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Turku Things to Do

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  • Aura river

    Aura River (aurajoki ) is a 70km long river that departs from Oripaa and flows into the archipelago through Turku. It actually splits Turku in two, even the old original town of Turku was founded on the east side of the river which still houses the cathedral and the university along with the Old Great Square while on the west side you can see the...

  • Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova

    Centraly located, on the banks of river Aura this is probably one of the most famous museums in Turku, actually with one ticket you have access to two different museums.Aboa Vetus is the museum of history of Turku focusing on some underground ancient remains of the area and takes you through the history of Turku which was the first capital in...

  • Cathedral

    The cathedral (Tuomikokirkko) is the seat of Lutheran archbishop of Finland and country’s national shrine. Although it fails to impressive from outside although its towers rise up over the Aura river, the setting is nice with several benches around where you can rest for a while. The original parish church was erected in late 13th century with wood...


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Turku Restaurants

  • Smileys

    The rain was hard upon our arrival in Turku, we walked a bit from the train station into town but we decided to stop for a while and have a coffee break at Smileys. This was a simple place with good prices (Coffees for 1,5e, Salads 6-7e), not many customers inside, the place was quiet at first but later many came and had breakfast there while later...

  • Real taste of India.

    Hi, Royal Curry House is on Hameenkatu 9, 20500 Turku. I have tried their cuisine, its simply delicious and the best. I suggest one must try there if there is desire to taste the real dishes and spices of the sub-continent.I visited this place again last time and the management was changed. Everything had become commercial and had lost its taste....

  • Best asian food in town!

    The atmosphere is very nice at this place. They have a nice setting, a well decorated interior. The waitresses are very friendly, and can speak English and Finnish. It's very nice to take your date there in the evening, with the candles lit, and the romantic atmosphere. It's very different at lunch time, it can be busy. The lunch buffet is 8€ or...


Turku Nightlife

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  • At the river

    There are many boats witch are used as restaurants, at the river Aura. You can go for a beer, and some of them have quite good food menu also.http://www.turku.fi/public/?contentid=20133&nodeid=8155We have only visited Papa Joe, and stayed only for one beer. But at a sunny day it is a nice place to spend your time.Here´s more of...

  • And another good beer selection

    And as you may have noticed, we are allways trying to find some beers we haven´t tasted before. So here´s one restaurant more to cxhoose from. Check their list at here:http://www.mallaskukko.fi/www/page.php?cat=8Sadly many really interesting ones were very expensive. One pint and 11e was little too much for us, so we couldn´t buy the most...

  • Live music

    We have had Klubi in Tampere for ages, allthough it was "Tulliklubi" when I was younger. Now they do have Klubi at Turlu also. It´s a place dor live music. Kind of rock club (=klubi) , place of live music and no seats, so you can dance a little while watching the band. I like Klubi at Tampere and in Turku much better than famous Tavastia at...


Turku Transportation

  • how to go there

    Turku is located 168km west of Helsinki and 163km southwest of Tampere. We traveled to Turku from Tampere by train and the day after took an express bus from Turku to Helsinki airport.By train We came by train from Tampere (1h 40’) but there are many trains daily from Helsinki (2h) and an overnight train to Rovaniemi. The main train station is...

  • how to move around

    WalkThe city center is walkable, you can actually see most sites/attraction with no need to take a bus. We got out of the train station and walked 1km to Kauppatori (market square) which lies in the center of the city and is the starting point of the numerous local buses in case you need one. Turku cathedral and Aboa Vetus Museum are only 800m away...

  • Bus from the airport to the city center

    Bus nr. 1, 100 m to the left if you come out of the terminal, € 2,50, buy at the driver, bring's you from the airport to the city center and on to the ferry terminal.


Turku Shopping

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  • what to buy in Turku

    we didn’t buy anything in Turku except some food supplies from Lidl supermarket (Eerikinkatu 4) which is located near market square. We saw some souvenirs at the museums we visited (Aboa Vetus but also the Forum Maritime) and some at the Tourist Info.For those who are interested in clothes check Iopistonkatu pedestrian street (off market square),...

  • Who want candy?

    There´s lots of candy at here, and mostly quite cheap. It also looked like they have those ones being "wrong season". I saw easter candy for example at october. But they weren´t too old, so we bought some cheap easter chocolate eggs ;) I like that thin chocolate they do have in those.The name of the place is somehow translated as "Candy...

  • Shopping centre, at the centre

    Shopping centre, so you will find allmost everything. Many clothes stores might be the same ones as in many town around Europe.. Anything from clothes to books and candy etc.. Not cheap, not expensive. Normal prices.


Turku Local Customs

  • Bicycles ... even in winter

    Maybe someone will be hard to imagine how it can be possible by snow-capped roads in winter to ride by bike, but someone still can! Such a way of transport in winter is popular in northern Europe, where winters are usually snowy. Turku is not a exception.Of course, not all cyclists are hungry for sharp feelings and many cycles are waiting for...

