Turku (Swedish: Åbo) is the oldest city and former capital of Finland. It was settled during the 13th century, making it one of the only few – and by far the largest – medieval cities in Finland. Turku is the cradle of Finnish culture, since over the years it has played an important role as the gateway to Finland for international influence.
Bisecting Turku city centre, the river Aura is the heart and soul of the city: this is where Turku was born and a large part of city life – museums, sights, restaurants and cafés – still concentrates around the banks of the river. The river banks, together with the island of Ruissalo with its oak forests and 19th century villas, form a national urban park allowing for a pleasant stroll from, say, the national shrine of Finland, the Turku Cathedral, to the Turku Castle, which used to house Swedish Kings. Turku is at its best during the summertime, when it hosts a great number of festivals, including rock festivals, chamber music festivals and a medieval fair.
In addition to the cultural sights and museums Turku region attracts visitors due to the surrounding Archipelago Sea, which stretches all the way from Turku to Åland and on to Stockholm, forming the largest archipelago in the world by the number of islands.
Turku is Finland’s oldest city and one of the oldest in the entire Nordic region. The city came into existence at Koroinen on the banks of river Aura, a few kilometres north from the Turku market square. Trading took place on this historic site as early as in the 1150s, and in 1229, the bishopric was transferred there as well. Aura River Valley had already been a prosperous and relatively densely populated area since the Iron Age. Turku was named Åbo by Swedish settlers because it was a bo (settlement) on the Aura River (å). The Finnish name, Turku, is an archaic Russian word for 'marketplace' – the city's market has long been one of the largest and finest on the south coast.
The year 1229 is also regarded as the year in which the City of Turku was founded. In recent years, excavations in different parts of the city centre have provided more light on the city's history. The construction of Turku Castle began in the 1280s, the Dominican monastery of St. Olof was being built on Samppalinna Hill and Turku Cathedral was consecrated in the year 1300. From this point on, the city held an important position in the Swedish-Finnish state and it had staple town charter (the right to conduct foreign trade), assuring that trading was brisk. The German bourgeoisie of Turku held a major role in the early development of the city, and Turku had a community that was part of the Hanseatic League which dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe.
During Swedish rule, Turku was the largest and most important city of its region as well as being a major city of the Swedish Kingdom. Queen Christina of Sweden founded the first university of Finland in Turku in 1640. At that point it was only Sweden's third university following Uppsala University and the Academia Gustaviana in Tartu. Turku remained the Finnish capital until the year 1812. Russia, after overtaking Finland from Sweden 1809, moved the capital to Helsinki, which was closer to Russia and farther from Sweden. Turku still remained Finland's largest city until the end of the 1840s, but its ambitions were dealt a death blow in 1827, when a raging fire destroyed most of the city. "Turun palo" is still the largest urban fire in the history of Finland and the Nordic countries. As a result the city was almost completely destroyed, and the rest of the major institutions with the exception of the archbishop's seat were moved to Helsinki. The burnt city needed an altogether new town plan, which was drawn up by German architect Carl Ludvig Engel the following year.
Turku remains a regional capital of Finland Proper and it's the third most populous city-region in Finland and the eighth largest urban area in the Nordic countries, with around 330 000 inhabitants living in the Turku sub-region. Nowadays Turku is a major academic town in Finland: there are two universities, a technical college, two business universities, a law school, and a medical school. Consequently, you will find that the city is bustling with young adults. The great number of students means that restaurants, live music clubs and nightlife are ample. A true local specialty you will find in no other Finnish city are the floating bars in the river Aura. There is a cultural spirit in the city, and some of the proud residents are still irked that Helsinki took over as Finland's capital back in 1812. In other parts of Finland people from Turku are stereotypically thought of as being bit reserved and uppish in their views of their hometown. However, if you have a coffee at the main Market Square and chat with the locals, you'll soon find out that this isn't the case. Turku dialect has many influences from Swedish, and it can from time to time sound even a bit like Estonian. The city is also famous throughout Finland for its processed mustard called Turun Sinappi, though ownership and production was controversially moved abroad.
- Vares (book series) (Reijo Mäki, 1986–13). Finnish crime literature usually focuses more on police procedurals, or the psychological and sociological fallout from crime. One writer, Reijo Mäki, however, has written a series of books about a private investigator called Jussi Vares. He's your regular hardboiled PI: he drinks, makes love, hates everyone, and gets beaten up and mugged on a regular basis. All Vares books take place in Turku which is also home to the books writer. Mäki is a celebrity in Turku, where you can often catch him in his favourite bar, Uusi Apteekki (New Pharmacy).
- The Home of Dark Butterflies (Leena Lander, 1991). Writer Leena Lander tells the story of a fourteen year old boy named Juhani who is haunted by his traumatic past. Juhani has been shuttled between foster homes and temporary families for the past six years, leaving any prospect of stability in his life a faded dream. When Juhani winds up in a remote shelter for troubled youth known as The Island, he has little idea of how ruthless superintendent Olavi Harjula can truly be. In addition to Harjula and the six other boys, The Island is also home to the superintendent's wife Irene, the couple's two young daughters, and Tynne - who tends to the local livestock in addition to catering all the meals. The island of the story has actually existed, though the boys' home was closed already in 1968. The story was also made into a film of the same name in 2008 and shooting took place on the actual island which is situated in Turku archipelago. The film was also nominated as Finland's Oscar nominee for a foreign language film in 2008.
- Restless (Aku Louhimies, 2000) is a story about Ari (Mikko Nousiainen), a 27-year-old ambulance doctor living in Turku, who's main pastime are one-night stands. He doesn't want to meet any of the girls again because he is certain that commitment equals pain. But one day Ari realizes that he can't feel anything at all. Then he meets a woman named Tiina (Laura Malmivaara) on the beach. Without really intending to, they start dating each other, reaching the point where Tiina, falling in love, begins to look for commitment. Ari is introduced to Tiina's friends who include two other couples. Ari then ends up having sex with Tiina's two best friends (Ilona and Hanna-Riikka). Meanwhile Tiina still continues to love Ari. During this Tiina manages to commit Ari to reluctantly become the father of her to be born child.
- Vares movies (Aleksi Mäkelä, 2004-2012). Vares books proved so popular in Finland that in 2004 a film was released, starring Juha Veijonen as the detective, and directed by Aleksi Mäkelä, considered by many the number one action-director in Finland. A second film appeared a few years later, and the two films' success led to a series of all together eight movies.
- Love and Other Troubles (Samuli Valkama, 2012) is a Finnish romantic comedy film which takes place in Turku. It stars Emilie de Ravin as Sara, an American line dance teacher, who meets Ville (Jussi Nikkilä), a 25-year-old former child star, and his father (Ville Virtanen), an ex-rock star, who both fall in love with her.
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Averages of Turku between 1981-2010
Turku, as in the rest of Finland, has four distinct seasons. Situated by the Baltic Sea and sheltered by the islands of the Archipelago Sea, Turku has a humid continental climate. Like much of southern Finland, the city experiences warm summers, with temperatures ranging up to 30 °C (86 °F), and relatively cold winters with frequent snowfall. The best time to visit is definitely the warm period from late May to early September. Current weather forecasts can be checked at the Finnish Meteorological Institute website.
Turku's official tourist agency is Turku Touring
- Visit Turku, Aurakatu 4 (Centre of Turku next to the City Hall), ☎ , fax: +358-2-2627679, e-mail: email@example.com. Sep-Mar M-Su 10AM-3PM; Apr–Sep M-F 8:30AM-6PM, Sa-Su 10AM-3PM;.
Turku Airport (TKU)
Turku Airport ( IATA: TKU) is a compact airport with 2 terminals for check-in located 8 km north of the city centre. There are big repairs at the airport in July 2014, most lines will use other airports instead.
The national carrier of Finland, Finnair has a connection between Turku and Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport every few hours. Scandinavian Airlines services Turku from Stockholm and Kittilä. AirBaltic has a connection between Turku and Riga. All these carriers use Turku Airport's terminal number 1.
Transport to/from Turku Airport
Bus line 1 departs from the airport in every 20 minutes. Bus tickets are available on board for €3/1.50 (free transfers for two hours). Bus number 1 goes via the Market Square in the heart of the city to the Port of Turku in where there are connections to Stockholm and Åland. Bus line 1 operates from 05:20 AM to 00:50 AM. Days' last bus has flexible time schedule for passengers' convenience.
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL)
Turku is well connected domestically, but sparsely connected internationally. That's why one of your options is to fly to the internationally well connected Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (IATA: HEL). Turku is 166 km away from Helsinki and it takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes to get from Helsinki to Turku by the Finnish national road 1 (E18).
There is an almost hourly ExpressBus coach connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Turku bus station operated by [https://shop.pohjolanliikenne.fi/pl/Welcome.do?request_locale=en Pohjolan Liikenne and Vainio, departing from platform 13 in front of the international flights terminal.
The service operates round the clock, although there may be a gap of 1 to 2 hours between services in the small hours of the night. The trip takes between 2 h 15 min and 2 h 55 min depending on whether the service calls in towns on the way. In some cases, there is a change of coach at Lommila but it is well co-ordinated and easy.
VR, the state-owned railway company, operates all the domestic routes as well as the connections to Viborg, Saint Petersburg and Moscow in Russia. Turku has three VR operated Railway stations: The Central Railway Station situated on the northern edge of Turku's central business district, Kupittaa Railway Station situated on the eastern part of the city and Turku Harbour Station situated at Turku harbour on the western side of Turku. Trains arriving from the direction of Helsinki first stop at Kupittaa and then arrive at the Central Railway Station, while trains from Tampere only stop at the Central Railway Station. Some of the trains continue onward to the Turku Harbour Station, which is handy if you're connecting to a passenger ferry towards Stockholm or Mariehamn. Central Railway Station has best services for passengers. You can purchase all domestic train tickets and train tickets from Finland to Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Viborg and InterRail cards to Europe from the station.
Links between Turku and the rest of the country are frequent and excellent. There's an hourly train connection both to Helsinki (travel time 1:58) and Tampere (1:45) onward to such domestic cities as Jyväskylä (3:36), Kuopio (05:32) and Oulu (7:04). Onward from Helsinki you can also reach Saint Petersburg (5:36) and Moscow (15:19). There is also an overnight car train connection to Rovaniemi in Lapland (9:51 - 14:40).
Finland itself isn't easy to get to by train from the rest of the Europe, since the Baltic Sea is between Finland and the south-western part of the continent. If you want to travel by train to Turku from Europe (except Russia), you have to first travel to Stockholm and then take a one-night/day ferry cruise on the Baltic from Stockholm to Turku. This can be a scenic and environmental friendly option, and if you travel by rail otherwise, most of the European railway companies offer discounts for the necessary ferry connections.
By ferry or boat
Perhaps the most scenic way to get to Turku is by taking a passenger ferry across the Baltic Sea, from Stockholm or Kapellskär in Sweden. The Port of Turku is situated next to the Turku Castle and is easily accessible on bus line 1 which travels between the harbour, Central Market Square and Turku Airport. The port also has its own railway and bus station, and some trains and buses depart at the port.
The two biggest ferry lines are the Finnish Viking Line and the now Estonian TallinkSilja. Both operate two departures each day from Stockholm via Mariehamn: one in the morning, which arrive in the evening, and one in the evening, which arrives in the morning. For a scenic view, and less expensive prices, a morning departure is advisable. Evening departures provide adequate night club activities on board if you want to cut loose before arriving. All ferries between Turku and Stockholm make a brief stop either in Mariehamn or in Långnäs on the Åland Islands. Due to the stop at Åland, plus a Finnish-demanded exception to European Union rules, passengers can make purchases on the ferries tax-freely.
For those with vehicles (e.g. a car or bike) there are also more quiet ropax ferries from Kapellskär (either directly or via Långnäs) to Naantali outside Turku, by Finnlines. As for Viking and Silja, looking for special offers may save a lot of money.
The pass over Sea of Åland from the Stockholm region is quite short also for small craft. Arriving by an own or rented yacht is quite possible also from Gotland or Estonia. Many people also from other regions spend their summer vacation yachting (to and) in the Archipelago Sea surrounding Turku. There are several guest harbours in Turku which you can choose. Turku Guest Harbour is in the Aura river halfway between the harbour and Central Market Square practically at the City Centre. Little bit further away are the Turku Yacht Club's Guest Harbour and Ruissalo Marina both situated at the scenic island of Ruissalo.
Matkahuolto operates the Turku Central Bus station where long-distance national and international buses usually terminate. The station is located at the northern side of the city centre within walking distance from the Central Railway Station (1km) and main Market Square (800m). The bus station also has good local and regional bus connections, whereas the Market Square is the central hub for local buses. Some bus lines arriving at the station continue to the Port of Turku, if needed. Tell the driver you're going there when buying or showing your ticket.
Bus connections from Kamppi Center in Helsinki leave for Turku more or less every 30 minutes during the day and every hour or two hours during the night. All these connections are either express or special express (there are also a few "regular" connections, if you search for them). Tickets cost around €30 (round trip around €55) for adults, around €20 for children aged 12–16, €15 for children aged 4–11 and Finnish students (ISIC not accepted). Children under the age of four travel for free.
OnniExpress bus lines travel to Turku from Helsinki six times a day during the week days, four times on Saturday and five times on Sundays, with tickets usually costing around 30% to 50% less than other bus companies. Onnibus has also stated that it will have a connection to Turku in the near future. These lines do not necessarily use the central bus station.
There's a number of connections from other parts of Finland to Turku as well. There is a line from Tampere hourly in daytime, the last arriving 21:30, from Pori about hourly and from Vaasa about every two hours, the last arriving 22:15. For more detailed schedules you can use the Finnish Transport Agency service, which shows all different options both domestically and locally.
Turku is well connected by roads to other parts of Finland. Main routes are Highways 1 (E18) from Helsinki, 8 (E8) from Pori, 9 (E63) from Tampere, Jyväkylä and Kuopio, and 10 from Hämeenlinna. Highway 40 is also very important, as it circulates Turku. Highway 1 is a high-speed controlled-access highway all the way to Helsinki. Beginning of highway 8 as well as highway 9 are also high-speed highways. Helsinki can be reached by the highway in around 1 hour and 20 minutes during the summer and 1 hour 40 minutes in winter.
There are few scenic roads around Turku as well:
- The partly medieval King's Road (Kuninkaantie) leads from Turku all the way to the eastern border of Finland. It is an old mailing route in Northern Europe dating back to the 14th century, starting from Bergen in Norway on the Atlantic coast, passing through the capitals of Norway and Sweden (Oslo and Stockholm), crossing the Archipelago Sea to Turku and ending up in Vyborg in Russia. The modern tourist route is also extended all the way to Saint Petersburg. You can see lots of scenic medieval churches, museums and old villages along the road.
- The Ox Road of Häme (Hämeen Härkätie) leads from Turku to Hämeenlinna and is the most important road of early Finnish history. The route was once used by merchants, pilgrims, and kings. Along the route, with small detours, you will find a splendid array of interesting sites, such as museums, churches and shopping spots. If you want to really experience a journey in time, you can stay at an old manor house or inn along the way.
- The Archipelago Trail (also called The Archipelago Ring Road, Saariston Rengastie, Skärgårdens ringväg) allows travellers to access the archipelago without a boat of their own – and without backtracking. The circular route can be taken clockwise or counter clockwise, starting from Turku, and continuing through rural archipelago villages and astonishing Baltic Sea sceneries. The trail is especially popular among cyclists. You can also arrive to Turku using smaller ferries from Åland to Korpo and continue from there by the Archipelago trail.
Turku has an excellent public transportation system, and its buses can reach every corner of the city. The central hub for the local bus traffic is the Market Square (Kauppatori, Salutorget), which is at the heart of the city's central business district. Most main sights are situated within walking distance from there. You could also rent a bike and cycle along the river Aura.
The vast majority of the city's sights are within two kilometres of the Market Square (Kauppatori), which is considered the heart of the city. The river Aura passes through the centre, and its banks are very popular for walking along on, allowing for a pleasant stroll from, say, the national shrine of Finland, the Turku Cathedral, to the Turku Castle, which used to house Swedish Kings.
Turku Touring, the official tourist agency of the city, offers different walking tours for visitors. Among them are the following:
- Turku Top 3 tour, where you get to see the three main sights of Turku: Turku Cathedral, Turku Castle and the Handicrafts museum
- The Seven bridges tour along Aura river banks. On the tour visitors will walk over and under Turku’s bridges to learn about their past and present
- Mysterious Turku, which takes visitors to places which they would not probably find by themselves
- Aalto and Bryggman Architecture tour familiarizes visitors to with the works of two great modern Finnish architects – Alvar Aalto and Erik Bryggman – who have designed many buildings around Turku
- A design tour which focuses on the design, vintage and handicrafts shops around Turku
The fastest and most flexible way of seeing Turku is on a bike. There are good bike paths mostly as needed – except at the very heart of the city around the central Market square. You might have to avoid the busiest streets or get off the bike, unless sufficiently experienced.
Bikes can be loaded on the local buses (including those in the Föli regional cooperation) for €6 at the driver's discretion, i.e. probably when there are few passengers. Cost on coaches varies by company, probably about the price of a children's ticket for longer voyages.
The perfect way to experience the Turku archipelago is from the saddle of a bike. The popular Archipelago Trail is approximately 250 km in length offering a route that links the islands via bridges and inter-island ferries. It allows travellers to access the archipelago without a boat of their own – and without backtracking. Along the way you will find local food, handicrafts museums and village churches as well as comfortable accommodation. The circular route can be taken clockwise or counter clockwise, starting from Turku, and continuing through rural archipelago villages and astonishing Baltic Sea sceneries. There are also shorter biking routes which you can choose if you have less time.
