10Bikes rents electric assisted bikes and organises guided biking tours in Turku and the archipelago. You can rent eFatbike for mtb-trails or an eCity bike for the Archipelago Trail. 10Bikes guarantees you'll have spectacular cycling experience. Join a guided eBike tour for sightseeing or cycle on pilgrim's paths - all you have to do is enjoy the ride!
What to do in Turku?
IN TURKU, THERE ARE PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO, ON LAND OR AT SEA. WITH SO MUCH ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS, IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET BORED IN THIS CITY.
River Aura pilgrimage routes – Turku’s modern pilgrimages
There are two pilgrimage routes from Turku Cathedral, which offer a free escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life through the beautiful River Aura scenery. The routes can be explored in a few hours or pilgrims can take their time hiking over a few of days.
Happiness Turku style: live like a local
Finland is the happiest country in the world. What are the keys to happiness in Turku? Find out what you can do in our city and the surrounding region to feel happy like a Finn!
Turku - unique spots and hidden gems
In Turku, it’s easy to dive right in and go with the flow. However, before you jump head first into the River Aura, have a look at some of the favourite places loved by locals, as well as the lesser-known stars hiding down side streets and round corners. Be the first to discover the place on everyone's lips a year from now.
Finnish forest – the natural key to well-being
Have you heard about the healing powers of the forest? Turku has a lot to offer for those who want to get close to greenery – both in and out of the city center!
How to access the most world’s most beautiful Turku Archipelago
There's nothing wrong with the mediterranean but even bigger wonder lies in the surroundings of Turku. The over 40,000 islands and nature is said to be the most beautiful in the world. Inspiration and passion await you in Turku's Archipelago.
Lieto offers distinctive surroundings for a cycling trip. On the tour of the six districts, you can experience the River Aura's national landscape, rich rural environment, as well as the area’s cultural history. The tour is a 61km long circular route that, for part of the way, runs along the historic Hämeen Härkätie (Ox Road) and Varkaantie routes, through villages, river landscapes and forest roads. Check out the cycling routes on the VisitLieto website.
Kayaking is a fantastic way to experience the Finnish Archipelago! During Aavameri's guided tours and courses all stress disappears and your mind is at rest. Activities are arranged most weekdays on Ruissalo, Turku and in the Archipelago National Park.
To extract every bit of joy from the summer, escape the everyday, and bring you and your companions that holiday feeling, Aavameri has created the ideal package, catering for all that’s required for a perfect summer’s day. Upon arriving on the island of Satava for the summer season, Aavameri set up a kayak and SUP-board rental point. Now interested kayaking enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to professionals, can explore the surrounding waters, whether independently or as a guided activity. The company also organises guided tours and courses.
Åland will celebrate 100 years of self-government for a full year beginning on 9th June 2021. The celebration of the anniversary year is attended by the whole of Åland: its residents, visitors, organisations and companies. During the year, every event is more impressive than the next, one of which is the City Festival, Sail Åland from 22nd-25th July. Here, you can experience the maritime atmosphere of the city at its best, whilst at the same time enjoying good food, drink, the market atmosphere as well as entertainment.
Archipelago National park - a mosaic of the sea and thousands of islands! The Archipelago National Park is located just 60 kilometres from Turku. Visitors can reach the park via Kimito and Pargas. The Archipelago National Park is one of the most species-rich regions in Finland. Visitors can also experience archipelago life and culture within the park as well as in co-operation areas outside it. The Archipelago National Park is part of the Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve established by UNESCO.
Archipelago Sea Jazz is a unique series of four festivals that invite you to embrace the intimate archipelago atmosphere and top music during the summer of 2021. The collection of seaside festivals brings jazz enthusiasts together on Kimito Island, in Korpo, to the Ruissalo Boatyard in Turku and Mariehamn in Åland. World class jazz and the romance of the archipelago: this is Archipelago Sea Jazz.
Founded in 2008, ArtTeatro is a circus and artistic variety services enterprise. Our company specialises in the production of high-quality entertainment experiences as well as the organisation of circus activities. ArtTeatro offers circus performances, circus activities, programme numbers such as acrobatics, juggling, art trapeze or string dancing, mystical black and magic theatre performances, as well as circus history lectures.
Held for the 11th time, Aura Fest celebrates next summer from the 13th–14th August 2021, as usual in Turku’s magnificent Kupittaa Park. Another high-quality line-up of artists bring music and merriment to the middle of the most beautiful park in Turku. The first confirmed artists are Sanni, Gasellit, Elastinen, Stig, Gettomasa, Mikael Gabriel, Petri Nygård, Reino Nordin and Spekti. The festival area is located within walking distance of central Turku, close to all the city’s services. Throw yourself into the atmosphere of Aura Fest and let the positive vibes lift your spirits! The event is only for visitors over 18 years old.
