The Historical Ships Regatta in Turku
Stately saling ships as well as steam and motor vessels will glide along the River Aura, when the regatta reaches Turku.
Turku will host the Regatta at its destination port, where the ships arrive from Stockholm via Mariehamn, They will participate in the 750th anniversary celebration of Stockholm. The magnificent ships will moor in the River Aura in front of Forum Marinum to delight all friends of sea romanticism. The will be old sailing ships, traditional ships as well as steam and motor vessels. Some of the will take passengers to trips to the archipelago with programme arrangements on piers.
In 2002, the three-masted full-rigger Suomen Joutsen, which is the pride of Turku, turns 100 years old this year. The celebration will last throughout the year, of course, but culminates during the Historical Ships´ Regatta.
This very weekend will be worth experiencing - past times will be present during the Medieval Market at the Old Great Square that takes place at the same time in Turku.
Hansa Historical Ships 2002 is organised in cooperation with Stockholm Harbours, City of Mariehamn and City of Turku
The Medieval Market festival takes over the Old Great Square once a summer. Then knights shine their armour and folk dresses up in their Sunday best.
There is hustle and bustle when Turku´s bourgeoise, artisants and merchants gather to trade and to enjoy food and drink - and above all, to meet other people and celebrate.
Medieval celebrities, entertaiment of past times, loutish racket and alarming scandals.
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova The Rettig Palace, as locals call it, is located in central Turku, by the River Aura. The splendid building used to be the home of a tobacco factory owner and today houses two top-class museums
Aboa Vetus - Old Turku
The Aboa Vetus museum is actually a medieval town block that was discovered by accident during renovation work, seven metres below ground level. The revealed ancient Turku provides a realistic insight into the life of a medieval town. Visitors can walk along centuries-old streets and take a peek into houses that have been uncovered.
The Ars Nova museum makes a vivid contrast to the old Turku. The collection of the Matti Koivurinta Foundation forms the main body of the extensive exhibition of the 20th century art, including over 500 works by prominent Finnish and foreign artists. The permanent collection is complemented by regularly changing exhibitions, so there is always something new to see at Ars Nova.
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museums provide activities for the entire family. Adults can take a guided tour of the museum in peace while children enjoy a special children´s tour - well looked after and learning about culture at the same time!
On the Exploration Tour, children of school age will also discover things that are usually hidden to museum visitors. Tour in English daily at 11.30 1 July-11 Aug 2002, price 7,5€/child.
On the Treasure Hunt Tour, younger children will be guided to the world of history and art by a treasure hunter-arhaeologist, while looking for clues leading to the hidden treasure. Children can mint their very own lucky coin. Tour is available in English 1 July-11 Aug 2002 daily at 11.30am. Price 7,5 €/child.
The Museum Shop Laurentius sells products ranging from sweets to art books and children´s favourite gifts - knight costumes. The shop and Café Niki are also open to the public.
I just can't describe this place in words, because it is so beautiful. Go and visit the old town and the port and if you have children, don't miss the moomin world park! Have a cafe at one of the nice restaurants at the port and climb the hill that is on the south side of the harbour. The best time to go to the hill is the evening, because then you will see a very admirable sundown!
Midsummer: There will be lot's of bonfires in Naantali, people everywhere (but it will be not tooo crowded!), nice concerts, people dancing, ...
End of July: SLEEPYHEAD DAY
Address: 15 km to the north of Turku
Ruisrock festival in the beginning of July.
This is the oldest rock festival in the Nordic countries. Ruisrock offers the best in music, a wide variety of services and a unique atmosphere by the sea.
In the past years there has been U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, David Bowie, Sting, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica among other world class bands.
Address: Ruissalo, 6 kilometres from Turku city center.
Turku Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum
Turku Cathedral is the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland, and the country´s national shrine. It is also regarded as one of the major records of Finnish architectural history.