The city tourist office can suggest cycling routes and publishes an excellent free bike route map of the city and surrounding towns. They also rent bikes (20 €/day) as do e.g. Polkupyörävuokraamo in the harbour (phone +358 (0) 40 372 5310, €12/day, €59/week) or the Tammenterho visitor centre in Ruissalo (€5/4 h or €7/day).
Föri city ferry shuttles travellers and their bikes (no cars allowed) across the Aura River every day from 6:15AM to 9PM, or until 11PM in summer. Föri has served the Aura River for over a hundred years, first taking passengers in 1904. Beloved by Turku citizens, the little orange ferry covers a grand distance of 78 meters and takes about a minute and a half. A running local gag is to ask visitors if they've taken the trip from Turku across to Åbo on the Föri yet; actually, both sides of the river are called the same, Åbo is just the Swedish name. Incidentally, the name comes from the Swedish färja and is related to the English word "ferry".
Jakke Jokilautta (River ferry Jakke) is a café ferry going up and down the river all the way from the castle to the cathedral. Along the way you can enjoy refreshments and the wonderful views of the city. Some of the cruises are also guided. There are five stops along the river for the ferry: Tintå restaurant, Pharmacy museum, Esposito, Turku guest harbour and Crichtonstreet. The ferry always stops at the Pharmacy museum and Crichtonstreet, and if there are people waiting for the ferry, also on the other stops. Entering the ferry costs €5 for adults and €2 for children (aged 3 to 14). Children under 3 year old can enter for free, and there's also an option to buy a 2 parent plus 2 children family ticket for €12.
Jale Line offers several scheduled routes and charter cruises in the archipelago of Turku. m/s Ruissalo operates from River Aura to the beautiful Island of Ruissalo right next to Turku. m/s Autere makes daily cruises between 1st of July and 11th of August from Kaarina (from 1st to 14th of July) and from Turku (between 15th of July and 11th of August) to the islands of Själö (Seili) and Nagu Storlandet (Nauvo) at the heart of Turku Archipelago.
Ukkopekka is a family-owned steamship based on the River Aura. It operates on the Turku archipelago and its pier is located in the river Aura, just next to the bridge of Martinsilta. Their flagship is an old steamer, s/s Ukkopekka, which takes passengers during the summer season from Turku to the nearby city of Naantali (day cruises) and to the island of Loistokari (evening cruises).
There are also a number of tour boat connections to the archipelago, e.g. to Vepsä-Island, a recreational area of the city (1–2 hours), and to Utö in the very outskirts of the Archipelago sea (overnight stay at the island is compulsory due to the distance). Most ferries taking passengenrs to the archipelago can be found between Martinsilta bridge and Föri. Some of the tours are available only in summertime, others continue as long as ice conditions permit.
Almost every bus stops at the Kauppatori market square, and bus lines radiate outwards from it. There are no significant 'circle lines', so usually if you need to transfer, you will need to take one bus to the Kauppatori, then transfer there to the bus taking you to your final destination. Buses generally go in two directions from Kauppatori, so check and make sure that you are taking the correct numbered bus in the correct direction as well.
Destinations are mentioned in Finnish on some stops (such as at the market square) and on most buses, but you should note the numbers of the lines you intend to use. If going to the market square it is mostly enough to know on what side of the street to stand.
From July 2014 tickets are harmonized ("Föli", route planner available) with some of the surrounding municipalities: Raisio, Naantali, Kaarina, Rusko and Lieto. Tickets are handled as these were part of Turku. Some routes and bus numbers changed at the same time, not all maps are yet updated.
Buses passing the municipality border mostly have 3-digit numbers. Buses local for Raisio & al have their number prefixed with a letter. It is not yet clear what quirks the harmonization left (earlier e.g. some of the now replaced lines used coach stops instead of local bus stops).
A single ticket is €3 (children 7–14: 1.50), and is valid for unlimited transfers within two hours of the ticket's purchase. In the night (23:00–04:00) tickets cost €1 more. Notes of more than €20 are not always accepted. Persons in wheelchair and the person assisting travel for free, as does a person with an infant in a baby carriage.
If you intend to take the bus more than twice a day (read: in more than two two-hours periods), it becomes economical to ask the bus driver for a 24 hour ticket, priced €7.50. The equivalent, for the same price, can be bought by sending an SMS of "LIPPU24" to 169003 (not by prepaid SIM:s, as it is invoiced later). The bus office at Kauppatori and the tourist office sell cards for one day and more, costing €7 for the first day, €3 for each additional day up to a week, €30 for two weeks and €5 + €52 per thirty days (€20 for ten additional days). Those staying longer or travelling as a group may want to check other options also, e.g. "value cards", with which trips cost €2.20/1.20, plus €1 in the night. The tourist office sells Turku Cards (of 24h and 48h varieties) which, as well as providing free admission to most sights, also provides you free bus rides for the validity period.
Once upon the time modifier letters (as in 12A and 12B) got removed and numbers changed (in this case to 32 and 42). The lines are ordered according to these associations: 1, 2, 2A, 3, 30, 4, ... Often the associated lines behave the same most of the route, but have different destinations in one end. In a few cases the destination varies without any change in line number. The corresponding notes in the timetable are often incomprehensible without some understanding of the individual lines, but usually you know when you need to understand them and can ignore them otherwise. The worst trap is some extra rush hour buses stopping prematurely: check that you get the one going all the way (to your stop).
Timetable booklets give starting times at the ends of the route and at Kauppatori, and an estimated duration of the trip to or from Kauppatori. The timetables at major stops instead give the estimated passing time of the bus (and line number, as lines are grouped together). A timetable booklet can be bought from the bus office at Kauppatori (€1). It includes a miniature route map (a decent map is for sale separately, €2, map also online: summer 2014). Check all of the booklet, as not all information is where you would expect. Separate night lines, rush hour lines and lines serving the elderly, and the quirks of these, are handled in their own maps, chapters and booklets, although tickets are valid as usual.
Taxis are abundant and easily available throughout the city and they are of high standard. They are pricey though, and there are three crunch times when they might be problematic, and those are the morning and evening ferry departure times (particularly in summer), around 8AM and 9PM, and the bar closing times (particularly on weekends) around 4AM. You can recognize a free taxi in dark, since the taxi sign on the top will have its light on. Hailing taxis on the street is rare, however, and may not even work; calling the central dispatch is the common method. There is a central dispatch for all Turku taxis at phone number +358 2 10041, and bookings can be made in advance for an extra charge (€7), though more than one day in advance is unnecessary. Advance bookings less than 30 min before desired departure time are not accepted — in that case, just phone the dispatch when you are ready to go. Outside the worst rush hours, a taxi should take no more than 5 minutes to arrive. If you are out late at night, plan ahead. During weekend bar closing hours, wait times in excess of an hour are not unheard of.
A normal taxi will carry 4 people and a moderate amount of luggage. For significant amounts of luggage, you may want to order a "farmari" taxi, an estate/wagon car which has a roomier luggage compartment. There is also a third common type of taxi available, the tilataksi, a van which will comfortably carry about 8 people. The fares are the same, but you might have to wait longer.
Taxis charge a base fare of €5.90 or 9.00 (daytime in the week respectively nights, Sundays and holidays), about €1.50–2.15 per kilometre, depending on amount of passengers (more passengers, higher mileage charge) and about €0.72 per minute waiting time. Quick 1–2 mile trips will cost in the €8–13 vicinity. All taxis accept major international credit cards. Generally you can trust taxis with both prices and the route taken. Because of the high flag-fall charge, it can be better financially for taxi drivers to have many trips rather than long trips, so it is therefore often in their own interest to take the shortest route. At the railway station and similar places there may also be a "Kimppataxi" offering rides together with strangers (cf minivans in some countries), which in some cases is considerably cheaper.
Parking lots by the street are sparse at rush hours, but otherwise you should be able to park your car for a while quite near the place where you are going. Parking halls, such as the underground Louhi near the Market square (€1–2/h), usually have plenty of free space. Q-Park also operates several parking halls in central Turku. Most of the largest hotels have their own parking halls as well.
TurkuCard is a Tourist discount card with which you´ll gain free access to major Turku sights in addition to other benefits. Card holders have free access to almost all museums and the Turku Sightseeing Tour along with free travel aboard local buses. You´ll also receive discounts at many places including restaurants, shops, hotels and cruises. It is available from the tourist office or any participating attraction. You can choose from three different Cards: 24h card €21 / 48h card €28 / 24h Family card €45.
The vast majority of the city's sights are within few kilometres walking distance from the central Market Square (Kauppatori), which is considered the heart of the city and also the central hub of Turku's local bus lines. Two sights in the city are above all others: the medieval castle, which is the symbol of Turku and Turku cathedral, the national shrine of Finland. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is a unique cultural attraction in Turku; it invites visitors to explore the medieval history and culture of Turku and to reflect upon thought-provoking contemporary art. Cloister Hill (Luostarinmäki) is the only larger part of the city that survived the great fire of Turku in 1827. Nowadays it houses an open air living handicrafts museum, with local artisans working in traditional ways in the old quarters of the hill.
History and museums
- Turku Castle (Turun linna), Linnankatu 80, ☎ . Daily 10AM-6PM; reduced hours and closed Mon in Oct-Mar low season. A must for everyone visiting the city, Turku castle is one of Finland's most popular tourist attractions. The castle, which used to house Swedish royalty, is the largest castle in Finland, and dates back to end of the 13th century. It has been carefully renovated and now it houses also a large museum, which demonstrates the history of the Turku region from prehistory to present day with its frequent exhibitions, events and furnished style rooms. Highlights include the two dungeons and magnificent banquet halls as well as toy and game exhibitions aimed at children. Tours of the stronghold are given hourly in English during high season and they give a good account of the castle's history. €8, optional guided tour €2.
- Old Great Square (Vanha Suurtori), Vanha Suurtori 7 (It is located in the II District in very close proximity to Turku Cathedral.), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Old Great Square area is part of the old Turku city centre. Today, this exceptionally handsome milieu serves as the perfect setting for such events as the annual declaration of Christmas peace and the Medieval Market. The Old Great Square was a major traffic hub, marketplace and administrative centre from the 13th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Today, the square has four historically significant buildings: the Brinkkala Mansion, Old City Hall, Hjelt Mansion and Juselius Mansion. The old buildings have been fully restored for use as cultural venues. The Old Great Square comes to life with a wide variety of events. At Christmastime, the square is transformed into a Christmas Market, and in the summer it's time for the Medieval Market. Old Great Square and its vicinities are home to several important neoclassical buildings including the Old Academy Building and the Old Town Hall.
- Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Itäinen Rantakatu 4-6. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova uniquely combines history and contemporary art; this museum is actually two museums as Aboa Vetus tells about the history of Turku, and Ars Nova is a museum of modern art. The permanent exhibition of Aboa Vetus illuminates the medieval life of Turku. The museum consists of the ruins of stone buildings exposed in archaeological excavations. Now you can actually step in and walk on the medieval streets of Turku, which used to be buried underground. The largest museum shop in Turku, Laurentius museum shop, is also situated in the same building. It sells jewellery, toys, cards, books and other souvenirs to visitors. The museum also houses Aula Café, and its brunch is especially popular among Turku residents. In the summertime The Linnateatteri Theatre company also performs comedy in the museums courtyard.
- Cloister Hill (Luostarinmäki), Vartiovuorenkatu 2. In 1827 a fire destroyed almost all of Turku. Cloister Hill area (then in the outskirts of the town) was the only larger part of the city that was saved. Now the area is preserved and it houses the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum (Käsityöläismuseo), an outdoor museum with charming late 18th century wooden house quarters. The museum is even globally unique, since all the buildings are in their original places which is extremely rare in an outdoor museum. Over 30 workshops from different fields of craftsmanship display the City's handicrafts history and craftsmen's dwellings. During the summer season, the museum's workshops have craftsmen working there every day. The museum's shops, postal office and cafeteria serve customers round the year. The highlight of the year are the Handicrafts Days in August. During the days, masters of different professions, i.e. Golden Apple Guild masters and apprentices get together and their products are sold in the museum's shops. €6/4/4, family €15.50.
- Forum Marinum, Linnankatu 72 (Just after the guest harbor when going downstream towards Turku Castle, you can't miss it.), ☎ , fax: +358-2-267-9515. wintertime: Tue–Sun 11–18, summertime: Mon–Sun 11–19. The Forum Marinum Maritime Centre is a lively and versatile centre for maritime activities, comprising a national special maritime museum, and the Finnish Navy Museum. The museum provides several interesting temporary exhibitions during a year and displays also a very interesting boat collection. The maritime centre has a considerable collection of museum vessels: two tall sail ships, Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland) and Sigyn, four naval ships and several smaller vessels, ranging from a steam harbour tugboat to a police boat. The museum ships are open during the summer months only, while the exhibitions are open throughout the year. The museum also houses a Café Restaurant called Daphne, which serves café delicacies and a tasty, varied buffet lunch. The Museum Shop offers maritime gifts and other articles, literature and high-quality textiles. €6/4/– for the museum; €16/10/– for the museum and all ships (wintertime 9,50/6 €/–, not all ships), ship tickets also individually.
- Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, Läntinen Rantakatu 13, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 2 May–31 Aug, Tue–Sun 10AM–6PM, 29 Nov–30 Dec, Tue–Sun 10AM–4PM. The Qwensel House is the oldest bourgeois housing from the autarchic times that has survived in its entirety in Turku. The house was built approximately in the year 1700 to an area that was reserved for the nobility in the city plan put up by Count Per Brahe the Younger. A pharmacy from the 19th century has been furnished in the shop wing of the building. The pharmacy has a material room and a herb room, two laboratories and an office. The office has the oldest survived pharmacy interior in Finland. The exhibition wing of the building has an extensive collection of pharmacy utensils on display. There is also a pharmaceutical research laboratory and pharmacy history exhibition in the wing. In addition to the main exhibitions, there are also varying smaller exhibitions and events held at the museum every year. The former stable, outhouse and barn are located at the northern end of the baker wing of the building. The Pipping family used to have an orchard by the Linnankatu Street (formerly Kuningattarenkatu Street). The cafeteria, located in the Pharmacy Museum's inner courtyard, is extremely charming spot of old milieu in the heart of the city. During the summer there are chickens and roosters in the yard and you can really feel you have travelled back in time. The café serves home-made pastries that have been prepared according to recipes from the 18th century. The two chambers, are located in the wing that was housed by the building's owners in the 18th century. The chambers have been furnished in 18th century fashion. The same wing used to have a kitchen, a chamber, maid's chamber, a shed, a carriage shed and an granary according to fire insurance documents from 1791. Adults €4.50, Children (3 to 17) €3, under 3 year olds for free, Family admission (2+2) €9.50.
- Biological Museum, Neitsytpolku 1, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tue–Sun 9AM–5PM, Mondays closed. The Turku Biological Museum is a Diorama-Museum that resides in a beautiful wooden Art Nouveau building. Thirteen nature scenes present the fauna and flora of Finland, from the archipelago all the way to the fells of Lapland. The Biological Museum has altogether 30 common Finnish mammals and 136 bird species on display. The Biological Museum is great for all those interested in nature and cultural history. The Museum was established in 1907 and most of the Dioramas date back all the way to that period. There are also varying small-scale exhibitions and other types of annual events held at the museum. The museum is a popular visiting destination for school groups and it is also a suitable visiting destination for younger children. Museum also has a little shop that sells postcards, posters and other assorted items related to the museum. It´s located next to the museum's ticket office. Right next to the Museums is the wonderfully green Sports Park of Turku (Urheilupuisto). adults €4.50, children €3, children under 7 years free..
- Botanical Garden, Ruissalon puistotie 215, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Indoor gardens Mon–Sun 10AM–5PM, Outdoor gardens Mon–Sun 8AM–8PM. The Turku University Botanical Garden on the Island of Ruissalo is both a centre for scientific research and a public showcase for the fascinating world of plants. The outdoor and indoor gardens display over 5000 species and varieties of plants. In the greenhouses are a wide range of succulent plants and a collection of tropical species. Next to the modern greenhouse is the outdoor garden where the edible plants, roses, meadow flowers, rock plants and exotic trees and shrubs all flourish. Another distinguishing feature of the new landscapes are the artificial ponds containing colourful waterlilies and other wetland plants. There's also a cafeteria on the garden premises. Indoor gardens €5, pensioners, students and children 7–18 €3), children under 7 years free. Outdoor gardens are free..
- Brinkhall Manor, Brinkhallintie 414, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 24 June - 17 August, Tue-Su 10AM-6PM. The Brinkhall Manor, located on the island of Kakskerta, can trace its history back to the 16th century. Kakskerta island is part of the extensive Turku archipelago. The manor consists of some 20 buildings and 34 hectares of park, gardens, agricultural land and forest as well as sea and lake shores. Brinkhall’s neoclassical main building was built in 1793. In the beginning of 20th century major renovations were carried out which were also in the classical style. Brinkhall´s English garden was one of the first in this style in Finland in the beginning of 19th century. A few years ago Brinkhall provided the location for a famous historical tv-drama series called Hovimäki, which became widely celebrated in Finland. Before filming, the manor had been empty for decades. Now Brinkhall Manor has a Café, where you can also find the Interior Museum and exhibitions during the café’s opening hours. In mid July Brinkhall is the site of a music festival [www.brinkhallsoi.fi Brinkhall Soi].