Avis Car Hire Turku offers car rental for every need and situation. From the fleet you'll find cars for all purposes, from passenger cars to minibuses. All of the cars are new and always kept in top condition.
The Baltic Sea Day is celebrated on the 26th August, bringing together many interesting events. The different kinds of events of the Baltic Sea Day are open to all, of which participation in many is free. For instance, are you interested in a creative writing workshop where you dive into the deep sea of life? Or perhaps a tour, a performance or discussion? Maybe a Nature Symphony in an open-air concert, a Baltic Sea menu or a group dip in the sea? The Baltic Sea brings many memorable moments!
Biketaxis will arrive on the streets of Turku by the summer of 2021. Electric rickshaws are great for touring the city's sights and surrounding areas. Bikes can accommodate 2-3 people at a time. With Biketaxi, you’ll always receive good customer service and a fabulous feeling. Biketaxi’s mission is to bring a smile to the face of every customer. Order a Biketaxi by calling +358 44 7456 777 or picking one up on the fly when in the city. Biketaxi – the most positive trend of the summer!
The southernmost sites of the Bothnian Sea National Park are located in Kustavi. On a boat trip, get to know the magnificent archipelago nature along with the culturally and historically significant Isokari Lighthouse Island and Katanpää Island Fortress. For a longer stay, book accommodation on the islands or pack a tent with you. See the Visit Kustavi website for more information on the destinations and boat trips.
Brinkkala Mansion is perhaps best known as the site for the famous Declaration of Christmas Peace, an event broadcast to the nation every year. However, there is much more hiding in the courtyard of handsome building. Brinkkala Mansion has served as a hotel, town hall and a police station. Nowadays, it houses boutiques featuring handicrafts, art, and literature, with a strong presence of Turku inspiration and influences. The courtyard is also home to a café and various association facilities. The area exudes history and is a popular venue for events and gatherings.
Rent a Buster, take the wheel and enjoy the water! Buster Rent hires boats in Turku, Raisio and Helsinki. The boats can be ordered to anywhere. It can be launched directly into the water, delivered on a trailer or you can pick it up and take it on your journey.
Experience Turku and the archipelago by bike! Carfield is a bicycle rental company in Turku with over 40 rental locations around the archipelago. Carfield's range of bicycles includes high-quality hybrid bikes, trekking bikes, electric bikes and children's bikes. You are able to hire a bike from one location and return it to another. All rental locations and prices are found on the bike rental website.
Challenge Turku brings an international triathlon competition to Turku and the iconic Aura riverside. Even though the competition draws the world's best professional triathletes and their Finnish counterparts to challenge for victory, Challenge Turku is also an event for the whole family. There are few barriers to participation, with available distances for people of all ages and abilities!
Experience the magical atmosphere of Christmas at the Old Great Square Turku on four weekends before Christmas. The Christmas Market's festive spirit, Christmas aromas, fairytales, dance, music and charming vendors’ stalls invites the whole family to the Old Great Square.
Jump on your bike and pedal along the coast through maritime archipelago scenery. Take a deviation along the way to visit one of the idyllic ironworks and coastal villages, refresh yourself with a dip in the sea, enjoy the local restaurants and cafés, or rest and admire the peace of Finland's nature in one of three different national parks. The entire journey is just over 200 km long, part of which is made by ferry. During the sea voyage between Hanko and Kasnäs, you’ll have the chance to explore the famous Bengtskär lighthouse.
Doerz helps travellers find real-life experiences with locals. Experience berry picking with Marjatta, vintage and flea market shopping with Ida or beer tasting with Tapani. See their everyday life and get to know the real locals. There's over 50 of them waiting for you in Turku!
The Down By The Laituri city festival continues to grow and evolve! The cultural and historical surroundings of the Cathedral Square raise the bar to an entirely new level, where audiences can arrive to a relaxed vibe and three festive days full of music. The diverse line-up for the event is packed with renowned artists. In addition, the festival offers top-quality restaurant services and fascinating art.
At Forum Marinum you can now experience the magic of the archipelago from land. The new exhibition 40,000+ is named after the number of islands and islets in the Archipelago Sea and brings together the people, nature, and way of life of the archipelago. In the functional exhibition, the viewer can experience, see and hear about life in the archipelago in the form of mini-documentaries and videos, among other things.
Come and challenge yourself in Finland's largest eco-adventure park! In Turku Flowpark, you'll find 19 tracks through the trees with more than 140 tasks that put both your balance and coordination to the ultimate test. Spend a great day having by yourself or with your nearest and dearest – you’ll find courses suitable for anyone and everyone who’s active and adventurous, whatever their age. Get high!
