Turku Vacations

Turku is a city on Finland’s southwestern coast. It is the oldest city in the country and, until Russian take-over in 1809, was the capital. Turku is known for its natural beauty and unimposing layout, which lends a countryside feel even when in central downtown. The requisite castle and cathedral …

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Things to see and do in Turku

My Lil' Rotten | FlickrTurun linna / Turku castle
Turun linna / Turku castle
Andrei! | FlickrKupittaa Park
Kupittaa Park
Andrei! | FlickrAura joki / Aura river
Aura joki / Aura river
Sonus Ex Machina | FlickrLogomo
Gogobot | Trip by SkyscannerTurku Art Museum
Turku Art Museum
Uninen | FlickrAiristo
ninara | FlickrVepsä

Reviews of Turku

Stephen Bugno
Stephen BugnoAnchorage, Alaska, USA

Turku is the ancient capital and easygoing city on Finland’s southwest coast. Dating from the end of the 13th century, Turku is the oldest city in the country and home to the well-preserved Turku Castle. It's the largest surviving medieval building in Finland and acts as a national monument. Turku is only two hours from Helsinki.

Joseph Coureur
Joseph CoureurNew York City, New York State, USA

I liked Turku well enough. It was my first stop in Portland, so I mostly caught up on sleep and walked around without much of an agenda.

Sarah Lang
Sarah LangNovato, California

As the oldest city in Finland, Turku is now a modern city rich in both history and beauty. Cafes, shops, and pubs line the manicured banks of the Aura River throughout the city center. The city's history comes alive during the medieval marketplace that takes place during summer weekends, while naval buffs will enjoy the Maritime Museum (Forum Marinum) located at the port year round. Watch out for special events and exhibitions during Turku's reign as the European Capital of Culture through the end of 2011.

Ted Hawkins
Ted HawkinsUnited States


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