- Ett Hem, Piispankatu 14 (Just a short walk away from the Cathedral upstream, opposite the Sibelius Museum.), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue–Sun 12AM-3PM, closed from January to April.. In their will Alfred and Hélène Jacobsson donated their 19th century house to the Swedish University of Turku, Åbo Akademi, as a museum. The idea was to preserve the atmosphere of upper class life in Turku. They owned a two floor building at Hämeenkatu 30 – it was a house that was designed by the German architect Carl Ludwig Engel. Later the interiors were moved to more humble surroundings and the museum is now situated in a wooden empire style building. The age and style of the different artefacts vary, but as a whole "Ett hem" ("A home") is decorated according to the neorenaissance principles. The museum has both a cultural and historical value. Especially important is the art collection, where most of the famous Finnish artists of the Golden Age of Finnish art, the period around 1900, are represented. Adults €4, children €2.
- Healthcare Museum, Kunnallissairaalantie 20, ☎ . Every last Mon of the month 4PM–6PM and by appointment.. At the Turku Health Care Museum you get an insight into the history of healthcare. How were people treated for such things as tuberculosis or polio? What instruments would you find in the operating room? At the Turku Health Care Museum see the evil of diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis, view medical and autopsy equipment, electro-shock devices, as well as the operating room and the instruments used. The museum also displays artefacts from maternity and childcare clinics as well as items from medical schools from years ago. See an example of a baby carriage box that the midwives and nurses used to carry the new born babies of mothers with tuberculosis to the Joulumerkkikoti nursery to keep them safe from infection. Another attraction is an entire collection of uniforms for hospital personnel. Many of the styles were abandoned because of the conflict concerning the money spent on uniforms. Of pride of place in the middle of the museum is the Heideken exhibition showing christening gown, baptismal font, Bible, and the maternity hospital with its equipment. €4, children under 16 years free..
- The Scout Museum of Finland, Läntinen Pitkäkatu 13, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Summertime sat 12PM–3PM. Finlands Scout Museum is a national special museum that is maintained by the Finnish Scouting Museum Association. It displays uniforms, insignia, flags and literature related to the scout movement in Finland. €2/1.
- Turku Art Museum (Turun taidemuseo), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue–Fri 11AM–7PM, Sat-Sun 11AM–5PM. The Art Museum’s Art Nouveau building was opened to the public in the spring of 1904. It manifests itself on the Puolala Hill at Aurakatu 26. Looking from the city market place, the museum's granite façade rises at the end of the street. Coming from Rauhakatu the museum is accessible through the beautiful Puolala Park. Since the beginning the museum has presented important works by Finnish and international artist, focusing on Nordic art in particular. Well represented are works from the 19th and 20th centuries, the era known as the Golden Age of Finnish art, with national treasures that include self-portraits, Finnish surrealism as well as pop art. These collections are exhibited in the luminous upstairs halls of the museum. Tours are available in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian. €8/5, children under 16 for free, Friday after 16 free.
- Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (WAM), Itäinen Rantakatu 38 (15 min walk from Market Sq, or bus 14 or 15), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tue–Sun 10–18. Named in honour of the late Turku born artist and sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen (1896–1966), the museum offerings include changing exhibitions, new and experimental art projects as well as various cultural events. The museum is located on the east bank of the Aura River close to the Myllysilta bridge. The permanent exhibition (temporarily closed 2014) is based on the art collection of City of Turku, which includes a large collection of works by Wäinö Aaltonen himself. Temporary exhibitions focus on Finnish and international modern art. The museum also houses Café Wäinö which offers lunch as well as small art exhibitions on the café walls. €6/4/–.
- Sibelius Museum, Piispankatu 17. Tue–Sun 11–16, Wed also 18–20. Located only 150 meters from the Turku cathedral is a low modern concrete building that houses the most significant museum of music in Finland and is named after the famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. The museum building, itself considered as a pearl of modernist architecture, exhibits the life and music of the master composer as well as an interesting collection of musical instruments from all around the globe. The museum also organizes exhibitions and events. On Wednesday evenings the Chamber Music Hall hosts concerts during the spring and autumn season. €3/1, guiding included, children under 18 free; concerts €8/4.
- Art Galleries. In addition to the larger art museums, Turku is home to a number of smaller art galleries scattered around the city. The city of Turku maintains a list of the galleries.
- Kuralan Kylämäki – Village of Living History (Kuralan Kylämäki), Jaanintie 45, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. summertime Tue-Su 10–18, also open around Christmas. Kylämäki Village in Kurala is made up of four farms with buildings still standing at their original sites. The Kylämäki Village is an ideal tourism attraction for families with children, since touching and experiencing is allowed. The village has been inhabited since the 7th century. Nowadays, Kurala is a village of living history where visitors can travel back in time to a typical Southwest Finnish farm of the 1950s, complete with authentic scents and rural atmosphere. In the summer months, you can see women at their domestic chores in the Iso-Kohmo House, making juices and jams, or dairy treats traditionally prepared around Midsummer. Visitors also get to participate in some of the farm's tasks, such as hay making. The Kylämäki Village also houses a Hands-on Workshop that offers different types of courses and hands-on experiences. Participants get to make 1950s-style items out of clay, paper, yarn or fabric. You can also try your hand at tablet weaving with plant-dyed yarns or make leather belts and pouches. At the Archaeological Experimentation Workshop children can explore prehistoric working methods and test their hunting skills using ancient weaponry. Kylämäki Workshop is open all year round. Free.
- Adventure Park (Seikkailupuisto), Kupittaankatu 2, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Su 10AM-6PM. Just on the edge of Kupittaa Park, the Adventure Park is the ideal environment for encouraging imagination and creative play, with plenty of action and fun for children and families. The Adventure Park is always a hive of activity. For children there are many opportunities for a variety of crafts and art activities. An excellent way to spend a summer’s day in the Adventure Park is driving about in the Traffic Town and learning the rules of the road, bouncing wildly on the Bouncy Castle or getting creative in the Summer Studio. In summertime the lush park area with its unique equipment offers play opportunities not available on a normal playground, free of charge. The Mushroom Fountain and paddling pool, the winding stream through the park and the Traffic Town combine to make the Adventure Park a great family destination. In addition to completely free adventures, Adventure Park offers a variety of activities from art workshops, songs and music at the music playschool to an exhilarating theatrical performance for the whole the family. The programme and events are carefully designed, making the adventure park a happy experience together with activities for babies and juniors. The Adventure Park theater offers Turku’s most versatile children’s theater programme during summer. The theater stages of Helmiteltta and Timantti show high-quality children’s theatre during the summer months, that make use of music, dance and circus. When hunger strikes you can buy refreshing drinks and snacks from the park kiosk. It is also possible to grill your own food at the barbecue sites. Free.
- Turku Cathedral, ☎ . Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Finland’s first bishop, St Henry, Turku Cathedral, situated on the hillock of Unikankare, is Finland’s National Sanctuary. It was consecrated in 1300 and is considered to be Finland’s most valuable historical monument as well as the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland. It is familiar, even dear to practically every Finn. Its bells chime at noon over the radio throughout Finland, and they also proclaim the Christmas peace to the country. Every part of the cathedral reflects the details of Finland and Turku's history; Resting under the protection of the arches are bishops and captains of war as well as one queen, Catherine Månsdotter of Sweden. South gallery of the cathedral houses a museum, which takes you on a journey through history from the early 1300s. Displayed in the museum, among other things, are sculptures of saints as well as church silverware from the Catholic era. Tours run 9AM to 7PM during mid September to mid April and 9AM to 8PM mid April to mid September. Free. Museum upstairs is €2/1/1.
- St Michael's Church (Mikaelinkirkko), Puistokatu 16, ☎ , fax: +358-2-261-7112. Open in summer (Jun-Aug) Mon-Fri 10AM–6PM, Sat 10AM–1PM, Sun 11AM–1PM. The western skyline of the city of Turku is dominated by Michael's Church which was consecrated in 1905. It was designed by Professor Lars Sonck. When he won the competition for the church in 1894, Sonck was only a 23-year old architectural student. Michael's church is a distinguished example of the neogothic style in architecture. It is a long church with three aisles, galleries and a multifaceted choir. In addition to the main entrance there are also doors at each corner of the church. The sacristy is situated behind the choir. The main spire rises to a height of 77 meters from the foundations. Many locals favour it as a wedding Church. Free.
- Martin's Church (Martinkirkko), Huovinkatu, ☎ . Open by agreement. Service in Finnish on Sundays at 10AM. Martin's parish was founded in 1921 after which the parish council decided to build a church of its own. The church was consecrated on the 450th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther, on the 12 of November 1933. The designers of the church were the architects Totti Sora and Gunnar Wahlroos. The church represents architechtual functionalism. Martin's church is a long church with three aisles with very narrow side aisles. The church has a functional and singular practicality of its own. The barrel-vaulting of the roof is one of the most outstanding features of the church. The whole altar wall is covered with an "al secco" painting of the Saviour nailed to the cross at Golgatha. This massive work is 15 meters high and 9.5 meters in breadth. At the time of painting this was the largest painting of its type in the whole of Scandinavia. Free.
- Orthodox Church (Church of the Holy Martyr Empress Alexandra), Yliopistonkatu 19. Main church of the Turku orthodox parish is located on the north side of the Market Square. The church was built by the plans of architect Carl Ludvig Engel and was ordered by Czar Nicholas I of Russia on 5 January 1838. Construction, which began in 1839, cost 67,886 rubles and was completed in 1845. The church was consecrated on 2 September 1845. The church was dedicated to Alexandra, the spouse of Diocletian who had publicly became Christian and thus suffered a martyr’s death on 23 April 303. Most of the icons of the iconostasis have been made in Valaam Monastery
- St Catherine's Church (Pyhän Katariinan kirkko), Kirkkotie 46, ☎ . Open by agreement. In summertime (Jun–Aug) Mon–Fri 10AM–4PM. St Catherine's Church represents old medieval church building tradition. Although it wasonce completely destroyed and has undergone several renovations, it has preserved something of its original appearance and retains the basic plan of a medieval Finnish church. Free.
- St Mary's Church (Maarian kirkko), Maunu Tavastinkatu 2, ☎ . Open in summertime Jun–Aug) Mon–Fri 12PM–5PM. In wintertime open by agreement. Service in Finnish on Sundays at 10AM. According to folk tradition, St Mary's Church was built at a place where sacrifices had been performed in heathen times, in the village of Räntämäki. It had also been the site of the village burial ground and a place of assembly. The village of Räntämäki was renamed after the patron saint of the Church, St Mary, and in the records it is sometimes referred to as the parish of Räntämäki, sometimes as St Mary's. The church took the name of St Mary from the nearby episcopal church of Koroinen, its original patron saint having been the first Bishop of Paris, Saint Dionysios. Free.
- Kakskerta Church (Kakskerran kirkko), Kakskerran kirkkotie 110. Kakskerta Church was built in 1765–1769, and dedicated in 1770. It was designed by Christian Schroder, and is oblong in shape. The altarpiece is from the 17th century, and the interior of the church was renovated in 1940 after the plan by Erik Bryggman. The belfry was designed by C. Bassi in 1824.
- Ecumenical Art Chapel (Taidekappeli), Seiskarinkatu 35 (bus 54), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue–Fri 11–15 (May–Aug 11–16), Thu 11–18.30, Sat–Sun 12–15, except when private events. Wooden chapel with art exhibitions. Built 2004–2005. 3,–.
- Ruissalo Island (Close to the centre of Turku. Travel pass the harbor district and you can't miss signs pointing towards Ruissalo.). The unique nature, culture and history of the fascinating Island of Ruissalo is to be found flanking the Turku estuary. Once the hunting island for the court of Turku Castle, the island is easily accessible by land or by sea. Ruissalos’s oak forests, charming 19th Century villas, Ruissalo Spa hotel, National Park, Ruisrock rock concert, Honkapirtti restaurant and Botanical Gardens have all combined to make the island famous. Scenic and well-maintained bike paths offer comfortable distances for the whole family. The rocky outcrops, beautiful sandy beaches, distinctive nature, rolling fields and pretty gardens will lead to love at first sight for all who visit the island. There's also a camping area called Saaronniemi on the outermost tip of the island. The tourist services of this well-equipped camping and caravan park include beaches, barbecue sites, saunas, a small shop, indoor accommodation and various amenities including hot showers and a laundry. With mini-golf, volleyball, badminton and basketball courts, a fitness trail, playgrounds and a cafe-restaurant, even the most demanding traveller is catered for. There is also a championship level golf course, Aura Golf, founded in 1958 nearby. The Ruissalo Spa Hotel is in its immediate vicinity.
- Vepsä Island (One hour ferry trip from Turku, ferry leaves from river Aura.), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open during the summer season from 1 June to 31 August. Vepsä island is a beautiful island located in Turku archipelago. From the vantage point on the rugged rock, you can see glittering waters and awesome landscapes of Airisto. On the way up, you can search for geocaches, if you want. Former hiding place of smugglers hides nowadays modern hobbies and hobby equipments. You can go hiking for example, swim on a child safe beach, have a barbecue, take a sauna bath, play miniature golf, and enjoy other summery activities. People who like water sports can rent a boat or a canoe. One of the new activities is sumo wrestling in air filled suites. After an active day you can eat in the island’s own café restaurant. Ice-creams and snacks are for sale also in a kiosk. You can go to Vepsä for a one day trip, or stay for a longer time. Cozy summer cabins offer you warm surroundings to stay over night, and are very popular among visitors. There are three saunas to hire, one of them is reserved for enterprises. You can reserve the representation sauna and a barred hot tub beforehand. Three islands - Mustaluoto, Vähä-Tervi and Pikku-Vepsä - are all close to Vepsä. They are charming targets to visit and available for Vepsä visitors.
- Hirvensalo, Satava and Kakskerta Islands are three large island right off the coastline of Turku next to the city. They form a line of three islands that form a set of natural areas with several villages and a variety of things to see and do. Located on the mainland-side of the Hirvensalo island, facing the shipping lanes, Pikisaari, Lauttaranta and Honkaistenranta are the first settlements, while the inner reaches of the island are still quite rural in nature. Today, Hirvensalo is a haven for single-family homes and good, clean living. Some famous names from Hirvensalo are sculptor and academic, Wäinö Aaltonen and artist Jan-Erik Andersson, whose unique leaf-shaped house is located near the Hirvensalo bridge. Hirvensalo also has a sports centre, where visitors can ski in the winter and ride downhill cars in the summer. Ekvalla beach is situated on the Satava island. This sandy beach is a good choice for families and sun seekers as well as disabled. Whatever your physical impairment you can have a dip as this swimming area has specially designed walkways and a wheelchair ramp into the water. Swimming lifeguards are available during the school summer holiday period. The last island of the three, Kakskerta, was ones an independent town. Nowadays its part of Turku, and you can enjoy the lovely archipelago nature on the island. In addition you can enjoy the golf course at Harjattula or visit the site of the TV series Hovimäki at Brinkhall Manor. There's also a stone church on the island, which dates from the 1760s.
Turku is especially lively during the summer season from latter part of May to early September, as well as around the Christmas period in December. The banks of the river Aura are regarded as Turku's summertime living room. The shores are the setting for many urban events and are also popular for picnic and relaxing.
- Maritime Markets (April and October), Along the river Aura. April and October. Traditional and very popular markets are held every April and October on the riverfront right in the Turku city centre. Archipelago Market in April and Herring Market in October bring fish delicacies as well as handicrafts to the riverside. Both markets bring professional fishermen from the Turku archipelago to the heart of the city, to sell their products straight from their boats in the river Aura. Other fish products as well as delicacies, handicrafts are also sold.
- Vappu (Annually between 30 April and 1 May). In Finland, Vappu (Walpurgis day or May Day) is one of the four biggest holidays along with Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and Midsummer (Juhannus). Walpurgis witnesses the biggest carnival-style festival held in the streets of Finland's towns and cities. The celebration, which begins on the evening of 30 April and continues to 1 May, typically centres on copious consumption of sima, sparkling wine and other alcoholic beverages. Student traditions are one of the main characteristics of Vappu, and you'll see lots of students on the streets wearing a traditional Student cap. On 30 April evening streets are filled with party people and a large market is held in Market Square with vendors selling cheap carnival paraphernalia. On 1 May the parks, especially the Vartiovuori Park, are filled with hungover Finns having a picnic. There are also working union parades around the city center and politicians from all different parties giving speeches.
- Turku Design Festival (Mid May), Around Turku Central Business District, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Annually in mid May. 13 to 19 May in 2015. Turku designers and fashion designers combine forces once again in the Turku Design Festival. The week consists of exhibitions, fairs, fashion shows, seminars and open-days where visitors can easily get to know local designers and design products. Turku Design Festival, a cooperative creation from the regional design industry, involves dozens of different companies ranging from industrial designers to ceramic artists.
- New Potato Festival (Mid June), Courtyard of the Brewery Restaurant Koulu, Eerikinkatu 18. Annually in mid June. 13 to 14 June in 2014. The New Potato Festival, or Neitsytperunafestivaali in Finnish, celebrates the opening of the early harvest potato season in June. It’s a true cultural feast of fabulous flavours and local food. The very first crops from the Turku archipelago will reach the River Aura shores with this traditional ceremony. During the festival, the potatoes will be enjoyed with local fish treats and herring. The festival will also include competitions for best recipes, getting to know different potato varieties and cultivation methods. The new potatoes from the Southwest Finland region are unique plants with gastronomic qualities to match other celebrated European seasonal products like asparagus, globe artichoke and truffle. The flavour is unique to early potatoes of Southwest Finland and neighboring countries with a similar climate.
- The Medieval Market (End of June), Vanha Suurtori 3 (Old Great Square), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. At the end of June, 26 to 29 June in 2014, Thu and Fri 12AM to 8PM, Sa and Su 12AM to 6PM. This is the best (and original) Medieval Market in Finland. Follow the rows of market stalls at the Old Great Square and take a trip back in time to Medieval Market with performing groups, jesters and minstrels. In the area for work displays artisans will demonstrate medieval working methods. Visitors can watch the smith working away at their forges, see how beer is brewed using ancient recipes and touch freshly tanned leather. At the Children’s activities area the smallest of the family can attend the real Princess School as well as enjoy watching the wild boars. The Old Town Hall hosts events for science, art and fashion. The whole family can enjoy the medieval amusement. Free.
