Plan a trip to Turku (Swedish: Abo), the oldest City in Finland that was once capital of Finland and an important trade centre! Founded around 13th Century and remained a powerhouse until 1812, when Helsinki took over as Finland’s capital. Even today, Turku is an important hub for business, education and culture, not to mention one of the top tourist destinations in Finland and Nordic region! Turku, like rest of Finland, is bilingual and has Finnish and Swedish as its official languages.
Turku is a cultural gem with so many museums, galleries and old villages being preserved for the locals and tourists to visit and understand lifestyle of people who lived here centuries ago! Best time to visit Turku is around summer as the weather is perfect to explore the city and attractions and to make the most of City’s various festivals and a chance to take the biking trip on one of the most popular cycling routes in Finland!
Some of the top attractions and a must visit while in Turku are - Turku Castle, Turku Cathedral, historical museum - Kylamaki Village of Living History, Archipelago Trail, Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, Abo Svenska Teater and many more! Of the many museums in the City, there is one that is dedicate to Music and one of the most famous composers - The Sibelius museum!
These important attractions along with various National and International festivals like Ruisrock, Turku Jazz and Medieval Market have made sure that tourism in Turku is ever increasing! Apart from being Finland’s oldest City, it is also home to contemporary shopping markets, swanky restaurants and cafes and pulsating nightlife!