A truly unique city ferry serves the Aura River, taking passengers from Turku to Åbo and back again in just a few minutes. Föri (comes from the Swedish word färja) is a light traffic ferry that has served the Aura River for over a hundred years, first taking passengers in 1904. Beloved by Turku citizens, the little orange ferry runs nonstop back and forth across the Aura River approximately 500 metres after the last bridge heading toward the mouth of the river. Föri takes around 1,5 minutes to cross the river and starts back when the passengers have been replaced with new ones. Hop aboard, it's free!
The Funicular is the first outdoor inclined elevator in a Finnish city. It offers unimpeded access to Kakolanmäki hill where there is no other public transport. The funicular runs between Linnankatu and Graniittilinnankatu at Linnankatu 55b. You can get on or off at both stations, lower station and top station. Travelling on the funicular is free of charge and one-way trip takes about one minute.
Great Beers - Small Breweries is a traditional Finnish beer festival, whose star attractions are the brilliant Finnish craft breweries. This happy beer event will land in Turku for the seventh time this summer. There’s a wide selection of drinks, so come and choose your favourite! The venue is in Mannerheim Park near Mikael’s Church.
In the heart of Turku is Hansakortteli (Hansa Block), a hive for diverse events on the edge of Turku's market square. Hansakortteli provides a fantastic shopping experience with many stores and specialty shops as well as a first-class department store. Comfortable restaurants and cafes offer a varied selection of cuisine. The shopping centre also houses banking and currency exchange services, a pharmacy and a doctor's surgery.
Hostel Tuorla provides low cost accommodation just 13 km away from Turku. It is conveniently located close to the Archipelago Trail and the main Helsinki highway. The hostel also runs a popular lunchtime restaurant and a shop full of local products. Come and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere!
Step into a single artistic work the size of a house! A group of a hundred artists transform an empty labyrinth house into an unprecedented experience – the masterpiece Huoneiden kirja (eng. A Book of Rooms). Walk into an immersive, multi-artistic and sensual performance. The work is based on Saila Susiluoto's poetry book of the same name. Performance venue: Turku Kivipaino, Ursininkatu 6.
Impivaara Swimming Centre is home to Finland's largest swimming hall and pool complex. Impivaara boasts eight different pools, three fitness rooms and a gym. At Impivaara, you'll find a range of ways for the whole family to get exercise. The entrance fee allows visitors to both swim and use the gym. Every day there are plenty of guided activities in the pools, the gyms and the fitness rooms.
Embrace the fresh sea air and new adventures just a short distance away! Åland offers a lot to experience and do for outdoor enthusiasts. Try out the unique experiences by paddling, hiking or biking around the magnificent archipelago. In the Åland archipelago, more than 30 newly renovated hiking trails are just waiting to be explored, whilst the network of cycle paths is constantly being expanded. All around Åland, open nature awaits and the sea is always close at hand. The adventure is waiting for you!
If racing old cars or motorcycles is your thing, it’s worth going cruising through Itäharju on 22nd August. Participation is free of charge and any vehicle that falls under the 1972 model category or older can register. The history of the race dates back to 1955, when the event was organised for the first time by the Turku Motor Society. If you struggle to discover a suitable ride in time, you can also participate as a spectator. Public access to the event is free of charge.
J & M Launokorpi Oy organises great archipelago tours, inspiring bike and nature trips as well as diverse cultural excursion in the Turku Archipelago and nearby areas. From what’s on offer, you’re sure to find a trip suitable for your group with the possibility to tailor a bespoke travel package if required. J & M Launokorpi Oy also has well-equipped charter buses of various sizes.
Experience Turku's archipelago by boat! The beauty of Turku's archipelago is truly seen when the ropes are cast off from the quay. JetRent hires out multiple sizes of boats and jet skis for use on your own, independent archipelago adventure. Rental boats are new, well-equipped and ready waiting in the water. The homeport is the guest marina of Kaarina Hovirinta.
Kaarina has numerous nature attractions, parks and beaches. At the newly renovated Hovirinta Beach Park, there is plenty to do by the sea, on the terrace, at the playgrounds, in the traffic park or in the sports zone. When visiting Kaarina outdoors, in addition to six beaches, there is the Linnavuori hill in Piikkiö, the Kuninkaantie road environment around Tuorla, or the rural landscapes along the outdoor trails of Lemunniemi. There are also SUP-boards or boats for hire, with kayaking trips and guided tours available as well."
Kesärauha (Summer Peace) is a festival of indie and alternative music in Turku, which this year is held from 6th to 8th August 2021 in Turku Castle Park. Kesärauha, which made its debut in 2019, immediately took its place as one of the most important alternative music festivals in Turku and Finland. At Kesärauha 2021, ticket-holders can enjoy seeing both top foreign and domestic artists, including Mew, Supergrass, Alma, Magenta Skycode, Vesta, Ruusut and Maustetytöt, as well as almost 50 other performers.