- Juhannus (Annually Friday between June 19 and June 25). Juhannus (Midsummer Festival) is a main national holiday in Finland. Originally a celebration of the summer solstice, it is typically spent with friends and family at a summer cottage away from the city, either partying or relaxing. Large bonfires are lit in Ruissalo Island and other parts of the city, but otherwise the streets are often eerily empty and the doors of the shops closed, making this the most quiet days of the year in Turku. You may mistake Turku for a ghost town!
- International Market of Turku (Mid July), Around Old Great Square, Vähätori and the banks of river Aura. Annually in mid July. 16 to 19 July in 2014. Key idea of the International Market is to bring different countries and provinces around the world to showcase their specialties. In recent years there have been around 70 traders from around 30 countries taking part in the market. Europe has usually a strong presence, but there are also traders from America and Asia. From the market you'll usually find For example, authentic Dutch cheese merchant, French bakeries, different delicacies from Italy, Bavarian sausages and German bakeries as well as artisans from such countries as Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Spain. Finnish provinces are also presenting their own specialties.
- The Night of Arts (Mid August), Around Turku Central Business District, ☎ . Annually in mid May. 14 to 20 May in 2014. Night of the Arts puts on its best in the centre of the city. Its a versatile cultural event that is held annually in mid-August. Usually a lush programme of events will take place in different parts of the city centre. Some of the main venues include the Fortuna-block, Vähätori, Puutori, the Turku Main Library Courtyard, as well as the books stores, museums and galleries of the city, all situated in the heart of Turku. Programme usually includes musical and art performances, literature, theatre, dance, museums and street culture.
- Turku Day (Annually third Sunday in September), Events take place all around the city. The traditional Turku Day is annually celebrated on the third Sunday in September. The inhabitants of Turku are offered many possibilities to get acquainted with their city during Turku Day. The shops in the city centre are open, there are markets and bazaars in different parts of the city, open houses and guided tours, museums and music, art and dance. The day culminates with fireworks at the Samppalinna Park hill at 9PM.
- Christmas Market at the Old Great Square (Four weekends before Christmas in December), Old Great Square. Four weekends before Christmas in December.. Feel the magical spirit of Christmas at the Old Great Square of Turku on four weekends before Christmas. The Christmas Market offers lots of things to see and do for the whole family. The Old Great Square fills with high quality handicrafts, christmas delicacies and various music, theater and circus performances. And of course, there’s also Santa Claus and his family! In addition, you can enjoy the lovely winter weather with cup of warm juice, find something nice in the Christmas ornaments’ exchange point and escape the hustle and bustle to the Christmas concerts of the Old Town Hall.
- Turku Christmas Market (In December), Central Market Square. Turku Christmas Market is a traditional Central European style Christmas market open at the Market Square of Turku in December. Traditional and cosy atmosphere of Christmas arises from the flavors of Christmas, helpful sales persons and their unique quality products and a wide-ranging programme.
- Seikkisrock (Beginning of June). Beginning of June. 7 to 8 June in 2014. A two day festival, organized in early June since 1999 at Turku Adventure Park, offers a wonderful entertainment for children of all ages and childlike persons. Over the years, numerous leading children´s music artists and special guests, have had performances at Seikkisrock. The festivals main focus is on music, but available is also crafts and art workshops, plays, circus, magicians and dancers – not forgetting the bouncy castle. Non-governmental organizations are also involved in the event; they are presented to children in their own ”Worldvillage” with the themes of tolerance and sustainable development. Adventure Park, activity center for children and families, which is located in the district of Kupittaa, offers verdant, comfortable and stimulating environment for the Seikkisrock. Performances that take place at two stages and smaller shows throughout the area guarantee great and memorable festival experience.
- Ruisrock (Beginning of July), Ruissalo Island, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Beginning of July, 4 to 6 July in 2014. Ruisrock, founded in 1970, is the second oldest rock festival in Europe, and the oldest in the Nordic countries and Finland. During the three-day event fans are offered international names, domestic stars and the hottest new acts. Ruisrock attracts almost 100,000 visitors every year from Finland and abroad and it is the biggest music festival in Turku. The festival has attracted world-famous artists throughout its lifetime including such names as Nirvana, Björk, The Cure, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Pet Shop Boys, Oasis, Aerosmith and Rammstein. The festival takes place in the Ruissalo Island, right next to central Turku. The area where the festival takes place is divided into two sections, Niittyalue ("meadow section") and Ranta-alue ("beach section"). three day ticket €128, 2 days €113, 1 day €78.
- Turku Modern (Late July), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Annually in late July. 17 to 20 July in 2014. Turku Modern, the festival for electronic music, storms Turku clubs and galleries annual in July. It brings forward top foreign artists and accomplished domestic performers focusing on electronic and dance music. It takes place in central Turku on the banks of the river Aura in a number of clubs, bars, stages and especially the charming river boats. 2 day ticket €45, 1 day €25.
- Down by the Laituri (DBTL) (End of July), Downtown Turku. End of July, 22 to 27 July in 2014. Finland´s oldest and most legendary city festival takes place in downtown Turku annually in end of July. With most of the acts performing pop and rock music, this multicultural event is centered on the east bank of the River Aura, around the Turku City Theatre. It attracts around 70,000 visitors every year. €22.50.
- Aura Fest (Beginning of August), Barker Park next to river Aura. Beginning of August, 8 to 9 August in 2014. One of the largest Hiphop and Urban music festivals in Finland, is held annually right next to river Aura. In 2014 the festival takes place in Barker Park, just a kilometre away from the central Market Square. Performers include practically all the top domestic Hiphop and urban music performers as well as international guests.
- Turku Music Festival (Annually in August), Around Turku, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. This diverse city festival offers large orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, jazz and outdoor events as well as experiences for the whole family. A variety of Turku’s stunning venues, both modern and historical, are being imaginatively used to host performances from the best in their field.
- Turku Jazz (Mid August), Concerts mainly in the Brewery Restaurant Koulu, Eerikinkatu 18. Mid August, 14 to 17 August in 2014. Second oldest Jazz Festival in Finland. Performers include leading Finnish jazz musicians and special international guests. Concerts are held in restaurants and entertainment venues throughout the city of Turku. In 2014 concerts are held mainly in the Brewery Restaurant Koulu in the city centre, except the Saturday's concert Rhythm & Changes by Turku Jazz Orchestra & Iiro Rantala which is held in Samppalinna Summer Theatre.
There's a great number of expos and fairs held in Turku annually. Most of the fairs take place outside the summer season in autumn and spring. Large part of these fairs take place in the Turku Fair and Congress Center, which is a diverse setting for fairs, meetings, congresses and grand public events.
- Turku Fine Art and Antique Fair (End of March), Turku Fair and Congress Center, Messukentänkatu 9-13. Annually end of March, 21 to 22 March in 2015. Turku Fine Art and Antiques Fair is a premier trade event where a vast array of antiques and art are exhibited. More than 10,000 people visit the fair annually and witness how world renowned artists and antique collectors gather in this exhibition and showcase their art and antique collections.
- Turku International Book Fair (Beginning of October), Turku Fair and Congress Center, Messukentänkatu 9-13. Beginning of October, 3 to 5 October in 2014. The Turku International Book Fair is Finland’s oldest book fair. The Turku Fair and Congress Center hosts the annual event, which brings together visitors, program creators and exhibitors from all over Finland and abroad. The Turku Book Fair garners an abundance of praise and publicity thanks to its solid reputation, long history and cozy atmosphere. The mingling of visitors and exhibitors enables spontaneous encounters between authors and readers. The fair plays host to a variety of events, both large and small. The first Turku Book Fair was held in 1990, and in 2012 an all-time record was set, with 25,000 people attending the fair. Each year, the Turku Book Fair selects one country as the special focus, in addition to a Finnish-focused theme. In 2014 the country in focus is France.
- Turku Food and Wine Fair (Beginning of October), Turku Fair and Congress Center, Messukentänkatu 9-13. Beginning of October, 3 to 5 October in 2014. Arranged at the same time as the Turku International Book Fair. The Turku Food and Wine Fair is one of autumn’s highlights in the city. In October, thousands of food, wine and culture enthusiasts will gather at the Turku Fair and Congress Centre to find new products and services, experience new tastes, learn and shop.
- Paavo Nurmi Games (End of June), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. End of June, 26 June in 2014. The first Paavo Nurmi Games was arranged in 1957 as a birthday present to Nurmi on his 60th birthday. During his career Nurmi took 9 Olympic Gold medals and was among the first athletes to be nominated in the IAAF Hall of Fame. The tradition has gone on ever since and the event is held every year at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium named after the legendary runner. Now a track & field classic, the Turku Paavo Nurmi Games are part of the EA Premium Permit circuit.
- Paavo Nurmi Marathon (End of June), Around central Turku and Ruissalo island, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. End of June, 28 June in 2014. Paavo Nurmi was a Finnish runner who achieved 9 gold and 3 silver medals in the Olympic games during his career. He was born in Turku and is celebrated by a number of sporting events every year. One of the highlights is Paavo Nurmi Marathon, which is one of the leading running events in Finland. One can choose to participate in the full marathon, half marathon or a 10 kilometer races. The total amount of participants has been around 3500 runners annually. The beautiful route of the marathon showcases the most attractive sides of Turku from the shores of the river Aura to Ruissalo Island and back. Right after the start the runners pass by the famous Paavo Nurmi statue, sculpted by Turku born sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen.
- Ruissalo races (End of September). End of September, 20 September in 2014. The traditional Ruissalo races are organized on the end of September in the beautiful island of Ruissalo right next to central Turku. The distances to choose from are half marathon called "Ruisrääkki" and 10 km run "Ruisriikki".
Theater, performing arts and cinema
- Turku City Theater (Turun kaupunginteatteri), Itäinen Rantakatu 14, ☎ , fax: +358-2-262-0065, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. On the main stage of Turku’s City Theater you’ll see the biggest musical spectacles and the highest quality drama. Renovation in Autumn 2014 will see the theater move to a tenporary home in Logomo. In the spring of 2014, whilst still operating from the shores of the River Aura, the Turku City Theater offers performances on three different stages. Notwithstanding children’s favourites and visiting productions, everything from comedy to more serious drama for the thirstyt heatregoer can be found within the theatre’s portfolio. During the autumn renovation work the City Theater moves to its new home in Logomo, in which has been built a new and modern theatre hall. Seen in Logomo during the autumn is also the year’s greatest premiere. The City Theatre’s productions can also be seen in various cooperative projects in and around the city. The best way to keep up-to-date with the repertoire is to visit: www.teatteri.turku.fi.
- Logomo, Köydenpunojankatu 14, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Situated in an old locomotive workshop, Logomo was the main venue for the Capital of Culture year in 2011. It is located right next to the Turku city centre and the Central Railway Station. It provides spaces for several exhibitions and major performance throughout the year. It also has a café and a shop.
- Turku Concert Hall (Turun konserrtitalo), Aninkaistenkatu 9, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. located on the north side of the Puutori Square, Turku Concert Hall build in 1952 was the first concert hall in Finland. The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra primarily performs at the concert hall but there are many top international venues that perform there as well.
- Swedish Theater of Turku (Åbo Svenska Teater), Eerikinkatu 13, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. This is Finland’s oldest theater. The beautiful theater house reached its 175th anniversary in January 2014. ÅST is acclaimed for performing world-class musicals, enjoyed by audiences midst the splendid theater hall. In honor of the anniversary, it presents an updated version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1970’s rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar. The rock musical is performed in Swedish, with Swedish and Finnish subtitles. Åbo Svenska Teater’s anniversary repertoire offers drama and comedy in addition to dance, magic shows, concerts and circus for the whole family.
- Linnateatteri, Linnankatu 31, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Linnateatteri is a professional theater, which performs both in the house and the garden. Linnateatteri has over the last decade presented such comical shows as the Amazing History of Turku and the Amazing Near-history of Turku. You’ll find the Old Kivipaino Theater house and Theater Restaurant on Linnankatu street.In addition to comedy and stand-up performances there's also drama, concerts and children theater among its repertoire. During summer you can also catch up with Linnateatteri on the courtyard stage of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
- Samppalinna Summer Theatre (Samppalinnan kesäteatteri), Paavo Nurmen Puistotie 3, ☎ . Samppalinna summer theater is Finland’s largest summer musical theater and, over the course of fifty years operation, has taken its place in the hallmark of Finnish theater. It specializes in musicals.
- Kinopalatsi (Kinopalatsi Cinema Complex), Kauppiaskatu 11, ☎ +358-(0)600-03391 (€1. , 97/min + tele network charge)This modern cinema complex opened in Turku in the spring 2001. All 9 auditoriums has been invested in the audience comfort. Seat rows are strongly staggered and leg room between rows is optimal. The technique is the highest quality with digital sound and big screens. around €10.
A number of professional and collegiate teams play in Turku and its surrounding cities and towns. There's also a number or sporting facilities where you can speed up your own adrenaline.
Ice Hockey and Football
- HK Areena (Ice Hockey and Music Arena), Artukaistentie 8, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The modern and comfortable HK Areena is well known for hosting large public events and for hosting the games of TPS (Turun Palloseura), Turku's number one ice hockey team. In terms of championships, TPS is the most successful team in the history of the SM-liiga, the top professional ice hockey league in Finland. HK Arena offers a large arena and grandstands in addition to smaller function rooms. Restaurants serve before the entertainment, during the intermission or at breaks, and often even after the event. Big screens and TV monitors ensure the arena atmosphere fills the restaurant and lobby areas.
- Marli Areena (Ice Hockey Arena), Hippoksentie 2. Marli Arena is situated next to the Kupittaa park, as is primarily used for ice hockey. It is the home arena of TuTo (Turun Toverit) hockey team. TuTo plays in the second highest ice hockey league in Finland, Mestis, but the atmosphere in the games can be even better than in the TPS games, since the fans really love the team. Tickets are also less expensive and the Marli Arena is just around 15 minutes walking distance away from the city center.
- Veritas Stadion (football (soccer) stadium), Hippoksentie 6, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Located in the heart of Turku at the Kupittaa Park, Veritas Stadium is Turku's number one football stadium. Both Turku-based teams playing in the national league of Finland - FC Inter and FC TPS - play on the grounds of the stadium.
Sports grounds and parks
- Urheilupuisto Sports Park (in the Turku city centre, on the east bank of the river Aura behind the City Theater). Urheilupuisto is home to the Paavo Nurmi Stadium and many other sporting facilities. This extensive parkland holds an enormous number of places to exercise, come winter, come summer. In addition to the Paavo Nurmi Stadium, the park boasts such things as the Karikon lenkki running track, tennis courts, basketball courts, a volleyball court, an artificial turf playing field and frisbee golf course. In the winter months the Sports Park, naturally, has its ice field and extremely popular sledding hill. Turku Trojans, one of the oldest American Football teams in Finland, plays its games on the upper field of Turku Sports Park.
- Kupittaa Park (Near the Turku city centre, on the east bank of the river Aura, around 15 minutes walk from the Old Great Square and Cathedral). Finland's largest and oldest city park is one of the best places for recreation in Turku. Kupittaa Park is popular with fitness buffs come summer or winter. It's the destination of choice for ice skaters in the winter, in-line skaters in the summer, skateboarders, cyclists, ballplayers, petanque enthusiasts and everyone out for some exercise. Urban athletes can catch some air and grind some rails at the skatepark. Pump some iron at the Turku city's official gym or hit the lanes at the bowling hall. Kupittaa Park also offers families with kids the ever popular Traffic-City, Adventure Park and the Kupittaa Outdoor Pool. Watch birds in action at the Bird Pond. Visitors to the enormous park are spoiled for choice when it comes to picnicking. The wide-open lawns of Kupittaa Park are perfect for everything from football to croquet, while frisbees and kites vie for space in the skies above. One end of the park is dominated by the Veritas Stadium, which is the home pitch of local football team, TPS. And when it's time for a bite to eat, Kupittaa Pavilion will serve up a tasty treat right in the heart of the park. Veritas Stadium is also home to the full-service Olè restaurant.
- Flowpark (Climbing park), Skanssinkatu 10, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Open in the Summer season from May to October from Mon-Sa 12AM to 8PM, Sun 12AM to 6PM. Closed in the winter season from November to April except around special Winter Feast days in January.. Flowpark is a new kind of adventure theme park, where you can measure your skills up in the trees on specially constructed high rope adventure trails. IThere are fifteen different trails and nearly one hundred missions where you can test your balance, coordination and nerve. Flow park is ideal for the active and adventurous types, regardless of age. However, for the high ropes adventure trails there is a minimum restriction in age of seven years and in height of 120cm. For the smaller fast and fearless climber there is a specially built children's trail closer to ground. Flowpark is located in the leafy green courtyard of shopping center Skanssi, with good transportation connections from Turku city centre. Day ticket €22.
- Hirvensalo Ski Resort, Kakskerrantie 111 (Situated at the Hirvensalo Island on the southern side of the city 6 kilometers from the city centre. You can conveniently reach Hirvensalo from the market square of Turku on the Turku city bus lines number 14, 15, 51, 53 and 55. The centre also offers a large number of parking places for private transport.), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. There are four well managed and lit slopes at the Turun Hirvensalo Ski Centre in Turku: 1, 2 and 3-slopes and a slope for children. There are three lifts in Hirvensalo. The longest slope is 300m and the greatest altitude difference is 60m. The degree of difficulty of the slopes ranges from easy to difficult and there are several boxes and rails. Hirvensalo Ski Centre is the perfect place for both beginners and experts, without mentioning families. Services also include Slope cafe, Ski School, and quipment rental. €17 to €28.
