Åbo Svenska Teater is a pearl of central Turku and is famed for being the oldest theatre in Finland. The beautiful theatre house was built in 1839. The theatre is known for its high-quality performances, which audiences enjoy in a glamorous and comfortable auditorium. All performances on the Main Stage are subtitled in both Swedish and Finnish. Groups can enjoy guided tours of the theatre’s backstage and workstations.
Turku's fascinating cultural offer
TURKU HAS SEEN THE LAUNCH OF THE REFORMATION, THE WRITTEN LANGUAGE, AND UNTIL 1827, HAS BURNT TO THE GROUND AT REGULAR INTERVALS. THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN WHY TURKU HAS LEARNT TO EASILY RENEW ITSELF – AND DEVELOP CULTURE ALL AROUND.
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.
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.
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!
Aboa offers services tailored to suit the specifics of your event. Aboa has experience creating the framework for a variety of events, from scientific conventions to workshops, evening soirees and celebrations. The goal is always to deliver a high quality occasion, with smooth organisation and positive and meaningful experiences, on-site or virtually. With Aboa taking care of all the practical concerns, it leaves you, the organiser, to focus on the content of the event.
Aboa Vetus Ars Nova is a museum of archaeology and contemporary art, and a meeting point for everyone, located at the heart of Turku. Experience the streets of the 600-year-old ruins! There is a lot to explore for the younger visitors as well. The museum’s art exhibitions showcase interesting contemporary artists and bring to light topical perspectives on different phenomena. The museum offers you the best museum experience ever!
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. 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. It's a happy place with plenty of activities!
Situated by the sea, Airisniemi Estate offers a lavish setting for unforgettable weddings, birthday parties, company wellbeing days and classic crayfish parties. In addition to the stylish main building, which is more than 100 years old, patrons have the use of the stunning Mutteri Pavilion, a landmark overlooking the Airisto Sea, as well as a handsome sauna building dating from the 1970s. All this can be found only a 25-minute drive from the centre of Turku.
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.
This tourist route going round the Archipelago of Turku takes you through the magnificent natural and cultural landscapes. Along the 250 km route you'll encounter 12 bridges, 9 ferries and many idyllic Archipelago parishes. By car you can drive the route in a day, but why hurry? Bike and hike and stay along the way.
St. Henry's Ecumenical Art Chapel on the island of Hirvensalo is also a pilgrimage for lovers of architecture. The mystical landscape sculpture was completed on the fringe of the archipelago nature in 2005. In addition to the ecclesiastical events the chapel also holds art exhibitions, tours and a variety of events from concerts to special celebrations.
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.
Turku is the puppetry theatre capital of Finland! Operating in the city are approximately 10 puppet theatre groups, which have joined to form the group Aura of Puppets. Puppetry theatre offers something for everyone, from young children to adults.
AB Dance Company is a contemporary dance group and dance theatre in Turku, offering a repertoire of performances for adults, children and groups. The group has been praised for its ability to constantly evolve and not be afraid to venture over the limits of its own genre. AB Dance Company’s artistic director is dancer-choreographer Urmas Poolamets.
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!
The Turku Biological Museum is a Diorama-Museum that resides in a beautiful Art Nouveau building. Thirteen nature scenes present natural landscapes in Finland, from Turku's archipelago all the way to the fjelds of Lapland. The museum is a great destination for all those interested in nature and cultural history.
The Turku University Botanical Garden operating 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. Flourishing in the outdoor garden are e.g. annuals, meadow flowers, exotic trees and shrubs. A distinguishing feature of the new landscape are the three ponds containing colorful waterlilies and other wetland plants. The indoor gardens and cafe are open every day from 11am-5pm.
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.
The Brinkhall Manor, located in Turku on the island of Kakskerta, can trace its history back to the 16th century. The existing neoclassical buildings, completed in 1793, are surrounded by a rich natural and cultural landscape with parks and gardens going back many hundreds of years.
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.
Located in the Old Great Square is the Brinkkala Gallery, where you can discover diverse and interesting exhibitions. Entrance to the Brinkkala Gallery is free of charge.