KUI Design LOCAL SHOP offers its own locally produced products as well as an evolving range including products from other small, interesting brands, originating from Turku and other parts of the world. Our Local Shop still stands for the same principles that KUI Design represented back in 2007; local producers, professionalism, joy and passion.
The 18-hole golf course, designed by Swedish golf architect Jan Sederholm, is located in the beautiful archipelago landscape of Naantali’s Luonnonmaa. The high-quality fairways of the course have been specifically designed to meet the needs and desires of the average club player. Kultaranta also offers a variety of training options. Both the 7-hole Par 3 as well as the Minigolf Arena are perfect for honing your short-game and practicing putting. Kultaranta Resort is growing at a rapid pace and is being acknowledged as Finland's most attractive golf tourism destination.
The KultaViljaset watch store is the only place in Turku authorised to service the Omega brand, as well as servicing other valuable watches. The store can be found in the centre of Turku on Humalistonkatu street, the façade displaying Omega signs and banners. The watch store also sells fully-serviced vintage watches and jewellery. Charmingly beautiful treasures from decades past have been carefully restored for use. Vintage jewellery from well-known Finnish designers as well as highly regarded Swiss watch brands are real gems of the circular economy.
Finland's largest and oldest city park is the place 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 and petanque enthusiasts. Pump some iron at the gym or hit the lanes at the bowling hall. Kupittaa Park also offers families with kids the popular Traffic City, Adventure Park and the Kupittaa Outdoor Pool.
Kurjenrahka National Park – nature at the edge of city culture. Take a detour from the hustle and bustle of the Turku city, for either a few hours or for a day/night trip, and immerse yourself in the nature of Kurjenrahka. Kurjenrahka gets its name from the marshland habitat of the elegant long-legged cranes, but boasts all sorts of flora and fauna, including owls in the springtime. With a good covering of snow, the ski trails even take you into the centre of the peaceful marshlands during winter.
Kustavi's summer, with its variety of events, is a magnet for tourists. The Circus Festival and the Volter Kilpi Literature Week offer a feast for culture and art enthusiasts alike in Kustavi. Villagers and visitors can take part in unique archipelago traditions, such as the raising of the midsummer pole on Midsummer's Eve. Go to the Visit Kustavi website to explore more the events calendar.
In Kustavi on the southwest coast of Finland, there are almost 2000 islands, less than 1000 inhabitants but more than 900 km of shorelines. As you wander along Kustavi’s forested upland paths, live the life of an explorer: how memorable and exciting it would be to discover your own magnificent rocky cliff or sheltered cove. Staring out onto the open sea from the silhouetted cliffs, it’s magical to share a moment alone with just the Artic Jaeger, Greylag Geese or Sea Eagle for company. With the drive from Turku under an hour, Kustavi is even suitable as a day trip.
On the island of Kuusisto in Kaarina, lies a unique site of cultural and natural value, the historic ruins of the Bishop’s Castle – a fabulous experience for all ages! Near to the castle ruins, the Kuusisto Art Manor displays a new exhibition of contemporary art every summer. Connecting the art manor to the ruins is a culture and nature trail, along which you can explore many different habitats, such as groves, spruce forest and meadow landscapes. Access to the art manor and castle ruins is free of charge.
Programme services, restaurant for hire and accommodation in Marttila, the peace and quiet of nature only a half hour's drive from Turku. Come and enjoy yourself! Year-round accommodation with beds for 16, as well as spare beds. Programme services include carriage rides and horseback riding, the wilderness trails in Marttila and the River Paimionjoki.
In July, Aura Golf in Ruissalo is an exciting place to be, as Turku will be a destination of the European Tour for Women's Golf. The tour hasn't been in Finland for the last 10 years, so Aura Golf is very honoured to host this world-famous major competition. The prize money is 200,000 Euros, and the promoter is the Finnish Golf Association. With 126 top players pitching up at the venue, it’s a spectacle you really don't want to miss!
Åll about Turku – See Turku like you've never seen it before! Låna has brought modern picnic-boats to the River Aura, letting you see the city from a unique view. Take a romantic picnic ride with a loved one, spend an evening with a friend or borrow the River Aura for a meeting. Design your own adventure or let us build a special experience for your group.
Are you planning to visit Turku as a tourist and do you need a guide, who speaks a foreign languages fluently, and has a car with space for a driver and 6 passengers? Is your company receiving international guests, who you would like to show a bit of Finnish culture, before your business lunch? Lena's Sightseeing offers memorable guide services focused on Finnish culture that are tailored especially to your company's needs. Attention! During the coronavirus pandemic, tours will be mainly held as walking tours.