Due to its location at the shores of the Archipelago Sea, Turku has a number of great beaches, some of the really close to the city center. There are also two outdoor pools, a water park, and a number of indoor swimming pools and arena's that are open round the year.
- Turku has a number of free beaches around the city. Ispoinen Beach is located within easy reach from Turku Centre by bus number 9 or 13. Swimmers can even access the beach during the winter since there is a sauna and option for ice swimming, when the water is frozen over. Ruissalo camping beach is the favorite of many locals. It is situated at the very end of the Ruissalo Island and on a beautiful summer day you can really feel the archipelago here. You can get to Ruissalo by bus line number 8. Ekvalla beach is situated on the Kakskerta island. When the Finnish summer gets hot, this sandy beach is a good choice for families and sun seekers as well as disabled. Whatever your physical impairment you can have a dip as Ekvalla beach has specially designed walkways and a wheelchair ramp into the water. Lifeguards are supervising swimming on all of the beaches mentioned above during the school summer holiday periods from the beginning of June to the end of August. Other smaller beaches include Brinkhall beach, Moikoinen beach, Sorttamäki beach and Maaria beach.
- Samppalinna Swimming Stadium, Volter Kilven katu 2, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Open fom mid May to mid September Mon-Thu 6AM-8PM, Fri 6AM-7PM, Sat-Sun 8AM-7PM. A refreshing oasis in the middle of the city, on a warm summer day Samppalinna is really popular with the locals. An olympic-size swimming and diving boards where swimmers can jump from the tower. Children have their own pool and there is sunbathing among the stadium’s sunny banks. The changing areas are indoors. The lockers can be locked with a 50-cent coin. Samppalinna has excellent sauna and shower facilities. Adults €5, Discount groups €3, Children between 5 and 16 €2.5, children under 5 years free.
- Kupittaa Outdoor Swimming Arena, Kupittaankatu 10, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open from mid May to mid August everyday 10AM-7PM.. Kupittaa has offered facilities for swimming for over a hundred years. Its located next to the Adventure Park and is a favorite of families especially. In addition to the large 50 meter pool, there's a smaller 25 meter pool, 0.6–0.9m deep children's pool as well as a play area for the little ones and a lawn area for relaxation. The pool area has a kiosk. The nearby Blomberginaukio square offers ample parking. Adults €5, Discount groups €3, Children between 5 and 16 €2.5, children under 5 years free.
- Impivaara Swimming Centre, Uimahallinpolku 4, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Thu 6AM-8PM, Fri 11AM-6PM, Sat-Sun 9AM-5PM. The stunning and newly renovated facilities are named after characters and places in author Aleksis Kivi’s classic novel, Seven Brothers. The swimming area comprises eight pools, called Venla (50 m), Juhani (25 m), Tuomas (diving pool), Aapo (multipurpose pool), Simeoni (family pool), Timo (teaching pool), Lauri (paddling pool) and Eero (cold pool). Impivaara gyms Jukola, Toukola and Männistö have comprehensive and spacious strength training and aerobics facilities. Single entry €7,5/€5/€3 or 10 time card €60/€40/€24.
- JukuPark Waterpark, Kurrapolku 1, ☎ . 7 Jun to 10 Aug every day from 11AM to 5/7PM. JukuPark is a paradise for the whole family just three kilometers from Turku center. At JukuPark, come rain or shine, you're sure to get soaking wet! You’re guaranteed a great day with many spectacular water-slides, large heated swimming pools, sunbathing areas together with saunas, shower rooms and the Pirate Island water-world for the little ones. When hunger surprises there are Juku Park’s grills, cafes, kiosk services and terraces available. €21, children under 4 year free.
Turku has a long academic history: Queen Christina of Sweden founded the first university of Finland in Turku in 1640. At that point it was only Sweden's third university following Uppsala University and the Academia Gustaviana in Tartu. Nowadays Turku is still a major academic town in Finland and because of this the city is bustling with students. Around almost 20 per cent of Turku residents are actually students and many of them are exchange students.
- University of Turku (Turun yliopisto), ☎ . the University of Turku is the second largest university in Finland only behind the University of Helsinki. It houses over 20,000 students in seven faculties: Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, Social Sciences, Education and Economics. Turku University offers its libraries, institutes and museums for Turku residents and visitors to use as well. It offers lectures for children and has an open university for anyone to role in. Turku Open University offers several courses also in English.
- Åbo Akademi, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Åbo Akademi is the only Swedish language university in Finland. It is at the forefront of research in such areas as biosciences, computer science, democracy, human rights, material sciences, process chemistry and psychology. It houses around 8000 students, and has special collections and museums for visitors to enjoy. It also offers several courses in English and is home to a great number of exchange students.
- Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turun Ammattikorkeakoulu), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. TUAS, one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Finland, hosts 9,500 students studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Its academies and faculties range from economics to art, technology, environment and healthcare. It also offers three English taught Bachelor's and two Master’s programmes as well as open studies for anyone willing to join.
- Turku City Library (Turun kaupunginkirjasto), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Fri 9AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-4PM, Sun Noon-6PM. Libraries could be boring in other cities, but not in Turku. Turku City Library is open every day and most city residents have taken to it as their second living room. The architecturally distinguished building also offers facilities for many events and exhibitions. Its a Great place to just chill, have a coffee or lunch at the inner courtyards restaurant or enjoy a book from the wide selection of foreign language literature.
There are plenty of opportunities to part with your cash in Turku. The city centre is full of major retail and independent shops. Shopping in Turku is generally more affordable than in Helsinki, but, as with the rest of Finland, it is by no means cheap by international standards. The numerous second-hand and antique stores represent a unique shopping alternative.
- Market Square (Kauppatori). Weekdays 7AM-6PM, Sat 7AM-3PM. The centrepoint of Turku's western city centre is, without a doubt, the Market Square. In the summer we wholeheartedly recommend having a coffee on the square with the locals or buying groceries from the several local producers who have stalls on the market. In the 1800s the current market square was known as Uusitori ("New Square"), as opposed to the main market square of its time, the Old Great Square, as it is known today. Today, the market square is a popular shopping and meeting place and an authentic tourist attraction. Turku mass transit bus stops are located around the square, as are numerous city businesses. On one side of the square, you'll see the Hansa shopping center, and exactly opposite it, the venerable Wiklund department store. The legendary hotel Hamburger Börs stands at attention on the third side and last, but not least, the Turku Orthodox Church fills out the final quarter.
- Turku Market Hall (Kauppahalli), Eerikinkatu 16 (50 metres from Kauppatori along the Eerikinkatu towards harbor), ☎ . Mon–Fri 8AM–6PM, Sat 8AM–4PM. Completed in 1896, the Turku Market Hall brings a delightful atmosphere reminiscent of times gone by. The old and new meet in perfect harmony in the corridors that have existed for more than a hundred years. The Market Hall, which extends the length of an entire block, was designed by architect Gustaf Nyström. There you’ll find traditional meat and fish counters, delicatessen and speciality shops, bread, milk and cheese shops as well as restaurants and cafes. Stop by the fish shop S. Wallin, try some reindeer meat from Poronlihan erikoisliike Heinonen or buy some cheese at Juustopuoti. Have a coffee and cake in Aschan Blue Train café or shop for a special souvenirs at the nostalgic Wanha Turku Kauppa (Old Turku Store). There's also a great lunch court at the market hall, where you can choose to eat either ethnic or domestic food.
- Hansa Shopping Centre (Kauppakeskus Hansa or Hansakortteli), Yliopistonkatu 20 (Adjacent to the main Market Square). Mon-Fri 7AM-9:30PM, Sat 7:30AM-7PM, sun 10AM-7PM. More than 150 shops found under one roof, Turku’s oldest and largest shopping center offers excellent shopping with a number of specialist shops and a first class department store. You'll also find a number of cafés, restaurants and a theatre and services for even the most discerning of tastes.
- KOP-Kolmio (KOP-Triangle), Aurakatu 8, ☎ . Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, sun 12AM-4PM. KOP-Kolmio is a smaller shopping center situated next to the Market Square and the larger Hansa Shopping Center. It offers mostly fashion stores and few cozy cafes. The building is mostly home to companies that are on the upper floors of the building, including the local branch of Yleisradio (YLE), Finland's national television company.
- Skanssi Shopping Center (Kauppakeskus Skanssi), Skanssinkatu 10, ☎ . Weekdays 8AM-9PM, Sat 8AM-6PM, Sun 12AM-6PM. 20 minutes from the city center with bus line 9 you'll find Skanssi shopping centre. Its is like a charming little city just 4 km from downtown Turku. Skanssi has excellent connections and it’s easy to get there also by car, bicycle, or even on foot. Skanssi is home to 90 special stores, Hypermarket, a wide variety of cafés and restaurants, an indoor playground and excellent parking facilities – not to mention the improved dog sitting service. The architecture pays tribute to the historical style and emulates a small European city, making Skanssi a uniquely pleasant and enjoyable place to meet friends and spend time.
- Shopping Centre Mylly (Kauppakeskus Mylly), Myllynkatu 1–99, Raisio. Weekdays 10AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 12AM-6PM. Only ten minutes’ drive from downtown Turku on the E18 highway, shopping center Mylly is situated in Turku's neighboring town Raisio. With plenty of parking you will find a variety of services, 100 shops as well as cafes and restaurants. For the smallest members of the family, Mylly offers a free play area and childcare points. All Mylly’s shops (except Alko and Office Services) serve every day with consistent opening hours across all stores.
- Stockmann. Weekdays 9AM-8PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 10AM-6PM. Located in the centre of Turku at the Hansa Shopping Center, the Stockmann first class department store offers a wide selection of products from foods to top fashion and electronics. It sells practically everything you can possibly need, offering selected products from Finnish design brands like Arabia, Iittala, Marimekko and Aarikka. There is also a visitor centre which provides visitors with advice and help on tax free issues and buying tickets to events and venues. Opposite to the department store at the shopping center lies Stockmann's bookstore, Akateeminen Kirjakauppa. There is also a café with great lunch as well as an excellent supermarket at the basement level of the store.
- Wiklund, Eerikinkatu 11, ☎ . Weekdays 8AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun closed. Next to the Market square opposite side of the Hansa Shopping center, Wiklund is a first class department store. It services are built for women and mens fashion, beauty, home and children, outdoor activities and exercise, as well as entertainment. Department store services are complemented by the Cafe Wiklund, a hair salon, Alko wine and alcohol store, pharmacy, shoemaker and Eurokangas fabric store.
- Turku Design Now! -Shop, Läntinen Rantakatu 13 A, ☎ , e-mail: http://turkudesignnow.fi/en/. Weekdays 11AM-6PM, Sat 11AM-4PM. TDN shop is owned by a collective of Turku based designers who sell interior decor goods, accessories, clothing for adults and children, ceramics, popular Turku-themed products, and for example Kotona Design's wonderful magnetic chalkboards. Ingenious products are designed and, in most cases, also manufactured in Finland. The shop carries products from, among others, KUI Design, Punainen Norsu, Klo Design, Terraviiva, Tonfisk Design and Woodoo Design.
- Televisio Lifestyle Store, Hämeenkatu 32, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue-Fri 11AM-7PM, Sat 11AM-4PM. Near the East end of the Aura Bridge, in a secluded courtyard, you'll find a personal boutique offering a wide selection of clothes, shoes, bags, hats, jewelry, accessories and little bit of art as well. Everything in store is from young Finnish and Nordic designers.
- Sisutuksen koodi, Linnankatu 6, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon 11AM-6PM, Tue-Fri 10AM-6PM, Sat 11AM-2PM. Sisustuksen koodi (The interior code) is a interior design store situated in the center of Turku. It sells functional high-quality furniture and everything else you might need to furnish your apartment. You'll also find great Finnish design brands from here such as Artek, which was founded by legendary Finnish architect couple Alvar and Aino Aalto.
- Sylvi Salonen, Linnankatu 14 (Situated in the Fortuna quarter in the centre of Turku), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. This boutique is situated in an old stall building of the 1880's in central Turku. It was founded in 1928 by Sylvi Salonen, who started selling her own embroidery designs. Nowadays Sylvi Salonen still offers a wide selection of embroidery and handwork accessories but also high quality gifts and trendy home decor items, Finnish handicrafts, Home decor and Scandinavian design. Also a versatile range of tableware accessories, candles and lanterns.
- Marimekko. A cornerstone of Finnish design and fashion is Marimekko, known around the world for its fresh and bold patterns and prints. You can find a number of Marimekko shops in Turku, including, amongst others, in the shopping centers of Skanssi and Mylly, with the largest store located in the Hansa Shopping Center.
- Punainen Norsu (Red Elephant), Puistokatu 18, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekdays 10AM-4PM. Punainen Norsu (Red Elephant) is a children's clothing line originating from Turku. All the colorful and graphic clothes are made mostly from recycled materials. You have to walk a bit from the city center to reach Red Elephant store, but there is also a small boutique in central Turku in the Forum Shopping Center. It is open Wed-Fri 11AM-6PM and Sat 11AM-3PM.
- Gullkrona, Nunnankatu 12, e-mail: email@example.com. Jan-Jun Wed-Fri 11AM-5PM, Jul-Dec Tue-Fri 11AM-5PM, Sat 11AM-2PM. Gullkrona is a design and handicrafts shop situated in theold part of Turku, on Nunnakatu right next to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. The shop in Turku is small and has a great atmosphere. Despite its size, the shop in Turku has been able to provide great service, especially during the Old Fashioned Christmas Markets. Customers tend to appreciate its range of products, since it is quite different from that of other shops in Turku. In the weekends before Christmas the shop has the same opening hours as the market.
- Baobab Kids & lifestyle, Yliopistonkatu 11, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekdays 10AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-3PM. Baobab Kids & lifestyle is a shop aimed for families with children. Their products range from kids clothing from 56cm up to 128cm, a selection of pregnancy clothing, nostalgic wooden toys, retro bags and backpacks, as well as some lovely gifts.
- Idea Estradi, Humalistonkatu 4. Weekday 10AM-5PM, Sat 11AM-2PM. Idea Estradi sells only Finnish handmade products: interior decoration, business gift, souvenirs, jewelry, bags, candles, ceramics and glass products, paintings, soft toys, textiles, towels, cards, and everything else you can think of to need from a handicrafts shop.
- Joutomaa, Kellonsoittajankatu 8, ☎ . Mon 11AM-7PM, Tue-Fri 11AM-5PM. Joutomaa (literally meaning Wasteland) is a small and funny gift shop, which is full of lovely hand-made treasures for yourself or for a friend. Most of the design products are made by the owner Reetta Isotupa-Siltanen, who is specially famous for her cards and prints, which combine old gloss photos which she has found and prints made by herself. She also has a great online store.
- VintagEija`s, Maariankatu 10 (Just few blocks away from the Market Square), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue to Fri 10AM-6PM, Sat 9AM-2PM. VintagEija's sells gift, vintage wear and accessories, specializing in American style vintage. There is a rockabilly and burlesque atmosphere in this small boutique, with clothing from 40's,50's and 60's. In addition they sell new garment which have been made in the style of vintage for both men and women.
- Boutique Minne, Kaskenkatu 2, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed-Fri 11AM-5:30PM, Sat 10AM-2PM. Boutique Minne situated in the Kaskenmäki Hill in central Turku a small boutique and sewing workshop selling and making women's vintage clothing. Minne's range includes lovely vintage dresses and new production of bridal and formal wear for women. You'll also find new and old accessories, jewelry, as well as local arts and crafts and unique design.
- BOB's Vintage & Repair (Vintage clothing for men), Rauhankatu 12 A, e-mail: email@example.com. Weekdays 12AM-6PM, Sat 11AM-4PM. BOB's is a small vintage lifestyle boutique in the center of the city. This store brings a small piece of London to the streets of Turku selling good quality vintage menswear. There's a large selection of all kinds of clothing, shoes and accessories.
- Butik Lilian, Yliopistonkatu 11, ☎ . Tue-Fri Noon-6PM, Sat 10AM-3PM. Butik Lilian is a celebration of individual women's clothing. Its a small business specializing in evening and party dresses, accessories and jewelry for different occasions. You can choose from vintage products or if you don't find what you need, their specialty is custom made clothing. Occasionally they have some good vintage bargains, so don't miss them.
- 8raita, Yliopistonkatu 11, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekdays 10AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-5PM. 8raita sells all kinds of records ranging from second hand cd's and lp's to music dvd's and other products. It also has a good online-store and staff that can give you great recommendations.
- Asema, Läntinen Pitkäkatu 22, e-mail: email@example.com. Tue-Fri Noon-6PM, Sat Noon-3PM. Small independent store that sells LP's, both secondhand and brand new. Music concentrates more on hiphop, soul, funk, jazz, reggae, punk and electronic. They also sell services ranging from film editing to lighting design.
- Iki-Pop, Linnankatu 7. This personal tiny record store, situated opposite the Main City Library, sells secondhand records, both cd's and lp's, but the main focus is on vinyl. This is a real haven for those who like to dig through loads of old goodies and find the one you've been looking everywhere.
- Kaakko, Yliopistonkatu 38, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tue-Fri Noon-6PM, Sat 11AM-2PM. Founded in 2004 Kaakko sells and buys second hand vinyl records and has at the moment almost 9000 records in stock with daily arrivals - that's probably the largest selection of vinyl records in all of Turku. If you're not able to visit the store, you can find all the records online as well.