Café Art is an art café on the banks of the River Aura, considered a city oasis for coffee lovers. Homemade cakes, pastries and savory snacks as well as Turku Coffee Roastery's coffee guarantee a unique coffee experience. Café Art has received the title of 'Barista of the Year' no less than six times.
The Turku-based chamber choir Key Ensemble is renowned for its rich and authentic harmonies as well as its innovative programme arrangements. The semi-professional choir is composed of a 40-strong group of vocalists, from which the most appropriate choral group is selected according to the needs of each individual production. Founded in 2005, Key Ensemble's concerts and festival performances are in high demand.
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.
Dance Theatre ERI was founded in 1989 by renowned Finnish dancer/choreographers Tiina Lindfors, Lassi Sairela and Eeva Soini. The group rose to fame through their unique and impressive dance performances, both in Finland and abroad. At Dance Theatre ERI, dance, art and music combine to create an enchanting experience. ERI's performances embrace interesting themes that audiences can find both emotive and humorous.
EduArt offers a variety of entertainment and ways to have fun! Bring your party to life with hidden theatre, improvisation, sketches, playlets or even a fire show. In addition to these, EduArt's repertoire includes other entertainment, such as stand up.
The Ett Hem Museum on Piispankatu is the former residence of businessman Alfred Jacobsson and his wife Hélène. Now a museum, the interior décor of the bourgeois home transports you to the turn of the 20th century. There is something to interest everyone among the museum's many artefacts, from Finnish art to antiques and furniture. The museum is open to visitors during the summer season and in December. At other times, the museum can be opened to visitors upon special arrangement.
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.
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!
Located downstream of the River Aura is the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, a place of significant maritime heritage. The Suomen Joutsen (Finnish Swan) and other fascinating ships of the museum’s fleet are a unique experience, especially in summer. The exhibitions offer both in-depth information and an easy dive into maritime history. Relax in the historic wooden boats moored to the shore or be impressed by modern shipbuilding excellence. The Maritime Centre is a great place to visit for the whole family!
True sauna culture has existed in Turku since 1927, and in Kurjenmäki since 1941! Sauna holds a place in the hearts of every Finnish person. It cherishes the traditional values and respect for health and purification treatments, of which the sauna is the most prominent. Forum Sauna is Turku's only Public Sauna. In Forum Sauna are two saunas as well as washing and changing rooms with facilities for about 20 people on each side.
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.
Kalmankukka, drawn by Akseli Gallén-Kallela on wood, was once dismissed as a smudge. More than a hundred years later, art graphics - images made by printing with printing plates - can be found e.g. in Gallery Joella on the bank of the Aura river. Head over to Joella to view the exhibition on display and browse the hundreds of works for sale from dozens of different graphic artists.
Step into the city's oldest contemporary art space, Gallery Titanik, whose roof blends into Runeberg Park and the door opens to the banks of the Aura River. Built on the premises of a former public toilet, one can come across almost anything mind-boggling here: common denominators for contemporary art in Titanik are experimentation and non-commercialism.
Herrankukkaro means "Mama's pocket", and that's what it's all about. Built in the surroundings of an old fisherman's village is this distinctive conference and recreation venue in Turku's Archipelago. Awarded as the best tourism company in Finland, the village milieu intended for groups and companies operates throughout the year.
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.
Jazz City Turku is a unique concept, which turns Turku into a dazzling European city of Jazz! The three contributors forming the jazz extravaganza are the Flame Jazz concert series, the big band Turku Jazz Orchestra and the Turku Jazz Festival. Annually, Jazz City Turku produces nearly 70 concerts and events at a variety of venues. The mission is to enliven central Turku and provide both the region's residents and tourists alike with high quality cultural experiences.
Unique in the Nordic countries, Joki – Finland’s first regional visitor centre – is a diverse and interactive concept. Throughout the year, it provides interactive exhibitions and fresh perspectives on the business ecosystem, urban development and attractions of the local region. The Joki – Visitor and Innovation Centre is located close to the Turku Science Park in the Kupittaa district, with good connections in and out of the city.
Events take place in Kaarina House on a weekly basis. The programme includes temporary exhibitions, concerts, lectures and performances, with free admission. A culture tour can also be combined with a delightful restaurant experience and an overnight stay in one of Kaarina's many accommodation options, such as a manor house, a quaint inn, cosy cottage or relaxing hotel. Welcome to Kaarina!