The new mini-festival LieveILMIÖ will be held in the courtyard of the Rettig factory from 15th-18th July 2021. The atmosphere of the old Rettig tobacco factory provides a wonderful setting for a new city event and gives the public access to a previously unfamiliar corner at the heart of Turku's old town. Combining a festival and garden party atmosphere, the event serves up four days of interesting alternative music and a range of thought-provoking art, as is typical of the well-known ILMIÖ festival.
Liikkeelle.com gets people moving! Liikkeelle.com offers versatile fitness services as well as professional staff for promotions and trade fairs.
Magni Mundi offers tailor-made travel packages and guided tours, in the Turku region and Southwest-Finland in particular. Magni Mundi plans and implements tours and excursions in accordance with the wishes of the clients. They strive to provide the customers with rewarding cultural experiences — including architecture, history, food and other perspectives of culture.
The forecourt of Forum Marinum is the venue for an active summer market, offering a variety of things to do, ideas for the archipelago tourist as well as memorable culinary delicacies from local producers. The summer market offers a changing weekly programme for ten weeks across summer. On the weekends during July, the summer market also provides the opportunity for tourists to explore memorable culinary experiences from nearby producers. The summer market is carried out in connection with the maritime centre.
Contrary to what the name suggests, Uusikaupunki (New City) is over 400 years old! When getting to know the maritime town, it’s worth starting at the magnificent shore of the Kaupunginlahti Bay, where the info-walls and story placards along the promenade form a kind of open-air museum. The charming 19th century warehouses of the beach boulevard, once upon a time storing salt, now house restaurants and terraces with an enticing atmosphere. The Pakkahuone café on the guest marina serves up delicious doughnuts and hosts popular events. Don’t miss out on the all the activity at the night markets. Experience the city’s fascinating history by downloading the new UkiAR mobile app, and let a maid from the 19th century take you on guided tour. The Bothnian Sea National Park is also waiting close at hand, with trips available via a variety of cruises. Popular destinations include the Katanpää Island Fortress as well as Isonkari Lighthouse Island.
The Medieval Market is Finland's largest medieval and historical event held at Turku. 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 work displays area, artisans will demonstrate medieval working methods. The whole family can enjoy the medieval amusement!
The Medieval Turku event will be held again in the city from 1st to 4th July 2021. The programme offers an opportunity to get to know the past through guided tours and performances, among other things. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Rohan Stables, Turku Castle, the Medieval Market and Turku Cathedral, are all included as part of the Medieval Turku event.
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Luostarin Välikatu runs through the heart of medieval Turku. The street leads up to Kaskenmäki hill to the former site of St Olav's Dominican monastery, lying between here, the city centre and Turku Cathedral. Surviving the Great Fire of Turku, Luostarin Välikatu ('Monastery Avenue') was kept as a reminder of the narrow medieval streets. Nowadays it's the site of the Luostarin Välikatu Handicraft Stores, where local artisans sell their wares such as metal products, wood products, textiles, decorative design and jewellery.
The Moomin Shop has now arrived in Turku! The delightful little boutique is located in the Hansa shopping centre, on the first floor. Moomin Shop offers an amazing selection of lovely Moomin products for the whole family. Here you'll discover limited edition series as well as classic products.
Exploring the sights of Naantali from the saddle of a bike is nothing but fun! Naantali’s choice of charming cycling routes range from a few kilometres to multi-day excursions. From Naantali, you have convenient access to the cycle roads of the Archipelago Trail, which connects all the way to Åland islands. Check out the selection of routes on the Visit Naantali website. Bicycle hire, whether for a few hours or several days, is also available in Naantali.
Naantali is a town which hosts events throughout the year. There are individual local happenings enlivening the town all year round, whilst major events such as the Sleepyhead Day, the Naantali Music Festival and the Naantali Boat Fair offer a diverse programme for the whole family. There’s no need to plan too much when visiting Naantali, it’s great whenever you come, but a couple of unique suggestions include the Night of St Bridget, Naantali's SunFest, the Night of the Ancient Fires and Lux Gratiae.
Summer, sun and the archipelago – is there any better combination? Come to Nagu Marina for a happy summer's day at the largest and most popular harbour in the Archipelago Sea. The guest marina holds plenty of amenities for visitors as well as interesting sights within easy reach.
New Performance Turku Festival är ett enkelt sätt att lära känna den fascinerande världen för performancekonst. Festivalen samlar intressanta artister, perspektiv och möten till en unik helhet. Som konstform är performancekonst enormt tvärvetenskapligt, och här får du en bra uppfattning om det. Festivalen är gratis och passar alla åldrar, så kom utforska!
The already famous Turku Night of the Arts will again bring pleasure to locals and visitors this summer. On the 12th August, operators in the artistic fields spread out all over Turku, organising a diverse programme that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. This is an easy opportunity for anyone wanting to incorporate a little culture into their everyday evenings. The Night of the Arts is loved by people of all ages! The evening's events, opportunities and exhibitions can be viewed in advance so you can choose which one you want to participate in. A good option is also to walk around the city centre so you can absorb a sense of art in all its forms.
