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The 10 Best Things To See & Do in Turku, Finland

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Updated: 12 April 2017
Located in the south west of Finland, Turku is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It is by far the oldest city in the country and as such, there are many historically significant buildings and culture. Here, The Culture Trip lists the 10 things to see and do while visiting Turku.

Turku Castle (Turun linna)

This is one of the oldest buildings in use in the city; and the largest medieval building in Finland. The castle was built in the 13th century and features an architectural style with noticeable Swedish influence. Visiting this castle enables you to get a glimpse of how nobles lived centuries ago. There are costumes available for you to wear should you want to play a game of dress up while visiting.

Linnankatu 80, Turku 20100, Finland, +358 02 262 0300

Turku Art Museum (Turun taidemuseo)

Turku is considered as an artistic town by many, and it’s s not difficult to see why. At the Turku Art Museum, there are many different sections and exhibitions in this museum where you can easily pick a favorite genre of art. From historical Finnish art to modern dark room photography, these comprehensive exhibitions will leave an everlasting impression.

Auragatan 26, Turku 20100, Finland, +358 2 262 7100

Cosmic Comic Café

Cosmic Comic Café is a chic bar that emphasizes togetherness. Wooden furnishings and decorations are used to create a homely and cozy place for social gatherings or casual chats with your loved ones. With more than 70 types of beer and 25 types of cider, Cosmic Comic Café is a heaven for those who want to try new stuff. There are comics all over the bar, which will give a playful touch to your evening.

Kauppiaskatu 4, 20100 Turku, Finland, +358 2 2504942

Turku Cathedral (Turun tuomiokirkko)

If you are looking for a building where you can appreciate Nordic architecture, then look no further than the Turku Cathedral. Situated right beside the River Aura, the Turku Cathedral has been considered the most influential religious symbol in the nation. The original building used wood as the major material, however subsequent reconstruction has added stones for better support.

Tuomiokirkonkatu 1, 20500 Turku, Finland, +358 2 2617100

Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum (Luostarinmäen käsityöläismuseo)

Luostarinmake Handicrafts Museum is another great place to look at the historic architecture of Finland. This is an open air museum, which consists of 18 buildings built during the 18th century. The structures have stayed in the same location ever since they were built and survived the Great Fire of Turku in 1827.

Vartiovuorenkatu 2, 20101 Turku, Finland, +358 2 2620350

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

If you are an art enthusiast, then Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is for you. Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova were two separate museums before they merged to show traditional and modern Scandinavian art. Aboa Vetus brings you a historical view of the town, using artifacts and old structures. Ars Nova is a completely different concept, which aims at bringing you a holistic view of modernist paintings.

Itainen Rantakatu 4-6, Turku 20700, Finland, +358 20 7181640

Flow Park

Flow Park in Turku will bring you the best amusement park experience. The park has 16 zip lines, while the park trainers have prepared more than 120 educational tasks for you to complete. All you need is balance, coordination and skill. If you are traveling with family, this is a great place to spend a day.

Skanssinkatu 10, Turku, Finland, +358 40 0864862

Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

If you are traveling to Turku Castle, pay a visit to the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre just minutes away. This museum is merged from the Turku Maritime Museum and the Abo Academy Museum of Maritime History. This impressive maritime museum showcases many authentic artifacts and ships that have been used in different eras. Linnankatu 72, Turku 20100, Finland, +358 2 2679511

Viikinkiravintola Harald

Viikinkiravintola Harald is more than just a restaurant. Apart from offering authentic Scandinavian cuisine, it also gives you a dining experience which resembles that of a viking. The beautiful restaurant provides a perfect ambience for parties and different events.

Aurakatu 3, 20100 Turku, Finland, +358 044 766 8204

Kayaking

If you are an outdoor activities lover, then kayaking in this Nordic city must be a pleasure for you. There are tours in the summer which offer equipment and a tour guide all in one package. The tour takes you to the most scenic part of the Finnish sea archipelago and the southwest archipelago. Don’t worry if you are new to kayaking, there are trained staff who will offer you assistance when needed.