As the town of Turku began to emerge in the course of the 13th century as the most important trading centre in Finland, the Bishop´s see of the Diocese of Finland was transferred from its previous location at Koroinen, some distance further up on the bank of the River Aura, to the middle of the town.
In the course of the centuries of the centuries, the cathedral has suffered many adversities - its once rich collectios have been plundered in time of war, and damaged by fire. A collection of some surviving items, however, has now been placed on display in the Museum in the South Gallery.
Address: Cathedral Square 20500 TURKU
Turku Castle is one of Finland´s most magnificent national heritage treasures. The imposing grey stone castle has been witness to many significant events in Finland´s history, beginning from the 1280s.
One of the castle´s popular features is the prison cell where King Erik XIV was held. The castle´s chapels display a collection of medieval woodcarvings, while the permanent exhibition shows costumes, glass, china, antique toys and gold and silver articles.
The Historical Museum of the City of Turku, located in the castle´s bailey, presents the region´s history. The bailey also houses a series of rooms illustrating the styles of various centuries, as well as a numismatic exhibition. Temporary exhibitions and events are also held every year. Souvenirs, publications and gifts are available in the museun shop.
Address: Linnankatu 80 20100 Turku
Luostarinmäki Handicraft Museum
When fire destroyed most of Turku in 1827, the then still remote Luostarinmäki near Vartiovuori hill was saved. Nowadays, this genuine piece of the past houses around thirty handicrafts workshops that present pre-industrial occupations and the old way of life.
The unique nature of Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum has earned it international recognition and won e.g. the Golden Apple prize.
The Turku castle is very old and beautiful. The castle is part of our national heritage and it has witnessed many great events, from weddings to funerals, manslaughter and wars.
Picture is of a miniature castle.
Ruissalo, near Turku, great bech and nature, possibility for camping, making fire, eating at cafe/restaurant, swim, take sun, play, walkaround, windsurf...etc!!!
Naantali Spa Hotel. a five star spa hotel of hihg standard, lovely place, nice rooms, nice staff. Very good food, wine and dancing.(maybe for little older people). lokated in beutiful Naantali city, about 15 km from Turku.
Turun Linna( Turku castle), Ruissalo(a good place for picnics, Tuomiokirkko(kapitol curch) Aurajoki(the river, just walk along or hop in some of the many pubs that tey have turned ships into.
Turku old style village(town), is worth looking around.
you should also try 'Föri', a small bout that takes you over the Aura-river(if you prefer not to use one of the many bridges)
Walk around the market place and watch the Turku people buying fresh vedgetables and fruits. Prices are quite cheap on the market place too.
Lots of people, colours. In the summer afternoons local people come to sell their old stuff here, kind of a garage sale, second hand market. There is also a small ice cream bar located in an old tram!
Directions: In the very middle of the city. Everything is located aroung the market place.Add to your Trip Planner
Take an evening walk along the Aura River. Bring your camera along. The river and all the boats makes nice motives.
It's very relaxing. And you always meet people on the way. You can just sit down and make the river calm you down. And if you want to you can take the 'ferry' over to the other side of the river. Or sit on one of the bridges.
Address: Downtown. 2 blocks from the marketplace.Add to your Trip Planner
The castle dates back to the 13th century.Its golden age was in the 1560´s when John, son of the Swedish king, Gustav Vasa, ruled Finland as a duchy. The second period of splendour was in the 17th century, when the Governor General of Finland, Per Brahe, lived there. It was destroyed by bombing in 1941, but restored during the next 20 years. Now it is a museum and venue for exhibitions The chapel of the castle is popular for weddings , and the banqueting halls can also be hired.
Directions: Linnankatu 80, 20100 Turku, Finland
16.4-15.9 Mon-Sun 10-18
16.9-15.4 Tue-Sun 10-15, Mon closed
tel +358-2-262 0300
fax +358-2-262 0314
Adults 30 mk, Children 20 mk *