Turku is the oldest city in Finland with cultural heritage combined with its dynamic and spirited people, who make the city’s nightlife more lively and young. Of the many attractions in the city, Turku Cathedral and Turku Castle (the biggest medieval castle existing in Scandinavia) are the most famous. The city boasts of 20 museums that include the Sibelius Museum (only museum devoted to music) and the Kylamaki Village of Living History. Apart from the numerous sights and attractions, you can also enjoy Down by the Laituri, Ruisrock as well as the Music Festival, which draws famed classical musicians year after year.
The first in the travel itinerary is the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, which are actually two museums located at the same spot. Aboa Vetus contains a town quarter’s ruins, while the Ars Nova is an art museum. Waino Altonen Museum of Art is another famous art museum in Turku that presents new art projects as well as changing exhibitions and cultural events. Step back in time by visiting the Luostarinmaki Museum, where you are provided with specimens of skill, experiences, and information in a pre-industrial environment.
Explore the Forum Marinum, a versatile and lively hub for maritime activities, consisting of the Navy Museum and the special maritime museum. Here you can tour the Suomen Joutsen, the steel-hulled rigged ship as well as the museum ship, the Sigyn. If you love to see musicals and plays, then head to the Abo Svenska Teater, a charming theatre with a stylish building.
Turku provides a varied selection of restaurants and cafes, with gastronomic specialties including local as well as international cuisines. Some of the top-notch eateries in the city include names like Mallaskukko Ravintola, Brewery Restaurant Koulu, Restaurant Hus Lindman, Old Bank, Stefan’s Steakhouse Turku, and Restaurant Blanko. These restaurants will provide you a treasured dining experience in their wonderful atmosphere.
Compulsive shoppers will be delighted to hear that the prices of items in the city are lower than in Helsinki or other Finnish cities. Start your shopping at the Turku Market Square, which is surrounded by Wiklund department store and Hansa shopping centre on both the sides. You will have plenty of choices at the Stockmann department store, while Turku Market Hall specializes in different kinds of food products.
Therefore, Turku is the perfect destination for those who are looking for a place of distinctive ambience with natural beauty.