Turku and other parts of Finland Proper are home to the more western influenced Finnish cuisine, which has features especially from Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The long traditions of farming and fishing in the area have contributed to the local food culture. Fish, especially herring - Finland Propers Regional fish - has been at the heart of the regions culinary traditions for centuries. It is eaten all year round salted, fried, grilled and smoked. In addition, perch, whitefish and pike are often used. You must also remember to try the famous raisin sausage, a regional specialty which you can buy for example from the Turku Market Hall. On the side you can have a slice of another regional specialty, the Archipelago sweet malt bread. As a dessert enjoy a good cup of coffee together with pulla (cinnamon roll) or Piispanmunkki (Bishops Doughnut), which is similar to a Berliner the traditional North German pastry.
There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes on and around the Market Square of Turku. For fast food or pizzeria meals, you will generally need to pay under €10 and Burger meals are around €5–€8 (including drink and fries). Lower end meals with some simple pasta or soup with water or a soft drink is usually around €10 to €20. For proper restaurant meals with a high-grade steak meal with good wine, expect to pay around at least €30 to €60. Generally, proper restaurants are open until 10–11PM, on weekends maybe an hour longer. Fast food chains, pizzerias and other such places are open later at night, some as late as 3–5AM. In some establishments, the bar may remain open for drinks even though the kitchen has closed and no food is available.
Hesburger is the dominant burger chain in Turku, and you will find several of these in the city centre. Pizzerias are frequently kebab-pizzerias, offering both Turkish kebab and Italian pizza dishes on their menu. You will also find a lot of these downtown. Unfortunately, the restaurants offering the finest kebabs are not located in the core downtown. During the lunch time, from about 11AM to about 2PM, most restaurants serve food for reasonable prices.
- Unica Restaurants, Rehtoripellonkatu 4, ☎ . Unica, owned by the Student Union of the university of Turku, owns several high quality student restaurants around the Campus area near Turku cathedral. Nearest ones to the city central are situated near the main building of the Turku university. If you're a student you can eat here very inexpensively, if you're not the food has still very good value for money ratio.
- Arvin Grilli ja Lounas, Nosturinkatu 5, e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Fri 6:00AM - 3:00PM. Great price quality relation. Lunch 6,5e, soup lunch 5e including salad, bread, milk and coffee. (Lunch is served from 10:00AM to 01:30PM).
- Hesburger. Open from early morning to dusk, some of them even round the clock. Just ask any of the locals: Hesburger burgers really do taste better! Originating from Turku, Hesburges is today the largest hamburger restaurant chain in Finland, surpassing such chains as McDonald's and Burger King. It is still run by the family that started it in the 1960's. It is especially popular in Turku, since the company is still based there and has a large number of restaurants scattered around the city. Its almost hard not to pass one when walking around the city center. You'll find four Hesburgers just around the main Market Square area. Around €5 to 10€.
- Taco Nito, Aurakatu 3, ☎ . Owned by Mexican brothers, Taco Nito serves simple but very tasty finger food in the Turku city center. Corn, meat, salsa, beans, chili and avocado are cornerstones of the food. Restaurant has continuously had good feedback from customers and has relatively low prices. Around €10.
- Yasukon Keittiö (Yasuko's Kitchen), Yliopistonkatu 26 C (second floor), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Yasuko's kitchen is a tiny Japanese restaurant that serves everyday home cooked Japanese meals, and some sushi and other more common dishes. Everything is well-prepared and the atmosphere in the restaurant is very authentic. Yasuko's seats less than 20 people, but more than 10 customers mean you might have to wait for your food, but it's worth it.
- Kiinanmuuri (Great Wall of China), Sirkkalankatu 27. Kiinanmuuri is known in Turku as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city. Even though it's usually crowded around noon, decorations are outdated and it seems a bit suspicious, their food is superb. All the ingredients are very fresh and the portions are usually huge. Lunchtime service is really fast. If you're extra hungry or wish to survive couple of days on one portion, try the take away to get even larger portions of food.
- Latte Café, Kristiinankatu 5. Sweet little café in the heart of the city that also serves very inexpensive lunch. Huge list of different coffees from every corner of the earth are also available. Menu include's toasts, paninis, salads, bagels, etc. No need to go to a restaurant because of hunger because the sizes of these foods are big. Atmosphere is very relaxing thanks to jazz and latin sounds and warm colors. If you feel like you want more privacy, you can go to the back room and sit on the cozy couch. And during summer you can also sit outside.
- Kortteliravintola Kerttu (Quarter Restaurant Kerttu), Läntinen pitkäkatu 35, ☎ . Mon-Wed 10:30AM-11PM, Thu-Fri 10:30AM-Midnight, Sat 12AM-Midnight, Sun 12AM-7PM. Kerttu is a popular quarter restaurant on the northern side of the city center nearby the Central Railway Station. They have a reasonably priced menu that includes fresh food and drinks for both omni- and herbivores. Kerttu is very popular amongst students, and there is even a laundromat in the restaurant for visitors to use, while they are enjoying their meals. On weekend they have a special Hamburger Buffet, that is very popular among locals. Staff is very friendly and welcoming whenever you wish to stop by.
- Rantakerttu, Läntinen rantakatu 55, ☎ . Mon-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri 11AM-Midnight, Sat Noon-Midnight, Sun 12AM-6PM. Rantakerttu is Kortteliravintola Kerttu's sister restaurant situated next to river Aura close to both the Föri ferry and the Turku guest harbor. Its good place to stop by and have lunch while walking along the riverside watching at the sights.
- JusThai Bistro, Linnankatu 38, ☎ . Everyday 11AM-8PM. First Thai street food bistro in Turku. A small food place with a unique concept taking most premium ingredients from local Finnish farmers and producers interweave with authentic Thai ingredients to bring the real exotic taste from homemade cooking portion by portion from farm to fork (F2F). Warmly welcome with service-minded for you to enjoy the peaceful scenery around with a small portion of healthy snacks and no sugar added smoothies or fresh carrot juice, BBQ Spare Ribs with JusThai chili sauce. Fill up your hunger with our signature's PadThai with shrimps, chicken or vegetarian version for your lunch or dinner.
- Rax Buffet, Aurakatu 12, ☎ . Mon-Sat 11AM-9PM, Sun Noon-7PM. Rax offers an all you can eat style buffet that includes Pizza, barbegue food, salads, ice cream and soft-drinks. Good option if you feel like really filling your stomach for a long time inexpensively.
- Sergio's, Läntinen Rantakatu 27, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Weekdays 4PM-11PM, Sat 1PM-11PM. Sergio's Restaurant is an authentic Italian restaurant situated in a 1787 wooden house by the river Aura. Most of the ingredients are imported from Italy, so the food is of quality and taste. Also, as a rule, the staff is Italian, but the service is of course also in Finnish and English. Sergio's serves authentic Italian cuisine: pizzas, pasta, fish, meat, risottos, vegetarian dishes and Italian desserts. Good wine selection as well.
- Wanhan Paronin Kellari (Old Baron's Cellar), Yliopistonkatu 37, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tue–Thu 2PM–10PM, Fri-Sat 2PM–Midnight. Don't be fooled by the humble entrance; Situated a little bit off the city center Wanhan Paronin Kellari is very atmospheric cellar restaurant that has many medievally decorated small compartments. Food is includes seasonal products as well as steaks and game. Value for money is surprisingly good.
- Blanko, Aurakatu 1, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Tue 11AM-11PM, Wed-Thu 11AM-Midnight, Fri 11AM-3AM, Sat Noon-3AM, Sun Noon-6PM. Kitchen is open until 10PM.. Blanko has one of the best restaurant locations in Turku right next to the Aura Bridge in central city. Blanko has been popular sight for the locals for several years and has been chosen as the best bar in many occasions. It is especially known for its Sunday brunch, as well as the street terrace facing river Aura, where you can see locals dressed up in their finest. Blanko offers lunch, brunch, a list of foods as well as catering.
- Kado Sushi, Inside the Market Hall, Eerikinkatu 16, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekdays 11AM-6PM, Sat 11AM-4PM. Kado sushi combines the wholesome delicacies with aesthetic pleasures, all prepared using the freshest ingredients. Japanese cuisine is famous for its light and healthy reputation. The best components create the finest flavours: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, delicious – different tastes working in harmony. From Kado you can also order takeaway and enjoy your meal alone or in a group.
- Ristorante Dennis, Linnankatu 17. Well known and respected Italian Family restaurant in Turku has served locals since 1975. It is famous for its pizzas, succulent pastas, salads and other Italian dishes. It is particularly family friendly, and especially during the weekend reservations are advisable! You can also order out or have take away. If you visit during the summer, ask to be seated on the outdoor roof terrace of the building!
- Hiili, Aurakatu 6, Second floor, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue-Thu 5PM-10:30PM, Fri5PM-11:30PM, Sat 2PM-11:30PM. Hiili - American Bar & Grill - offers an authentic American BBQ experience with nice views to the heart of Turku. Menu includes Pulled Pork, BBQ Ribs and other American delicacies. Hiili chefs have developed their own BBQ sauces and meals from local ingredients.
- Viking Restaurant Harald (Viikinkiravintola Harald), Aurakatu 3. Mon–Thu 11-24, Fri 11–01 Sat 12–01, Sun 15–22. Located right in the heart of the city centre, Viking Restaurant Harald serves up the very finest the forest and waters have to offer - just like in the days of the ancient Northern adventurers. The menu has meat and fish in its many forms, but not even the Vikings would have been to make their epic journeys without a healthy dose of vegetables, not to mention a mouthwatering dessert.
- Trattoria Romana, Hämeenkatu 9. Authentic Italian trattoria, owned by Italians. Excellent value for money. Tip: try their unrivaled pizza Margarita.
- Delhi Darbar, Hämeenkatu 8, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Thu 10:30AM–10PM, Fri 10:30AM–11PM, Sat Noon–11PM, Sun Noon–10PM. Probably the best Indian restaurant in Turku, Delhi Darbar serves excellent and authentic Indian food. Short walk from the Cathedral.
- Pippurimylly (Pepper Mill), Stålarminkatu 2, ☎ . Weekdays 11AM-11PM, Sat Noon-11PM, Sun Noon-9PM, kitchen closes 1 hour before closing time. If you want to try something bit further away from the city center, Pippurimylly (Pepper Mill) is a nostalgic option. Its a traditional family owned restaurant that has served locals for decades. It uses Finnish products and is well known for its steaks.
- Mami, Linnankatu 3, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue-Fri Lunch from 11AM to 3PM, À la carte 5PM-10PM, Sat À la carte 1PM-10PM, Sun-Mon closed. Situated at the riverfront, Mami is considered by many to be the best restaurant in Turku. It has charmed visitors with its relaxed service, carefully prepared food and a comfortable and modern environment, as well as an outstanding location at the heart of the historic center of Turku. The summer terrace offers the most beautiful views of Turku. They also serve a great lunch, which is price friendly compared to the quality of the food.
- Pinella, Vanha Suurtori 2, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch: Tue-Fri 11AM-3PM, Sat Noon-3PM. À la carte: Tue-Fri 5PM-11PM, Sat 4PM-11P. Bar: Tue-Thu 5PM-11PM, Fri-Sat 4PM-1AM. Pinella is a landmark building on the river in the heart of Turku. It has been transformed into a new contemporary bar and restaurant, creating a fresh chapter in its history as an important cultural and artistic venue.
- Smör, Läntinen Rantakatu 3, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Smör offers delicately prepared food by professional chefs in the kitchen as well as skilled waiting staff providing a high-class service. The menu changes according to the seasons combining ingredients and flavors that stand out with purity and authenticity. Midst the milieu of the cellar vaults, Smör serves both at lunchtime and in the evening.
- E. Ekblom, Läntinen Rantakatu 3, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed-Thu 5PM-11PM, Fri-Sat 5PM-1AM. E. Ekblom is a new, comfortable high quality wine restaurant at the heart of the city. Its carefully selected wines offer wide variety for customers to choose from with seasonal changes. Ekblom is situated in a beautiful, respectfully renovated premises on two floors creating an inspiring milieu for enjoying wine in a good company. Kitchen offers sweet and savory delicacies to accompany the wine while the summer terrace has great views towards the river Aura.
- Tintå, Läntinen Rantakatu 9, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon 11AM-Midnight, Tue-Thu 11AM-1AM, Fri 11AM-2AM, Sat Noon-2AM, Sun Noon-10PM. Tintå is a wine restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, situated right next to the river Aura near the Aura Bridge on the west bank of the river. Restaurant serves more than a hundred different wines, and a short but good menu of gourmet pizzas and tasty lunch on weekdays. Terrace completes the river landscape.
- Suomalainen Pohja, Aurakatu 24, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekdays 10AM-10PM. Club Restaurant Suomalainen Pohja (Finnish Base) was built in 1980 and was designed by architect Sigvard Eklund. Club's interior were designed by an Englishman, Sir George Salmon. The plan has been the basis for an English club activities. Pohja serves traditional fine dining food and atmosphere.
- Foija, Aurakatu 10, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Tue 11AM-10PM, Wed-Thu 11AM-11PM, Fri 11PM-Midnight, Sat Noon-Midnight, Sun 1PM-10PM. Foija's, situated next to the entrance of the shopping center Hansa, has great atmosphere: it is situated in an old cellar that has been decorated with some modern twists. Food is of high quality and the staff is very professional and eager to meet all your needs.
- Teini, Uudenmaankatu 1, ☎ . Mon 11AM-4PM, Tue 11AM-9PM, Fri-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri 11AM-11PM, Sat 1PM-11PM. Teini is a very traditional restaurant that has changed owners many times. The food is of good quality, but maybe not as good as in some of the hot restaurants of Turku. Atmosphere though is very pleasant, since Teini is located in the old part of Turku, just off the old square.
- Ludu, Linnankatu 17, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tue-Thu 5PM–11PM, Fri-Sat 5PM–Midnight. Ludu is a small fine dining restaurant that serves European food. It also has excellent wine selection and changing seasonal products on its menu.
- Stefan's Steakhouse, Läntinen Rantakatu 37, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Thu 4PM-11PM, Fri 4PM-Midnight, Sat 1PM-Midnight, Sun 2PM-8PM. Opened in 2011 by Amerikan Top Chef finalist Stefan Richter, this steak restaurant is situated on an empire building originating from 1849 on the banks of river Aura. As its name suggests, steaks are the main course on the menu. Examples include the house specialty, Wagyu beef and Kobe-style steaks.
- Restaurant Samppalinna, Itäinen Rantakatu 10, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Restaurant Samppalinna – a part of the vibrant Turku history since 1832 – is a spectacular wooden villa with terraces located on the banks of the River Aura. In summer the restaurant provides great experiences for lovers of good food, drink and theatre.
Lunch and Brunch
- Fontana Café, Aurakatu 1 (Opposite City Hall and Turku tourist office near Aura bridge). Mon-Thu 10AM-10PM, Fri 10AM-Midnight, Sat 11AM-Midnight, Sun Noon-8PM (Brunch served Noon-4PM). Fontana is a street-level cafe in historical milieu in the heart of the city. It offers on the best lunches in Turku, has fresh bakery products which are baked in its own bakery and also a bar that opens in the evening. On weekend it serves a popular brunch. Fontana has won many competitions as the best cafe and lunch-restaurant in the city.
- Cafe Brahe, Hansa and Skanssi Shopping centers. Mon-Fri 9:30AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun Noon-6PM. Cafe Brahes are situated in the Pedestrian Zone of Yliopistonkatu as well as the Hansa and Skanssi shopping centers. They are popular choices in Turku because of their lunch as well as over sized portions, for example huge cinnamon rolls.
- W Café, Eerikinkatu 11, ☎ . Weekdays 9AM-8:30PM, Sat 9AM-5:30PM, Sun Noon-5:30PM. W Café situated inside the Wiklund Department Store is know for its home cooking styled lunch and good views of the Market Square. Its also family friendly and even has a Ball pit for kids.
- Stockmann Buffet, Kristiinankatu 11, Inside Hansa Shopping Center, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Weekdays 9AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-6PM. Stockmann Buffet is the Cafe Restaurant of the Stockmann Department Store. Both are situated inside the Hansa Shopping center. Its a family friendly large cafe that serves everything from breakfast to lunch.
- Honkapirtti, Albert Ravilan raitti, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekday 11AM-5PM, Weekend 10AM-5PM. Honkapirtti in Ruissalo Island is an East Karelian style large cabin, that has for decades been a pleasant stage and stopping point for people enjoying the nature on the island. It serves unpretentious lunch consisting of traditional pea soup and delicisoius pancakes. Coffee table also has a range of traditional delicacies, cakes and pies.
- Cafe Sirius, Linnankatu 2, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Weekdays 9AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-4PM, Sun Noon-5PM. Situated on the inner yard of the City Library of Turku, Cafe Sirius serves salty and sweet delicacies and great coffee products and ice cream. On weekdays it also serves lunch from 11AM-3PM.
- Elvina Cagé, Yliopistonkatu 15, ☎ . Weekdays 9AM-7PM, Sat 11AM-4PM. Elvina Cafe is located in stone throw away from the Market Square. This small cafe seeks a 1920s atmosphere since its situated in a building originating from that era. Lunch is served daily as well as coffee and other cafe products.
- PullaPuoti, Puistokatu 3, ☎ . Weekdays 8AM-4PM. PullaPuoti close to the Turku Police Station and Hostel Turku serves delicious pastries, snack foods, coffee and filled sandwiches and cakes. For lunch you can choose a soup, salad, pan pizza or pasta. PullaPuoti is known especially for also serving lots of gluten-free products.
