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The Best Things to Do in Turku

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Things to do in Turku

Turku Castle , Turku
Explore the medieval Turku Castle, a historical monument that has protected the Aura River since the 13th century. Built in the 1280s as a mi
Tours from $255
World heritage site · Military Museum
Visit World Heritage Site Sea Fortress Suomenlinna to see a sea fortress built on a collection of six islands. This ruggedly beautiful spot i
Tours from $5
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Duration: 5 hours
Discover Helsinki and Suomenlinna during this 5-hour tour. With a professional guide, visit Helsinki's most famous sites, including Sibelius Monument and Esplanade Park. Next, take a ferry to the Suomenlinna Island and continue your walking tour through Suomenlinna church, Jetty barracks and Dry dock etc. Round-trip ferry tickets and pickup from central Helsinki is included.
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Military Museum
Helsinki Cathedral , Helsinki
A product of Russian expansionism in the region, Helsinki Cathedral was built by architect Carl Ludvig Engel as the pinnacle of the city's Se
Tours from $34


Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns. It is the country's oldest city, founded in the 13th century, and for several centuries it served as Finland's administrative center. Although many of its ancient buildings fell victim to The Great Fire of 1827, it boasts plenty of old and quirky charm. Its three universities help contribute to a lively bar, cafe, and dining scene. Museums, theatres, galleries, and a range of shopping opportunities provide plenty of activities for visitors. With our world travel planner, Finland vacations can be built around trips to Turku and other destinations in Finland.

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Where to stay in Turku

As Finland's historical capital and one of the centers of Finnish culture, Turku draws plenty of tourists and boasts a wide array of accommodations. Most of Turku's larger hotels and guesthouses sit within the historical old town, roughly between the harbor, the main train station, and the northern bank of the Aura River. Staying within this central district gives you easy access to most of Turku's main sights, putting you within walking distance of the famous cathedral and close to the fortress. Surrounding suburbs and more rural peninsular areas offer cheaper accommodation, but put you a little farther from the action. Budget travelers may want to book a hostel, which often put you in shared rooms but offer a decent location.
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