  • Local Central Tourist Office

    This office is located very close to the river not far away from the cathedral. They can give you precious advice on what to visit in Turku and how to get there by public transport. They are experts not only on the town itself but also on the surroundings of Turku - the lake Littoistenjärvi and for instance the island Ruissalo. The people are nice...

  • And now... a dip in the sea AFTER sauna!

    As you may know, the Finns (and other people in Northern & Eastern Europe) have a weird habit that goes along with their sauna tradition: since the temperature within the sauna is really high and they cannot stand being inside for a very long time (even while drinking cold beer/cider), they come out after a while and plunge into the FREEZING water...


Turku Warnings and Dangers

  • Spiders

    You might need to be careful when you walk around in the city, there are very big spiders here, no, I did not saw any myself, but I saw this spider web near by the river and if you look at the size of the cars under it, you can figure it out what size spiders they have here ;-)

  • Houtskär Island/ Crazy local

    If you visit island called Houtskär and want to go local pub, you should be careful. There is crazy local guy called Anders. He tried to smash my and my friends head with piece of wood. He don't like foreigners! Maybe he is retarded or something.. ;)

  • Take a Helicopter!

    If you are in danger on islands, or elsewhere far from the city, you may call the Resque helicopter to take you to safe by calliin to nro 112. The call does not cost anything to you. But if you are not in real danger, that fact could be very expensive to you.The frontier guard has a Puma helicopter and an airoplane.


Turku Tourist Traps

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    by mabu Written Sep 9, 2002

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    When you arrive by train in Turku you hear a Loudspeakter announcement advertising a Railway-Bus service to the town. As lots of other People we got on it, only to find out that the ride was just a few minutes. And these few minutes are expensive enough :(.
    We walked back and found out that it's only a 10 minutes walk from the place the Bus stopped to the Station.

    Fun Alternatives: The best thing you can do is walk, it's only a short distance. I think there is a public bus wich does it too and probably doesn't cost half...

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Turku What to Pack

  • Is it cold or not? How was it last year?

    Current weather and historical graphical data on average temperature and rainfall among other things can be researched using the Åbo Akademi University weather service.This is what the most internet savy locals use as their one -source weather resource when planning what to wear etc. :)One warning though: Past performance does not guarantee...

  • Map of Turku

    Take a free map of Turku at the tourist information. It is good for orientation purposes and includes the location of 63 main sights.The tourist information of Turku is located near the River Aura at Aurakatu 4, 20100 Turku.

  • Packing List

    well if you're around in these temperatures, you should be wearing your whole closet on you :)) the best materials are cotton against the skin in couple of layers, and on that wool clothes, and then the outside clothes with 'thinsulate' or alike. in this picture i am wearing 3 layers of clothes under these outside clothes :)) under your hat its...


Turku Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit Naantali

    If you stay more than one or two days in Turku, and especially if it´s summer, you should visit town of Naantali! It really nice town, on of those places we call "summer towns". Too bad i don´t have digi photos from there.The seaside is nice, and the town is beautyful. If you travel with kids, you might also like to visit Moomin world....

  • Go to the top of Tuomiokirko and the...

    Tuomiokirko Museum in the south gallery takes the visitor back in time to the 14th century. The exhibits cast light on the history and ecclesiastical life in and around the Cathedral. Statues of saints and sacred vessels dating from the Catholic Middle Ages are on display in the museum. The Post-Reformation period is represented by liturgical...

  • Paavo Johannes Nurmi

    This is the statue of the local hero, Paavo Johannes Nurmi, this man who won 9 Olympic Gold Medals and three silver medals in medium and long distance running, actually as I child he was the first name even I heard of anyone from Finland :)


Turku Sports & Outdoors

  • Bowling bar

    This small bowling bar located just in the centre of the city in the pedestrian street. A great place to have fun with friends, have extra couple of drinks and play bowling

  • Harjattula

    In Harjattula on island Kakskerta there is one of the few golf courses in Turku. There are other entertaiment possibilities too, like having sauna and swimming on the beach.

  • Elysee Arena

    TPS is one of the most famous ice hockey teams in Finland. This year (season 2004-05) it successed to play-offs only. Year before it was 2nd. Home hall of TPS is the Elysee Arena.


Turku Favorites

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  • The "Suomen Joutsen"

    This is the "Suomen Joutsen" ("Finnish Swan"), which is a beautiful 100-year-old ship that is docked in Turku almost all the time but which was also used as a school-ship for the marines of this country....

  • Architecture

    There are many buildings of older architecture in Turku. Some are located near the big church and others along the river. Here is a selection of them.

  • Second hand shops

    I was really surprised to see so many interesting second hand shops in Finnland. They seem to be everywhere like this one here on the photo.


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