- Cafe Elegia, Brahenkatu 1 B, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Thu 9AM-6PM, Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat closed, Sun 11AM-4PM. Cafe Elegia in city center serves self-baked delicious pastries, cakes, pies and tasty lunch as well as brunch on sundays. Its located in atmospheric old building near city library and the Old Great Square.
- Aula Cafe, Itäinen Rantakatu 4–6 (In the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum). Everyday 11AM-6PM, lunch served weekdays 11AM-3PM, Weekend brunch 11AM-3PM,. Aula Cafe situated at the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum serves a rich selection of Mediterranean style dishes, including some great vegetarian choices. Saturday and Sunday it may be packed, since the brunch on the weekend is one of the best ones in the city. Reservation helps, or you need to time your visit early or late.
- Pub Niska, Kristiinankatu 1, ☎ . Mon-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri 11AM-11PM, Sat Noon-11PM, Sun Noon-10PM. Pub Niska Turku is a restaurant concept developed by chef Michael Björklund from the Åland Islands. The idea is to serve local food produced from high-quality ingredients. Open around the year, it offers Pub Niska’s famous, tasty archipelago pizzas. Archipelago pizza, i.e. Åland-style pizza, is made from fresh, high-quality ingredients that mainly come from Åland. Our list also includes filling salads, delicious desserts and a versatile drink selection.
- Bremer, Uudenmaankatu 1. Mon-Tue 4PM-11PM, Wed-Thu 4PM-Midnight, Fri-Sat 4PM-2AM. Gastropub Bremer serves food and drinks at the Old Town part of Turku near the cathedral. Bremer is also close to the universities, and because of that its often filled with students, but never noisy. The prices on both food and drinks are student-friendly, and the labyrinth of rooms makes Bremer both cozy and suitable for group meetings. Worth to check out!
- Vaakahuoneen Paviljonki, Linnankatu 38,, ☎ . Pavilion restaurant Vaakahuone is an entertainment complex situated at the banks of river Aura. It serves live music, dancing, specialty coffee shop, a pizza restaurant, ans an àla carte restaurant. End of the building also serves as the Steamship Ukkopekkas ticket office.
- Hunsvotti, Läntinen Rantakatu 55, ☎ . Mon 11AM- 4PM, Tue-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri 3PM-Midnight, Sat 2PM-Midnight, Sun 2PM-7PM. Hunsvotti is situated right next to its sister restaurant Rantakerttu next to river Aura and near Föri. Its a combination of a sportsbar and gastropub, since you can order food from the Rantakerttu restaurant to the pub.
- Pikku-Torre, Yliopistonkatu 30, ☎ . Mon-Tue 11AM-1AM, Wed-Thu 11AM-2AM, Fri 11AM-3AM, Sat Noon-3AM, Sun Noon-1AM. Pikku-Torre (Little Torre) is combination of restaurant, sports bar and club. It has a good menu full of steaks, burgers and salads. It also serves lunch every day. In the evening it turns more into a bar and nightclub.
Restaurants and bars have varying closing hours, but generally, the popular nightclubs and discos are open until 4AM. Last call always occurs half an hour before closing time, and is indicated by the bar staff turning the lights off for a few seconds, then turning them back on. They may repeat this a few times in quick succession to make sure the patrons get it. It's generally smart to leave about ten minutes before the last call, to avoid being caught in the rush of everybody trying to leave at once, especially if you are planning to get back to your night spot by a taxi.
Night clubs tend to have guarded cloakrooms where you can leave any of your outer garments in exchange for a ticket. Using the coat service is generally considered mandatory even if this is not explicitly pointed out. The cloakroom fee is usually 2 - 2,50 euros. Do not lose the ticket; the bar staff will often not want to hash out ticket confusions during closing time when things are at their most chaotic. If you lose the ticket, you may be told to come back the following day to get your things, expect to be able to prove the jacket is your by telling the staff the make of the jacket/colour of lining/contents of pockets.
The legal drinking age in Finland is 18 for mild alcoholic drinks (up to 20%/40-proof) and 20 for stronger drinks than that, but virtually all establishments sell stronger drinks to 18-year-olds as well. The minimum age required to enter bars/pubs/nightclubs differs; legally, one must be at least 18 to enter places that serve alcohol, but many clubs and bars have higher age limits (20 - 24 yrs).
- CaféArt, Läntinen Rantakatu 5, ☎ . Weekdays 10AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-5PM. Coffee culture in Finland is quite big, but Finns tend to prefer "regular" filtered coffee over espressos and similar coffee machine products. CaféArt however is an exception in this culture, as it offers excellent special coffees along with delicious cakes. It probably also has one of the best Cafe locations in Turku, right next to river Aura in the old part of the city center.
- Fabbes Cafe, Tehtaankatu 6, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Thu 8AM-6PM, Fri 8AM-4PM. Favorite of the locals and especially students, Fabbes café is a cozy small cafe in a beautiful area near the university and the cathedral. They serve lunch during weekdays at 11AM for great price (around 6/7 euros, with salad and coffee). In addition, they have a nice selection of traditional Finnish cinnamon rolls and homemade sweet treats, smoothies, etc. There's also different (sweet and savory) pies and cakes.
- Just Time, Humalistonkatu 7 A, ☎ . Everyday 9AM-9PM. This cafe is different! It has a unique concept that charges you €1 per 15 minutes and with that price you can drink coffee or tea and eat biscuits as much as you like. In addition to coffee they serve daily newspapers, free wireless internet connection, free printer, board-games and nice atmosphere.
- Cafe Qwensel, Läntinen Rantakatu 13 B. Tue-Sun 10AM-6PM. Cafe Qwensel, located in the Pharmacy Museum's inner courtyard, is extremely charming spot of old milieu in the heart of the city. During the summer there are chickens and roosters on the yard and you can really feel you have traveled back in time. The cafe serves home-made pastries that have been prepared according to recipes from the 18th century.
- Nuvola Gelateria, Eerikinkatu 13 (in Hansa Shopping Center). Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun Noon-6PM. The Gelateria Nuvole is definitely the best place to have an ice cream in Turku. The owners, Italians Angelo and Stefano, make traditional Italian ice cream on the site, without any artificial elements. The atmosphere is relaxed and happy with an italian touch.
- Teepolku (Tee Path), Humalistonkatu 13, ☎ . Weekdays 1PM-7PM, Weekend Noon-6PM. Teepolku tea house located near to the central railway station is a Chinese shop and tea house. They import high quality tea from China as well as tea pots and cups and authentic tools. At the moment, its the only Tea house in the city.
- Café Voltaire, Aninkaistenkatu 5, ☎ . Tue-Fri 11AM-7:30PM, Sat 11AM-4PM. Café Voltaire & Boutique combines two old French concept: a literature café (café littéraire) where you can discuss and exchange ideas, for example in literature, art, philosophy, etc., and a coffee shop (café épicerie) where you can buy authentic French food.
- Cafe Manuela, Läntinen Rantakatu 65, ☎ . Weekdays 8AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Located next to Vari Square and Sigyn, the last remaining wooden barque used for trade across the oceans. The café serves a fresh coffee, specialty coffees, as well as a wide selection of sweet and savory delicacies.
- Gaggui, Humalistonkatu 15. Tue-Fri 10AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun Noon-6PM. In this tiny cafe the cakes are the main thing. They are fantastic and made by hand on the site. Coffee is also top-notch and the service is super friendly. Highly recommendeded.
- Kirjakahvila (Book Cafe), Vanha Suurtori 1, ☎ . Weekdays 11AM-7PM. In addition live acoustic music or other cultural events often in the evening. Located at the historical Old Great Square, this is a culture cafe and a bookshop (hence the name, which means "Book Cafe") run by volunteers. Besides books there are also a lot of comics, postcards and posters by local artists for sale. Freshly baked cakes every day, even for vegans. Free wireless Internet available, ask the staff for passwords.
- Arnolds, Eerikinkatu 15 (in Hansa Shopping Center) and Aurakatu 8 (KOP-Kolmio). Weekdays 9AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun Noon-6PM. Tasty doughnuts baked on location. Arnolds is a chain coffee and donut shop with locations in all Finnish cities, so it might not be an unforgettable experience, but the donuts are good. Regular coffee from €1.60 to €2.20, doughnuts from €1.70 to €2.30..
- Aschan, Eerikinkatu 15 (in Hansa Shopping Center). Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun Noon-6PM. Aschan is a chain coffee and lunch restaurant with locations in Turku and Helsinki. It sells all kinds of coffee, drinks and sweet and salty bakeries, beard, pies and cakes.
- Coffee House, Aurakatu 5. Mon-Thu 7:30AM-10PM, Fri 7:30AM-11PM, Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 10AM-10PM. Coffee House is a chain coffee that sells all the basic things that a coffee shop can have. It has very late opening hours, so if you feel like having a coffee to boost your energy before hitting the night clubs, this cafe is for you.
- Kisälli, Vartiovuorenkatu 2, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyday 10AM-6PM. Kisälli is situated right next to the entrance of the Cloister Hill outdoor museum. It serves self-made fresh bread rolls, buns, donuts and pies. Every day there's also pancake and a variety of sweet and savory pies. And of course, great coffee and other drinks.
- Kahvila Promenade, Kansanpuistontie 76, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Wed-Sun 11AM-5PM. Villa Promenade is situated in the center part of the Ruissalo Island right next to the Villa area. It has great surrounding, even though its bit far away from center city. It sells savory and sweet pastries as well as a range of filter coffee, cappuccino, espresso and cafe latte and ice cream.
- The Old Bank, Aurakatu 3. Sun-Monday Noon-Midnight, Tue-Thu Noon-2AM, Fri-Sat Noon-3AM. Considered by many to be the best beer place in Turku, Old Bank is, not surprisingly, a former bank turned into a beer pub. It has beautiful interiors, great service and the widest selection of beers in town. If you feel hungry they serve amazing pie filled with reindeer.
- Brewery Restaurant Koulu, Eerikinkatu 18. Every day 11AM-2AM / The Winestube Mon-Thu 5PM-11PM, Fri 5PM-2AM, Sat 5PM-2AM / Dining room is open Mon-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri 11AM-Midnight and Sat Noon-Midnight. Lunch weekdays 11AM-2PM.. An old school building converted into a brewery restaurant serving their own and other beers, good food and an excellent selection of wines. A cozy biergarten in the green backyard is open in the summer and is favorite of locals. Koulu also hosts Turku Jazz festival in August.
- Uusi apteekki (New Pharmacy), Kaskenkatu 1. Every day 10AM-2AM. Uusi Apteekki (literally meaning Old Pharmacy) is a beer pub located in a former pharmacy built in 1907. Great selection of beer and spirits, and the decorations alone are worth seeing. In weekend this pub gets really crowded with locals so be prepared to stand while enjoying your beer. Its also good place to catch up with writer Reijo Mäki who has wrote the famous Vares detective stories that are huge in Finland.
- Mallaskukko, Yliopistonkatu 37. Mon-Thu 2AM-2PM, Fri-Sat Noon-2AM, Sun 2PM-2AM. Another good beer pub in Turku, with a great selection of beers, scotch whiskies and ciders. Mallaskukko truly feels like a living room of the locals. Good place to watch sports from the many tv screens on the walls.
- Whisky Bar, Yliopistonkatu 19. Sun-Thu 6PM-2AM, Fri-Sat 6PM-3AM. Whisky Bar in the core downtown of Turku has, as its name suggests, a wide selection of whiskies, but also serves beer and other spirits. Nowadays its strongly orientated to heavy metal by its music and atmosphere.
- Cosmic Comic Cafe, Kauppiaskatu 4 (inside Forum shopping center). Mon-Thu 3PM-2AM, Fri-Sat 3PM-3AM, Sun 4PM-2AM. Cosmic Comic Cafe is a unique concept: it has a comics gallery and a comical atmosphere, where beer meets comic books, board games and a relaxed "second living room" atmosphere. Its very popular among students, so sometimes it can be very overcrowded.
- Fontti, Kauppiaskatu 5. Mon-Thu 11AM-Midnight, Fri 11AM-3AM, Sat 1PM-3AM. Situated in the old customers office of the regional newspaper Turun-Sanomat, Fontti (literally meaning font) is one of the new comers in the Turku bar scene. It is also a restaurant and serves great food in addition to drinks and coffees. Service can be little slow but otherwise this bar is nice plca eto spend you weekend evening.
- Alvar, Humalistonkatu 7 (Halfway between Central Railway Station and Market Square). Alvar, located inside a building designed by the famous Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto, is a comfortable place with nice staff and a large selection of beer. Free wireless internet connection is also available for visitors to use. You can also reserve time for a special beer tasting if you visit with a group of friends.
- Bar Kuka (Bar Who), Linnankatu 17, ☎ . Mon-Tue 4PM-2AM, Wed-Sun 4PM-3AM, Age limit 18. Situated in the corner of Linnankatu and Kristiinankatu, Bar Kuka with its retro 60's and 70's decoration has a loyal fanbase, who think its the best and coziest bar you'll ever find in Turku. Kuka offers lots of live music, dj gigs, stand-up and theme nights.
- Musiikkikahvila Sointu (Music Cafe Chord), Linnankatu 27, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tue-Thu 11AM-11PM, Fri 11AM-2AM, Sat 2PM-2AM, Sun 11AM-6PM. Sointu offers new and personal option near the city center. It has varued live music by small and starting bands and musicians practically everyday. Best option if you want to get away from the busy commercial places in the centre of Turku.
- Rento, Yliopistonkatu 23, ☎ . Mon-Wed 11AM-2AM, Thu-Sat 11AM-3AM, Sun Noon-2AM. Rento, literally meaning casual and relaxed, has probably one of the best locations for a bar in Turku right at the end of the pedestrian street next to the Market Square and Hansa Shopping Center. You can either sit inside or on a nice terrace outside. Large selection of beers and little snacks as well.
Riverboats are a unique feature in the Turku cityscape. In the summertime, it is very popular to spend the early evening until midnight or so on one of them, and when it gets a little chilly, move indoors to a restaurant or night club. They are situated at the riverside of river Aura. Some of them also house fine restaurants while some are mostly just pubs.
- Donna, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Svarte Rudolf, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Papa Joe, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Cindy, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Aussie Bar, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Katarina, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Majland, Läntinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Esposito, Läntinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Merihelmi, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Bruno, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Wanha Rahtilaiva, Itäinen rantakatu (River Aura).
- Forte, Kristiinankatu 8, ☎ . Everyday 10PM-4AM. Forte has been one favorite of the locals since 1996. It tends to be busy thanks to cheap drinks and daily opening hours, as opposed to majority of the other clubs in the city. The concept of 'SuFo' (='Sunday Forte'), MoFo etc. is widely recognized among students in Turku.
- Börs Night Club, Kauppiaskatu 6, ☎ . Fri-Sat 10PM-4AM. Situated downstairs as the Hotel Börs, Night Club Börs is right on the southern side of Market Square. Its one of the biggest night clubs in Turku. They have resident DJ's who mostly play latest hit music.
- Showroom, Linnankatu 18. Wed-Sun 10PM-4AM. Situated in an old Neorenessaince-style bank, this is the most posh nightclub in Turku. Showroom offers two stores of great atmosphere: Downstairs Lanson Club is situated in a beautiful old cellar and has waiters serving you to your table, which is very uncommon in Finnish nightclubs. Upstairs Heineken Bar offers trendy atmosphere with huge screens on the walls showing latest music videos.
- Apollo Nightclub, Humalistonkatu 6, ☎ . Fri-Sat 10PM-4AM / Age limit 22. Apollo serves live music by bands playing mostly cover musc hits by domestic and international stars. Music ranges from rock to pop and disco, old and new. There's also a VIP section which you can reserve. Next Door is Apollo owned Armas karaoke bar, which has same opening hours and age limitation.
- Dynamo, Linnankatu 7, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue-Sat 9PM-4AM / Age Limit 20. At Linnankatu, opposite the main library, caters for hipsters with a passion for slightly more eclectic sound. Downstairs indie pop, electro and rock 'n' roll are the main draws, upstairs it's chiefly soul, funk and disco. Live music gigs from hot domestic artists are also frequent. Attracts a healthy amount of exchange students.
- Night Club Marilyn, Eerikinkatu 19. Tue-Sat 10PM-4AM. For the late teens-early twenties crowd, the Night Club Marilyn is particularly popular as a disco/night club. It is the oldest privately owned Night Club in Turku and has seen all the other clubs come and go. In its history it has been chosen as the Best Nightclub in the city on several occasions.
- Monkey, Aurakatu 6, ☎ . Thu-Sat 10PM-4AM / Age Limit Wed-Thu 18, Fri-Sat 20. Monkey club is divided into two floors with different atmosphere and music. Downstairs you can chill out with good drinks and groovy music that varies from Muse to Spice Girls and back — whatever gets the party going. The smoking lounge is also located on the first floor. Monkey's upper deck is all about the music and dancing. State of the art visual effects and the best DJ's from all over Scandinavia are there to make sure you will have the time of your life.
- Jazzclub Monk, Humalistonkatu 3. Fri-Sat 9PM-4AM, Autumn and Spring season Mon-Fri 9PM-Forward. Age limit 22, during live gigs 18. The best and pretty much the only jazz club in town. Musical scale includes happy jazz, retromodern club jazz, funk, afro and Latin music. DJ's on weekends, live jazz 2–3 days a week.
- Klubi, Humalistonkatu 8. Wed 10PM-4PM, Thu-Sat 9PM-4AM. One of the leading live music venues in the city, Klubi offers a wide range of music from rock to goth, punk, electronica, ska, prog, grunge, indie/alternative on three different stages. Good club for groups or parties.
- Venus, ☎ . Wed-Sat 10PM-4AM. For proper dancing (not night club dancing), Venus night club is the recommended place in Turku. The age group skews towards the 40s and 50s. Often music includes live performances by some of the biggest names in finnish Iskelmä (entertainer music) music.