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 Town 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.
Olohuone 306,4 km² is an annual urban art festival, which is this year organised in August in Turku. Open to all and integrating different artistic fields, the event provides the chance to experience art in unexpected places and situations. Olohuone encourages people to participate in art and regard their living environment from a different perspective.
Designed by Aino and Alvar Aalto and constructed in 1933, the Paimio tuberculosis sanatorium, in its pine-forested complex, is one of the world's best-known examples of functionalist architecture. Today, the sanatorium serves as a business premises for companies, as well as an events venue and a place for the general public to visit. The building and its backstory can be explored via the guided tour and exhibition. The sanatorium also includes the high-quality Kanttiini Café.
The Port of Turku has excellent connections to Scandinavia and Europe. There are four daily departures in both directions on the route between Turku and Stockholm carrying nearly 3,5 million passengers annually and 10,000 daily. The Port of Turku is easily accessible by bus and by train. There is plenty of parking for those arriving by car.
PUF is an inspiring, collaborative and lively design market open throughout the year. PUF, covering 200 m2 of space, brings together Finnish design's most fascinating creators. The simple yet beautiful, inspiring environment captures the imagination and encourages visitors to consume responsibly. On display are designs from several established names as well as domestic brands.
River ferry Pikkuföri is a taxi ferry on the River Aura, originating from the 1970s when it was designed to carry the dock labourers and ship workers from one shore to another. At the turn of the millennium Pikkuföri was acquired by the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. The ferry can carry 38 passengers at a time.
River Taxi creates a chance to escape everyday life, on a trip full of beautiful scenery and adventure. The cruise gives friends the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company through the changing picturesque landscape. Bring a picnic hamper and take an unforgettable trip along the River Aura or perhaps to Ruissalo. There’s also the possibility to customise your cruise to any special desire, even venturing out to the nearby archipelago. Take your private group on bachelor or bachelorette parties, for weddings or birthdays. Come and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of the authentic River Taxi wooden boat.
Rosita Cruises is your partner in the Archipelago Sea. On Rosita's ships, you can cruise to the Vepsa Recreational Island on scheduled trips or on your own group’s own terms by booking a private charter cruise. Embark on a two-hour cruise into the Airisto Sea or spend an entire summer’s day on the Island of Vepsa! Departures are from the shores of the River Aura to the recreational Island of Vepsa. The archipelago ship Lily is 37 m long and carries a maximum of 246 passengers. The ship has an air-conditioned lounge, bar / kiosk, a 50-person cabinet and a large sun deck.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, Ruisrock 2021 has been cancelled. The next time the festival will be celebrated will be from 8th to 10th July 2022, in Ruissalo, Turku.
Ruissalo Boatyard offers a wonderful seaside setting in which to party and spend your free time. Hungry visitors can indulge at Zaké Pizzeria & Wine Bar and Tenlén BBQ & Smokery (opening summer 2021), or feast on style at Avelia café and design boutique. Enjoy the repertoire of Linnateatteri at the summer theatre, and summer events such as TFO, the Turku Music Festival, Turku Sea Jazz, the Boat Show and the Airisto Classic Regatta. The boatyard offers facilities for 30-500 people to party and banquet in style.
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 and Botanical Gardens have all combined to make the island famous. Well-maintained bike paths offer comfortable distances for the whole family. The rocky outcrops, sandy beaches, rolling fields and pretty gardens will lead to love at first sight for all who visit the island.
SaariTours is a reliable tour operator that serves, listens and advises when it suits you. With years of experience and professionalism, SaariTours organizes both group and individual trips. Only the most skilled guides in the archipelago, the most interesting places to visit and the most popular places to have lunch and coffee.
The Teijo National Park, the cluster of idyllic ironworks villages and country manors, the nearby archipelago alongside the entire coastal area, are an astonishing collection of attractions. On top of all this are the diverse services of Salo city centre, Finland's best market, the famous evening markets on Thursdays during summer, together with a packed programme of culture and events. With so many places worth visiting in Salo, a short stay is never enough! You may even want to stay here for good. Just over an hour from Helsinki and half an hour from Turku, fall in love and be inspired by Salo.
The happy atmosphere of the Samppalinna swimming stadium is a summer oasis for Turku residents at the city centre. The main attraction is the 50-metre pool and diving tower, overlooking the rooftops of the city. For little children, there’s even a separate shallow pool and small slide. Sun-seekers will find plenty of sunbathing areas around the stadium, as well as a café.