Since 1853 the country's worst villains and murderers have been locked inside the bleak walls of Kakola. The futures of thousands of men have been lost behind the iron doors and granite stone walls. The Kakolanmäki Hill Museum will present these stories to the visitors. In the warden's old horse stables are a collection of photographs and artefacts from a hundred years ago. A large part of the artefacts are donations from the families of Kakola's former prison guards. The summertime Cafe Kakola operates in the park courtyard from the house of the old prison warden, built in 1879.
Kavalton Tila is an idyllic party venue, where party and catering services blend with the traditional farming environment. Kavalton Tila has various different sized banquet and conference venues, ranging from the romantic Attic in the barn, to the smoke sauna on the shores of the forest lake. The events are organized on a turnkey basis, designing to personal specifications and catering, accommodation and programme services are also provided.
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.
Kirjan talo (The Book House) is home to literary figures as well as an association for the promotion of reading and writing, located along the River Aura shores. Kirjan talo operates as an office space, a place to organise events, a classroom, a centre for leading workshops and a year-round networking venue. You can also rent space at Kirjan talo for your own events, or just visit to discuss the literary life in Turku.
Situated in the old town of Turku, Kunsthalle is a centre for visual arts run by two NGO's, the Photographic Centre Peri and the Turku Artist's Association. Located in Turku's Old Town Hall, Kunsthalle is a venue for public exhibitions of fascinating contemporary art, in addition to holding a library of photography books, Turku Artoteque, as well as a digital studio for visual artists, called the PeriLab. The Banquet Hall on the 3rd floor is available to hire for events and parties.
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.
Kylämäki Village in Kurala is made up of four farms with buildings still standing at their original sites. 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.
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.
Since 2003, the Turku-based Linnateatteri is a theatre company that has not only brought comedy and music but also delicious food, leaving no detail chance. The concept of Linnateatteri is to organise multi-level entertainment experiences that nourish both body and soul. In addition to plays for adults and children, Linnateatteri offers other forms of entertainment, including concerts and stand-up performances.
The Littoinen baize factory environment is one of the best preserved industrial areas in Finland. In addition to the factory building, the distinctive area includes homes of former workers, a church, a workers' hall and the owner’s manor. Built in 1823, the factory is located right on the shores of Lake Littoinen. During summer, you can participate in various public events, such as the Enchanting Gardens of Littoinen, the evening market or the traditional market.
Logomo is a centre for culture, art and the creative economy, which operates from inside the old locomotive workshop close to the railway station in Turku. Logomo combines the historical atmosphere of the industrial facility, with modern interiors and innovative space solutions. The facilities are adapted according to needs and are suitable for any event, from conferences to rock concerts, from banquets to opera.
In 1827 the Great Fire of Turku caused massive destruction, but Luostarinmäki was spared from the flames. Nowadays the old quarter and artisans of Luostarinmäki form a unique atmosphere, where time stands still. At the museum, journey in time to life of the common folk from the 1800's. The museum presents the professions of the pre-industrial era, with many different handicraft workshops located in the village.
Makasiini Contemporary gallery presents high-quality Finnish and international contemporary art, giving a platform to middle-generational artists, while highlighting young artists at the same time. Makasiini Contemporary presents approximately ten exhibitions each year and it is located in the historic magazine building designed by architect Charles Bassi in the 1830s.
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 Mathildedal Ironworks and its surrounding village, on the edge of the Teijo National Park, has a vibrant village atmosphere: red-ochre houses, ironworks buildings, history, boutiques, unique taste experiences, handcrafted products not found anywhere else, as well as magnificent nature. Live events held in the village include concerts, art exhibitions, theatre, fairs and a variety of festivities throughout the year.
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!
Merikoivula is located in Lokalahti, in a beautiful pine forest right by the sea. The fishing and holiday village offers accommodation in 7 new villas, 6 cabins as well as the original, newly renovated Holm holiday cottages. The area has its own marina with boats for hire and a grilling hut. Merikoivula also has two custom saunas - a 15-person sauna connected to the 60-person conference facility in addition to 8-person Holm seaside sauna. There are also two tennis courts, football and volleyball courts, children’s playgrounds and a fitness area.