- Yökerho, Aurakatu 14. Rock ´n´ Sport pub Mon-Thu 3PM-Onward, Fri-Sat Noon-4AM, Sun Noon-11PM / Nightclub Fri-Sat 10PM-4AM. Age Limit 18. Yökerho (literally meaning Nightclub in Finnish) is popular specially amongst younger locals, since its age limit is only 18. Situated right next to the Market Square, the club also houses a Rock'N'Sports bar that has more frequent opening hours.
- suXes, Yliopistonkatu 9. Everyday 7PM-2AM. Turku, like other larger Finnish cities in general, is quite gay friendly, though public gestures of affection are not common even for straight couples and might raise some eyebrows. Due to this reason you'll fit in at practically all of the clubs in Turku, but perhaps feel specially at home in suXes, the only gay bar and cafe in Turku. There you can be openly yourself while enjoying the atmosphere, coffee and drinks.
- Amarillo, Aurakatu 5. Mon-Thu 11AM-11PM, Fri 11AM-4AM, Sat Noon-4AM, Sun 1PM-10PM. Amarillo is a Tex Mex restaurant and bar that also turns into a big nightclub in the evening. Its one of the largest clubs in Turku and very popular among local late teens and twenty somethings due to its age limit of 18. Its situated right next to the Market Square.
- Ruissalo Camping, Saarontie 25, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. At the Ruissalo Camping area you can stay in the beautiful Ruissalo Island. Camping area is on the outermost tip of the island. This well-equipped camping and caravan area has a beach, sauna, a convenience store, indoor accommodation and various other amenities, including hot showers and laundry facilities. There's also entertainment options such as mini-golf, volleyball, badminton and basketball courts, fitness trail, playgrounds and a cafe-restaurant. €35/€80.
- Hostel Turku, Linnankatu 39, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: Check-in time from 3PM to 9PM. Later arrivals only as agreed in advance., check-out: Check-out at the latest at 11AM.. Hostel Turku is close to Turku city centre providing excellent bus connections to the harbour, bus station and airport. Available are two and four bed private rooms and six bed dorm rooms at budget prices. Facilities include self-service kitchens, laundry room and free wireless internet access. The hostel also sells the TurkuCard. Book ahead, as it gets very busy in summer. Price range from €43 to €138.
- Ferry Hostel Borea, River Aura, Linnankatu 72, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 24h reception, Check-in 3PM-9PM, check-out: Check-out by 11AM. s/s Bore on the River Aura has unique atmosphere. It used to travel between Turku and Stockholm, but now the former steamship is permanently anchored on the banks of the River Aura and houses an inexpensive hostel with 130 cabins. In most of the cabins there are private shower and Toilets. The prices include linen, towels and breakfast which is served in the buffet restaurant of the ship. Guests are also provided with luggage storage and laundry facilities as well as free wireless internet access. Nearby you'll find the Turku Castle and Forum Marinum. Price range from €30 to €50.
- Linnasmäki, Lustokatu 7, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: Reception: Winterseason 8:30AM–3:30PM, June–August 8AM–10PM.. Affordable accommodation located in peaceful countryside surroundings just 4 km from Turku centre. Guests can use the swimming pool and sauna area. There are plenty of hiking routes with bicycles available to rent during summer. Guests can stay in either a hotel or a refurbished hostel that also offers family rooms and apartments. Individual rooms equipped for disabled guests are also available. Plenty of free parking for guests.
- Bridgettine Convent Guest House, Ursininkatu 15 A, ☎ , fax: +358-2-250-3078, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll receive a warm welcome and a friendly smile from the Catholic Sisters who run this guesthouse in a central but quiet location in Turku. The rooms are basic and clean, there is secure parking behind the guesthouse and a continental breakfast is included. At €65 for a twin room and €45 for one bed room, this guesthouse is perfect for the budget traveler. €45/€65.
- Guesthouse Tapuli, Kaivokatu 14. Tapuli is a small and cozy guesthouse that is located near Turku university, University hospital and Kupittaa Railway Station. One kilometre from the Market Square. They offer cozy rooms with TV. Kitchen is available for self service. Toilets and showers are by the corridor. Sauna is warm every day. There is also free wireless internet connection. €46/€78.
- Interpoint Hostel, Vähä-Hämeenkatu 12 A, ☎ . Operated by the YWCA of Turku, this is the cheapest place to sleep in Turku, but for good reason: It is just 30 mattresses on the floor, and 1 shower. If that is enough for you, then this is your place. €10.
- Bed & Breakfast Tuure, Tuureporinkatu 17 C, third floor, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: Reception opens at 8AM and after that you can bring in your luggage when needed. Check-in 2PM-6PM. A cosy, non-smoking guest house that has provides affordable accommodation only three blocks away from the Market Square. 15 rooms, 5 shared showers/toilets along the corridor, a breakfast room and a kitchen. They also have computers and wireless internet as well as washing machine and other necessities of a home all free for the guests to use. Breakfast is plentiful and included in the room price. €39/€92.
- Hesehotelli, Läntinen Pitkäkatu 1, ☎ . Check-in: Mon-Wed 7:30AM-3:30AM, Thu 7:30AM-Midnight, Fri-Sat 24h and Sun Midnight-3AM (following day). Hesehotel is owned by the burger chain Hesburger, and its situated in one the second floor of one of their biggest restaurants near central Turku, right next to Turku bus station. It has 15 rooms and 46 beds. Room equipment includes air conditioning, a fridge, digital TV and free wireless internet access. You can order breakfast and other food from the restaurant below and check-in is also done at the counter of the restaurant. Parking space reservation price is €5/day. from €50 upwards.
- Hotel Harriet, Käsityöläiskatu 11, ☎ , fax: +358-2-231-1110, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hotel Harriet is centrally located in the heart of Turku. They offer modern Hotel and Hostel-quality rooms at an affordable price. You can also check out other accommodation options at their website. €45/€139.
- Scandic Julia, Eerikinkatu 4, ☎ , fax: +358-2-3360-2211, e-mail: email@example.com. Clean comfortable rooms, excellent friendly service, quality breakfast, central location at a stone's throw from the cathedral and river Aura promenade. Fully equipped rooms. Great value for money.
- Centro Hotel, Yliopistonkatu 12 A, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Centro Hotel is a modern hotel with a personal touch in the center of Turku. Located in the inner courtyard of its building block, this family owned Hotel is perhaps bit more personal than the chain Hotels in Turku. Just 4 minutes to the Market Square but at a peaceful location.
- Omena Hotel, Humalistonkatu 7. Omena Hotel has a different concept than other hotels in Turku: Booking is done online, and you get a code which you can use to get into the building and onto your room. There is no reception staff and no breakfast, but prices are considerably cheaper. There are also vending machines for you to buy snacks and food when needed.
- Park Hotel, Rauhankatu 1, ☎ , fax: +358-2-251-9696, e-mail: email@example.com. Park Hotel is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Finland. It is located in Art Nouveau building, built in 1902, situated right in the heart of Turku, only a short walking distance from the Market Square, close to the train station and the Turku Art Museum – yet it is in the middle of a park, overlooking a genuine cultural city landscape.
- Best Western Hotel Seaport, Toinen Poikkikatu 2, ☎ , fax: +358-2-283-3100, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hotel Seaport is located in the Turku harbour, next door to the Turku Castle. The family owned hotel itself is an old customs house turned into a hotel. Its a more simple, but the location is good as especially if you travel by ferry, and the value for money is good.
- Holiday Inn Turku, Eerikinkatu 28, ☎ , fax: +358-2-338-2299, e-mail: email@example.com. Short walk from Market Square, this hotel is clean, convenient and moderately priced. Breakfast spread is decent and included in the price. Overall this is a good hotel especially for a short business visit to Turku.
- Cumulus Turku, Eerikinkatu 30, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Centrally located next to the Holiday Inn Turku, Cumulus is a nice mid-priced business hotel. Hotel features comfortable rooms, a cosy lobby and a bright and spacious breakfast restaurant. Hotel also has a well equipped restaurant.
- Hotel Helmi, Tuureporinkatu 11, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Helmi (Pearl) is small mid-priced hotel situated next to the Central Bus Station. Hotel building is an old gas station, which was owned by Shell, hence the name Pearl. It is a good basic quality hotel, no frills and flourishes, so don't expect them, but very good value for money.
- Radisson Blu Hotel Marina Palace, Linnankatu 32, ☎ , fax: +358-2-0123-4711, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Located on Linnankatu overlooking the River Aura Hotel Marina Palace is considered by many to be the best hotel in Turku. It has housed many celebrities visiting Turku, including Queen Elizabeth II and royal family of Sweden. With well-appointed, baroque-style rooms overlooking the Aura River, it offers premium lodging at the city centre. You can dine at two on-site restaurants including the popular Grill it! Marina, and take advantage of enticing benefits like complimentary access to the fully equipped gym.
- Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs & City Börs, Kauppiaskatu 6, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Formerly the Grand Hotel Börs, this hotel dates back to 1904 and the Hotel restaurant is even older few years older than that. This hotel remains a solid choice: The complex now has twin hotels diagonally across from each other, with the City Börs rooms being cheaper and simpler, but the combined reception is in Hamburger Börs. The entire complex has no less than 9 restaurants, bars and clubs, making this a popular nightspot among the locals. Hotel services include indoor pool and sauna. Good discounts are often available if you book a package together with the ferry companies.
- Scandic Hotel Plaza, Yliopistonkatu 29, ☎ , fax: +358-2-33-20111. Hotel Scandic Plaza enjoys a central location in the heart of the city and is close to popular Turku attractions. Its situated in the city centre, close to Market Square and the pedestrian zone full of stores. Hansa shopping centre and Stockmann department store are also situated opposite the hotel. There's also a 24-hour gym and wind down with a relaxing sauna and you can borrow a bicycle from the hotel reception or enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.
- Spa Hotel Caribia, Kongressikuja 1, ☎ , fax: +358-1-0784-0180, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Spa Hotel Caribia, situated on the outskirts of Turku's city centre, is good choice for families. It has a big spa decorated in Caribbean style. It also houses lots of conferences and other events. Don't miss the big and pink statue outdoors by the contemporary artist Alvar Gullichsen; Its a mix between Duck and Pig called Posankka.
- Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, Eerikinkatu 23, ☎ , fax: +358-2-337-2200, e-mail: email@example.com. Situated three blocks towards the harbor from the Marker Square, is Hotel Seurahuone. Its cosy, personal business and leisure hotel right that is perhaps bit more business oriented than the other Sokos Hotel's in the city. The Hansa and Forum shopping centres are located by the same street, only a few blocks from the hotel. Seurahuone also houses a Spanish style Sevilla restaurant
- Ruissalo Spa, Ruissalon puistotie 640, ☎ , fax: +358-2-445-4590, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ruissalo Spa is located and named after the scenic Ruissalo Island, which is situated right next to central Turku. The spa is located by the sea and you can choose to swim on the pools or in the sea as well. The location is beautiful and there's a golf course and guest harbor right next to the hotel. Beware though: This is the favorite location for elderly locals, so if you're looking for something more youth-oriented, this might not be the place for you.
Risks in Turku
Turku is generally a very safe city. On weekend nights drunken people may cause annoyance, especially after last call. The River Aura is as dirty as it seems, and is surprisingly shallow. Also the river banks provide very little access to the shore, so it is better not to refresh yourself with a quick dip. Swimming in the river is also considered illegal.
In emergency cases, such as sudden illness, unconsciousness or other life-threatening situation, always call 112, which is the general emergency number for police affairs, fire, medical care and social services. If in doubt as to whether it is an emergency or not, it is always better to call and ask. The emergency medical services helpline advises you on the help you require.
For non-emergency medical care, the City of Turku’s Welfare Division provides medical advice over the phone at +358 2 10023. Lines are open weekdays from 8AM to 3PM. The hearing-impaired have their own service for the evaluation of medical care, counselling and making an appointment at a health centre. This can be contacted during office hours by sending SMS message to +358 44 907 3824.
Turku University Hospital's T-Hospital is now the region’s accident and emergency hospital. It provides everyday 24-hour specialized medical care and treatment to those who have fallen suddenly ill or sustained injury. T-Hospital is situated between the Turku Cathedral and Kupittaa Railway Station at Savitehtaankatu 1.
- Avoid walking in the cycle lanes. Dedicated cycle paths are clearly marked, but sometimes run directly next to the pavement (sidewalk). Turku cyclists are subject to a comparatively hilly landscape and are unwilling to slow down and lose momentum. Usually, however, they are careful, signal clearly and use their bells, meaning that straying tourists most often are just sworn at.
- When waiting in lines, be patient and polite. Finns never jump queues - but make sure you actually stand in the line. If unsure, ask.
- Finns usually don't complain to people who are doing things (in their opinion) wrong. They will just look at your foolish behavior and swear silently to themselves. You might be embarrassing yourself but Finns might think that complaining about it will make an even bigger scene.
- Many Finns are not very open to strangers in public, especially in public transport. They may feel very uncomfortable and embarrassed if you try to start a conversation on the bus. If you are lucky enough to be invited to someone's home you will discover that Finns behave very differently and will be very social. Most Finns speak English very well and are more than happy to refresh their skills by talking to tourists.
- Do not feed seagulls or pigeons especially in the city center. Seagulls taking people's ice creams or sandwiches is a real problem in some areas, and feeding them is encouraging that behavior. Feeding birds is officially prohibited in many areas. If you'd like to feed birds you can head to the Kupittaa Park, since there is a Bird Park where you can feed the birds as long as the food is healthy for the birds.
Opened already in 2003, SparkNet is the largest WiFi network in Finland and gives you seamless access to wireless internet in your Home, Office and on the go. You can use it with your phone, laptop or PDA. Its free to all the personnel of the city of Turku as well as the students of the schools and universities in the city. Others can purchase the connection from SparkNet's website.
In addition to the SparkNet much of Turku is blanketed with wifi ("wlan") hotspots. Most cafes and bars offer wireless internet connection without requiring a person to be a paying customer. Some restaurants will do this as well, but may insist that you purchase something.
Finland's currency is the euro (€, EUR). Finland does not use the 1 and 2 cent coins; instead all sums are rounded to the nearest 5 cents. The coins are, however, still legal tender and there are even small quantities of Finnish 1c and 2c coins, highly valued by collectors. It is common to omit cents and the euro sign from prices, and use the comma as a decimal separator: "5,50" thus means five euros and fifty cents.
Getting or exchanging money is rarely a problem, as ATM's ("Otto") are common around Turku and they can be operated with international credit and debit cards (Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro). Currencies other than the euro are generally not accepted, but the Swedish krona is accepted in the Ferries travelling to Stockholm. Also as an exception, the Stockmann department store in central Turku accepts U.S. dollars, pound sterling, Swedish krona and Russian rubles. Forex Bank has an exchange office in central Turku at Eerikinkatu 13. Forex usually has better rates, longer opening hours and faster service than other banks. Credit cards are widely accepted, but you will be asked for identification if you purchase more than €50 (and may be asked to show it even for smaller purchases). Visa Electron and Visa Debit card readers are found in all major and most minor shops, so carrying large amounts of cash is not usually necessary.
As a rule, tipping is never necessary in Turku or anywhere else in Finland, aa restaurant bills already include service charges. That said, taxi fares and other bills paid by cash are occasionally rounded up to the next convenient number. Cloakrooms (narikka) in nightclubs and better restaurants often have non-negotiable fees (usually clearly signposted, €2 is standard), and — in the few hotels that employ them — hotel porters will expect around the same per bag.
Helsinki Times, published weekly on Fridays, is the first weekly newspaper in Finland which provides a source of news and information about Finland in English. In addition to domestic and international news, it includes a review of Finnish newspapers and magazines, as well as articles concerning Finland published in the international press. It also has own sections for culture, sport and lifestyle. The newspaper also offers a weekly events guide as well as a weekly selection of TV programmes in English. Its on sale at many bookstores, newsstands, railway stations, hotels and airports throughout Turku, priced at €3. Its also available on annual subscription for €96, delivered hot off the press to your home.
SixDegrees Magazine is Helsinki Times' sister publication. Its published monthly and is freely and widely available at many bars and cafés, hotels and restaurants around Turku. It focuses more on culture, multicultural events, people, matters and phenomena. It contains Out&See events calendar for Turku as well as reviews of current cultural events, films, literature and music as well as investigative cover stories on business, society and politics.
- Archipelago Sea - Stretching all the way from Turku to Åland and on to Stockholm, Archipelago Sea forms the largest archipelago in the world by the number of islands and is also a National Park of Finland. Best way to visit is definitely bi bike and camping gear.
- Kurjenrahka National Park - Kurjenrahka is the largest and most diverse protected mire area in the region. One of the best known sights in the park is the old boundary mark of eight cities and towns. Hikes can be extended to last a couple of days.
- Naantali - Travel around 20 minutes with local bus to see the summer residence of the President of Finland Kultaranta, Moomin World theme park and the beautiful wooden Old Town of Naantali.
- Rauma - with its UNESCO World Heritage listed old town, Rauma can be reached easily by bus from Turku. Traveling time is approximately 1,5 hours. Rauma is the third oldest town in Finland behind Turku and Porvoo.
- Åland islands - If you have a day or two to spare there are overnight and day ferries to Sweden and the Åland Islands. Stockholm is ten hours away, Mariehamn on the Åland islands about five hours.
|Routes through Turku|
|() Stockholm ← Mariehamn ←||W E||→ Helsinki → Saint Petersburg|
|Tromsø ← Oulu ←||N S||→ END|
|Sodankylä ← Tampere ←||N S||→ END|