The Mylly Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre in Southwest Finland. At Mylly you’ll find 150 shops and services just a 10-minute drive from the centre of Turku. Mylly is easily accessible. Either take the car and park for free or leave it at home and hop on a bus – they run every 15 minutes from the centre of Turku to the doors of Mylly. Mylly offers the most comprehensive selection of shops and businesses in the region. While shopping, you can also enjoy one or more of the 20 restaurants and cafés. Welcome to Mylly – we have it all!
Shopping Centre Skanssi is conveniently located just off the motorway towards Helsinki. Whether travelling by car and using the free parking hall, or arriving by foot, Föli bike or bus direct to the door, the city congestion is avoided. At Skanssi, you'll find everything from local specialities to international fashion from a selection of over 90 stores.
Silja Line cruise ferries Galaxy and Baltic Princess offer two daily departures on Turku-Stockholm route. Travel comfortably admiring the breathtaking sea views, enjoy excellent delicacies and entertainment. Silja Line offers something for every taste! Silja Line's modern ships offer also a wide range of shopping possibilities with tax free prices.
Hike from one island to the next through the world’s most beautiful archipelago. Your journey starts from Turku Cathedral, passes through the archipelago and Åland, before continuing all the way to Trondheim in Norway. Surrounded by the rich and diverse nature of the archipelago, take an historic journey, on which hikers and locals meet. Your journey spans almost 1,200 kilometres. You can walk the route for a few hours, several days, or a few weeks. Design your own trip and book an overnight stay or other services via the digital maps. The St. Olav Waterway is part of the official Saint Olav Ways, a network of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
Launched in the spring of 2017, the Storbåt Tacksamheten is a sailing boat crafted using traditional methods and materials. Tacksamheten's home port is Nagu in Pargas. From here the boat makes regular sailing trips during July, as well as on request throughout the sailing season (May-October). The programme for the sailing season can be found on the boat's website.
SuperPark Turku is an indoor sports activity park for the whole family. At SuperPark you'll find enthralling amusements and "moving" experiences all year round. The indoor activity park is located under the same roof as the Caribia Spa Hotel complex. SuperPark Turku invites you to play, adventure, test your skills or just relax with our diverse range of activities. With a wristband you can move about for the whole day.
It’s worth flocking down to the shores of the River Aura from July 21st-25th to experience the atmosphere of a real sailing competition, when the Swan sailboats gather in Turku to compete and show off their speed. As the name implies, the model is the Swan of sailboats, and holds a place of pride in Finland for its boatbuilding skills. The Nautor boatyard in Pietarsaari is known all over the world for proudly producing luxurious beauties. The Swan Regatta brings together the Swans of Europe to compete every other year, and this year Turku is the host for the competition.
In Teijo National Park, peaceful nature combines with cultural history and modern life, as visitors explore the craft traditions of Mathildedal, Teijo and Kirjakkala ironworks villages. Access to the national park is easy, with its sea, lake and marsh scenery, and activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddling, cycling and fishing. Enjoy the nature and cultural heritage of Teijo on a day trip, stay overnight in the charming accommodation of the ironworks villages or under the starry sky of the national park.
During the Baltic Sea Day, every sense can experience something wonderful, when the Nature Symphony will be performed as an outdoor concert in front of Forum Marinum. The Nature Symphony is a unique musical performance by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (TFO), in which a visual experience is also provided through film. This documentary of nature is a celebration of Finland's magnificent natural world. The orchestra is conducted by Erkki Lasonpalo along with one of Finland's most respected performers, Aili Ikonen, who is also seen on stage. The film is directed by Marko Röhr. The Nature Symphony is part of the Baltic Sea Day event.
The old town of Naantali is Finland’s most distinctive area of wooden buildings. Naantali’s old town is made up of colourful wooden homes and an idyllic guest marina, stretching in front of the beautiful convent church and embraced by the bay and beach from all sides. In summer, enjoy the authentic seaside holiday milieu, the treasures of the boutiques and the delights of the many restaurants, cafés and ice cream parlors. No wonder Naantali is often called Portofino of the North!
Paavo Nurmi The festival celebrates and commemorates the memory of the great runner Paavo Nurmi during the festival weeks in Turku. The festival includes various sports events. 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of Nurmi's first Olympic Games at the Antwerp Olympics. In his career, Nurmi won nine golds and three silver medals at the Olympics.
Tourists can find Visit Turku’s Tourist Information at the Monitori by the Market Square. The tourist information office there provides expert advice and suggestions all year round. The tourist office sells tickets for Visit Turku's popular guided walking tours. Walking tours are organised several times a week during the summer season. Upcoming walking tours can be found via the online shop. You can buy for example very popular Food Walk cards from our Tourist Information office or get it from online shop. The tourist office also sells tickets and makes reservations for performances at the Turku City Theatre, concerts by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and for the Turku Music Festival. At the tourist office, you can buy tickets for winter swimming at Ruissalo's Saaronniemi. Welcome to the tourist information office - you will find us on the corner of the market square, in the Market Square Monitori!