The Metsämäki trotting track offers the thundering of hooves all year round. You can find the exact dates and start times of the racing events on the trotting track's website.
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.
Musicians of the King's Road is a professional high profile baroque orchestra and choir based in Turku. The ensemble has specialized in performing rare works by European composers. The orchestra plays on historical instruments, i.e. so called period instruments. Musicians of the King’s Road is the first Finnish early music ensemble to run regular concert activities outside Helsinki and the capital region.
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.
The local museum of archaeological and cultural history is a multifaceted day trip destination. In addition to the museum buildings, the area has the remains of the Kukkarkoski Stone Age settlement as well as the Nautelankoski nature area. The shores of the River Aura’s largest rapids have been protected as a nature reserve, which can be explored along a nature trail. In dry weather, you can cross the river by jumping from rock to rock.
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.
The archipelago is open 365 days a year. The outer archipelago of Pargas is easy to access aboard the free inter-island ferry from Nagu. You can travel all the way to the island of Utö, or stop off to visit other islands along the way. Nötö, Aspö, Jurmo and Utö are all unique, year-round inhabited islands and part of the Archipelago Sea National Park. Depending on the day and destination, you can take a day trip or stay along the way.
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.
Be led through the history of medicine, ailments and health in the Pharmacy Museum and see the presentation of an 18th Century gentry residence at Qwensel house, two museums in one that can be found in Turku centre, on the Aura riverside. Cafe Qwensel offers sweet and savoury delights as well as homemade, 18th Century-style drinks.
Visitors arriving in Turku from Helsinki are greeted by this gigantic statue outside the spa hotel Sokos Hotel Caribia. Guarding the gates of Turku since 1999, Posankka is the creation of artist Alvar Gullichsen. The love child of a marzipan pig and rubber duck is seven metres high. Of course, this makes putting on hats — a student cap on May Day and elf cap at Christmas — a bit challenging, but you just have to have a cap, now don't you?
Take an earthly pilgrimage of good will to enjoy the maritime tales and stories of Reposaari Island. Delightfully old wooden houses, a beautiful Norwegian-style hexagonal church, local fish restaurants and fascinating coastal-defence fortifications, are just some of what the island has to offer. At the other side of Reposaari Island, the shore opens up onto magnificent open sea – an ideal place to set the mind free. On the same trip, visit the rocky island of Kallo and drive through the charming village of Ahlainen.
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.
Discover the heavenly resting spots in the old churches of Turku and Kaarina: Turku Cathedral and St Michael's Church, the churches of St Catherine, St Mary and Piikkiö Church, dedicated to St Nicolas.
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.
The Ruissalo Summer Theatre is located by the sea in Ruissalo’s National Park. Performances are held in the charming Pavilion, which was built 100 years ago to host summer theatre and dances. Last summer was a great success and now, in addition to the popular Badding, the stage features a musical about another Finnish legend, Juice Leskinen, titled Viidestoista Yö!
The Ruokoranta Estate offers a reservation-only restaurant alongside sauna, meeting and accommodation facilities.The Estate is located on the serene and natural milieu of the shores of Illoinen Lake on the island of Hirvensalo, just six kilometres from Turku centre. The Estate is available all year round upon reservation! The Estate’s meeting facility has been designed especially with company board and management meetings in mind.
Saaristo-ooppera (Archipelago Opera) is a small opera company founded by opera singer Päivi Nisula. Saaristo-ooppera organises high-quality small-scale opera and musical performances throughout Western Finland and the Turku Archipelago. Saaristo-ooppera is an ambitious and versatile incubator for artistic expression, appealing to both traditional audiences as well as attracting new opera enthusiasts with a range of interesting works.
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.
Samppalinna Summer Theatre offers memorable musical experiences as well as entertaining events in a covered auditorium in the centre of Turku. The rotating auditorium at the foot of a spectacular windmill and the park setting of the theatre area can hold around 900 spectators enjoying theatre as well as food during the interval.
