Turku Castle, Turku

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Explore the medieval Turku Castle, a historical monument that has protected the Aura River since the 13th century. Built in the 1280s as a military fortress to provide protection to the surrounding area and river, this castle is one of the oldest buildings in Finland that is open to the public. View the imposing symbol of medieval architecture, which has survived centuries of sieges and different reigning groups. Experience the original grandeur of this fortress, completely renovated in 1993, with a guided tour that will outline the structure's architectural, cultural, and historical relevance to Finland and other Nordic countries. Plan your Turku Castle visit and explore what else you can see and do in Turku using our Turku road trip planning tool .
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  • Well laid out with clear directions so you don't miss anything. Staff all dressed in period costume which helped bring the castle to life. Well-worth a visit.  more »
  • A well restored castle filled with interesting exhibits. It seemed much bigger inside than I was expecting as the route winds in and out of many rooms. There are a lot of steps which could be challeng...  more »
  • Very beautiful and pleasant to visit. The kids loved the bathroom for dressing up in period costumes.
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  • The castle tour that keeps on giving. We were here a few hours and it felt endless (in a good way). Rooms were a little empty at first with not much to see but it picked up towards the end with rooms being jam packed with things to read, see and learn about. Added bonus, there's a dress up section with real Medieval outfits and a throne room towards the end. It's a little out the city centre, walking there took us 35minutes but one of the best castle tours I've been on.
  • The most luxurious venue for celebrations of all kinds in Finland. The medieval castle of Turku has been the theatre of the most important historical events in Finnish history. Today the venue is one of the most popular museums in the country and hosts splendid historical banquets for companies, conferences and all kinds of events. Truly unique and filled with atmosphere!
  • Turku castle is a great day out! Full of interesting history and my daughter especially loved the dressing up room.
  • The incredible care and detail put into restoring this massive castle fortress to it's modern museum state is evident in every aspect of the building. The translations were well-done and made the history both personal and fascinating.
  • A must-see while in Turku! Amazing old castle, the self guided tour takes about 2 hours. Loved seeing the different rooms and the history behind them!

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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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