Turku Animated Film Festival, more commonly known as TAFF, is Finland's most charming, international animated film festival. Once again audiences can enjoy enchanting short-animations and a rich international festival atmosphere.
Heavily armored warriors will go head-to-head with one another throughout the week, challenging each other on horse and on foot over several disciplines. This highly impressive array of skills are now available for the sixth time, taking place within the magnificent and historical setting of Turku Castle. During the competition the castle will come fully to life with a special market and themed tours. The combat zone and the market area are open to free to the public.
On Turku Day the whole city celebrates! In 2020, Turku Day will be celebrated on Sunday, September 20th, and there will be plenty of festivities for the whole weekend. The weekend program invites lovers of music, dance, sports and history all to join in on the celebration.
In need of information regarding bus routes and timetables in the Turku region? Perhaps you would like to buy a tourist's travel ticket? The Föli public transport tickets for the Turku region are valid throughout Turku, Kaarina, Raisio, Lieto, Naantali and Rusko. A flat rate exists throughout the area meaning that the price is the same regardless of journey length. Föli Service Office: Monitori Market Square, Aurakatu 8, 20100 Turku
The Turku Market Hall, completed in 1896, 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. Inside you'll find traditional meat and fish counters, delicatessen and speciality shops, bread, milk and cheese shops as well as restaurants and cafes.
The centre point 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. 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's National Urban Park comprises 15 kilometres of green space, cultural history and the rural landscapes of the River Aura valley. The urban park begins at the living history of Kurala Village and continues through Finland’s oldest city centre out to the oak groves on the island of Ruissalo, all the way to the shores of the Airisto Sea. The national urban park is formed from the heart of Turku – the birthplace for city culture within Finland.
Book your adventure tour to the archipelago with Turun Saaristomatkat! Self-catering bike tours, cruises, Bus & Bike trips and various hiking tours, all conveniently from one place! Turun Saaristomatkat knows the archipelago's routes, food and accommodation. Focus on enjoying the unique nature of the archipelago as the company takes care of all the practical arrangements.
Experience nostalgic boat cruises aboard an old wooden boat. M/S Tuula II makes historic cruises between the archipelagos of Turku and Kaarina. The Tuula II waterbus cruises during summer from Turku past the island nature of Hirvensalo and Ruissalo, as well as the ruins of Kaarina's Kuusisto Castle. From Kaarina’s Hovirinta beach, you can join an island tour of Kuusisto and connect to Pargas.
Turku's Urheilupuisto is located in the Turku city centre, on the east bank of the Aura. This extensive parkland holds an enormous number of places to exercise, all year round. 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, there's a skating field.
Finland's first vegan street food event, Vegånia, introduces food that makes you feel good. Vegånia offers vegan food to suit everyone, whether you’re vegan or not.
It’s time to get on your bike! A slice of Finland's most beautiful archipelago is right at your fingertips - and no need to worry about a boat or ferry timetables. Traverse the entire 50-kilometre route in one go or take your time enjoying the archipelago atmosphere. The Velhovesi Ring Road takes you through the northern archipelago of Uusikaupunki, around the freshwater basin. The length of the main route is about 50 km. On this route you can cycle from one island to another, for example on an electric bike, available to rent from the Uusikaupunki Tourist Office. Along the way, stay in charming accommodation, take a dip in fresh lakes or sea waves, rest in the peaceful scenery or explore the village shops. Read the stories about the centuries-old Velhovesi from a brochure or via your mobile phone.
Disembark from the journey of daily life and step aboard for a day or a little longer – the choice is yours. There is a great range of entertainment to enjoy on board, as well as delicious food, spa treatments and tax free shopping, all wrapped up in the beautiful Archipelago scenery. Ships depart daily from Turku, with the Amorella leaving in the morning and the Viking Grace in the evening. Welcome aboard!
Animal Pet Centre Zoo Jatar in Turku, is a full-service pet centre located in the area of Suikkila. At Zoo Jatar you can choose from our wide range of accessories and food as well as domesticated pets. The store covers a space of over 600 m²! Professional staff are there to provide assistance in all pet-related matters.
A happy vibe descends on the Great Old Square in Turku from 6th to 7th August, when Ølfest gathers together craft breweries to enjoy a summer weekend of chilled beer. Ølfest merges the traditional German-style Biergaten with the unique offerings from small modern breweries. Everyone has free access to the licensed area, with patrons enjoying chilled beer from their Ølfest drinking glasses. This experience is perfect not only for beer enthusiasts but also anyone else looking for great way to spend a balmy August evening, with selections also including ciders and non-alcoholic drinks.