The Sibelius Museum is Finland's most diverse museum of music, showcasing the entire Finnish music scene. In the exhibitions the visitor can take part in the life and creative work of the Finnish composer genius Jean Sibelius, learn about the different families of instruments, and discover the history of the recording and reproduction of sound. Enjoy live music in the museum’s magnificent concert hall during the Sibbe Live! concert series. Every year the series includes about 30 concerts with a broad variety of music genres.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a summer holiday to the unique Åland Islands is a vacation abroad. Enjoy the playful spirit of the sea and the greetings from new four-legged friends, the beautiful scenery and the peace of the archipelago. Åland is the perfect place for families. Åland's 6,700 named islands and 20,000 smaller islands and islets form a fascinating archipelago world that invites you to experience the joys of its amazing food and nature.
Taivassalo’s island community of around 1600 inhabitants is located just over half an hour from Turku, where each day is different from the next. Superb services, delightful boutiques and a peaceful living environment welcome every guest. Find your piece of heaven in the serene shelters of the Hakkenpää trail, by the early morning tranquil sea or surrounding by mushrooms and berries in the nearby forests. Explore the area’s long, rich history through the medieval greystone church and the Kaitainen bridge, as well as sample the delicious Baltic Herring – a speciality of the region.
TEHDAS Theatre is an artist-driven professional theatre that was founded in 2000, whose repertoire comprises new puppetry theatre, modern drama as well as performance theatre. At TEHDAS Theatre there is the opportunity to see the latest acts from Turku's field of professional theatre.
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 archipelago city of Pargas is a piece of paradise. It is a made up of various large islands, including Iniö, Houtskär, Korpo, Nagu and Pargas, all of which are authentic places to visit. Each island has its own unique atmosphere and special characteristics. All the islands are accessible through the year, with services also available during winter. The Archipelago Trail and Small Archipelago Trail can be circumnavigated in its entirety between 14 May and 29 August 2021.
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!
Open all year round and completely free, the famous Pelle Hermanni Park is just a five-minute walk from Pori’s Market Square. Almost the size of five football pitches, it’s suitable for kids of any any age (even adults still young at heart)! In addition to the play-park, there you will also find a children's traffic park, a beach, a show garden, a frisbee golf course, animals and outdoor trails in the delta landscape of the city’s national urban park.
The Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland is one of the regional dance centres in Finland. Its key goals are development of the field, promoting the regional and social availability and accessibility of dance and increasing the level of employment among dance artists. The services offered by the Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland include various art-based welfare services, Tanssivat kortit (Dance Cards) and Tanssiva joulukalenteri (Dancing Advent Calendar).
Become enthralled by the charm of the wooden homes of Uusikaupunki. The central area of Uusikaupunki is alive with more than 600 pastel-coloured wooden homes. According to the Finnish Heritage Agency, the large area of wooden houses is one of the best-preserved Empire-style wooden towns in Finland, which still function as homes. You can even stay in the area at one of the wooden houses, e.g. at Rauha, Olga or Ruustinna. At the Wahlberg Museum, visitors can marvel at the tobacco tycoon’s intricate bourgeois home, where the silk-skirted ladies of high-society once swished under the painted ceilings almost 150 years ago. Upstairs, plunge into a whirlpool of maritime shipping. Dozens of idyllic wooden homes, courtyards and gates are opened for visitors to admire on the 4th and 5th September. At the Old Houses event, explore what fascinates you the most. Whether that’s an interest in remodelling, traditional renovation techniques, interior design or gardening, the tour of the old houses is guaranteed to be both informative and inspiring. Some locations also offer courtyard cafés and flea markets.
Theatre Emma is located on the Island of Kailo at the edge of Naantali's Old Town, approximately 16 km from Turku. Access to the island is across a beautiful footbridge from the shores of the old town in Naantali. You'll get to Naantali easily by car, by bus or by boat. By day the magnificent covered outdoor auditorium is used by Moominworld, but in the evening operates as a summer theatre for adults.
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.
Turku Art Museum's diverse and high-quality exhibitions introduce the fascinating world of art, from classical works to the latest in contemporary art. In addition to the varied exhibition programme the museum offers many other activities as well as the beautiful museum atmosphere. In cosy Café Victor you can grab a coffee, and in the summertime enjoy one of the most fantastic views over the city from the terrace.
