickering candles makes a romantic backdrop for appetising, organic, locally sourced food, such as roast lamb with organic currant sauce or the catch of the day with roasted hay sauce. Desse…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Turku


Fresh from a cool, contemporary Nordic–style makeover, this gorgeous old wooden house opens to a street-level terrace and fabulous roof terrace. Unique cocktails and tasty tapas soothe the soul, as does the jazz and…
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, but it s…
Top Choice Music in Turku


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

Forum Marinum

Partly housed in an old granary, this excellent maritime museum offers a comprehensive look at ships and shipping, from scale models to full-size vessels. Highlights include the museum's hydrocopter, WWII torpedoes …
Ship in Turku

Forum Marinum Ships

Anchored outside the Forum Marinum is a small fleet of museum ships that you can climb aboard. The mine layer Keihässalmi and the corvette Karjala take you back to WWII, while the full-rigger Suomen Joutsen recalls …