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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. Highlights include two dungeons and sumptuous banqueting halls, as well as a fascinating historical museum of medieval …
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 Gastronomy in Turku


A vaulted cellar lit by flickering candles makes a romantic backdrop for stunning, often organic, locally sourced cuisine: roast Åland lamb with corn mousse and forest-mushroom jus, pike-perch with cauliflower-and-r…
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 include When You Walk in the Room (Akvavit, rhubarb l…
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.
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 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 Microbrewery 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…
Modern European in Turku


Tårget has a vaulted-cellar wine bar and mezzanine cocktail bar with live funk, jazz or folk on weekends. But above all it's worth hitting for exceptional pizzas (Parma ham, figs, honey and goats cheese; crayfish, l…
Cafe in Turku


With freshly ground coffee, prize-winning baristas, a beautifully elegant interior and artistic sensibility, CaféArt is an ideal place to get your caffeine fix, but be sure not to miss its cakes, which include seabu…