The fortress of Turku Castle has stood at the edge of the river Aura since the 1280's. During its history it has been a defensive bastion, a majestic court, an administrative centre, a prison, a storehouse and a barracks. Nowadays the castle is a must visit tourist attraction in Finland!
Turku Cathedral is Finland's National Sanctuary. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Finland's first bishop, St Henry, the church was consecrated in 1300. The Turku Cathedral is considered to be Finland's most valuable historical monument. Housed in the church's south gallery, the Cathedral Museum takes you on a journey through history from the early 1300's.
Turku City Library is an elegant building that combines modern and classic architecture offering culture in its many forms. The library is the perfect escape from the city rush into a intellectual and artistic haven. The architecturally distinguished building offers facilities for events and exhibitions as well as several reading nooks. In addition to the many computers available, laptop users can access the wireless network.
In a prime location rising above the shores of the River Aura, the city theatre house features fascinating performances and memorable moments performed across three stages. Turku City Theatre's repertoire offers something for audiences of every type, whether that's modern drama or popular classics – and with plenty of room left for comedy! The theatre is particularly known for its impressive productions and moving musicals.
The Turku Fair Center is a versatile venue that hosts several exhibitions, fairs, parties, concerts, meetings and congresses throughout the year. However far you travel to get to the Turku Fair Center, with so much on offer for the whole family, it's well worth the trip!
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? In the middle of the museum is the Heideken exhibition showing christening gown, baptismal font, Bible, and the maternity hospital with its equipment. Please note! The museum is closed for now.
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.
Founded in 1916, Turku Open Air Theater is the oldest professional summer theater in Finland. Every summer, its 700-seat covered auditorium invites you to fun plays for the whole family in Vartiovuori park!
The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) is one of Finland's largest and oldest orchestras. The orchestra's repertoire is a diverse combination of both traditional and contemporary classical music, film scores and easy listening, church music, operatic productions as well as star performers from near and far. The Turku Concert Hall, situated on Aninkaistenmäki hill, is the orchestra's home base.
The professional youth theatre company is known for its high-class, wide-ranging repertoire. Each year, plays are produced for a variety of audiences, ranging from preschoolers to adults. The theatre is located in Turku City Centre, on the ground floor of the Old Kivipaino – the theatre house of Linnateatteri.
Vähätori square is the newest square of Turku and is found between the City Library and the Cathedral bridge. Despite its humble name Vähätori (meaning little) Square promises all-round quality. One side of the square is flanked by the old city library and on the other the River Aura, the opposite shore of which is lit up by the beauty of the Old Great Square. The third side of Vähätori is lined with restaurants and design shops including
Amidst the beautiful manor estate of Linnavuori, surrounded by a milieu of history, culture and nature, you’ll discover a museum, a location for cultural events as well as a venue for conferences and celebrations. Vanhalinna is located at the foot of the ancient Linnavuori hill, in the cultural landscape of the Aurajoki Valley, just a 10-minute drive from Turku. The idyllic manor estate of Vanhalinna is a great hiking and day-trip destination as well as a venue for banquets and conferences throughout the year.
The exhibition Spectrum – Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Art, 8 Oct 2021 – 9 Jan 2022, boasts a wide-ranging offering of contemporary art, which depicts the diversity of gender and sexuality. With this exhibition, the museum is taking a stand on equality and introducing new voices to the debate on this subject. The artworks deal with gender, identity development and experiences with discrimination, but also liberation, pleasure, intimacy and caring. Check out all the current events and exhibitions from the museum's own website!
No need to go in search of beaches further out to sea, when you can visit Pori’s Yyteri. The six-kilometre long Yyteri beach offers sun and sand along the Natura-protected dunes. However, it’s much more than a sandy beach, with golf, fat-bike hire, a climbing park as well as the spa’s Jacuzzis all waiting to be enjoyed. The extensive hiking trails offer stunning scenery and the archipelago marine life of the Bothnian Sea National Park. In Yyteri, adventure knows no limits, as unique nature and excellent services offer visitors things to do throughout the year! Discover nature in Yyteri.