Turku is a city in the Southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of Aura River and it is a thriving city with a rich cultural heritage, a vibrant history and some of the most forward-looking people. Turku is Finland's oldest town and is considered to be a gateway to the West. Today, Turku is a vibrant modern city boasting medieval cobblestone streets, old sailing ships, museums, castles, cathedrals, festivals, events, music, theatre, art and design.
The best way to get a taste of the culture and lifestyle of one of Europe's oldest towns is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Turku, which include a tour of the scenic riverside, steamship cruise around the various local islands, the iconic Turku Castle, Panimoravintola Koulu, Flowpark Oy, Turku University Botanical Garden and the Medieval Market. Turku is also home to numerous museums like the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Pharmacy Museum, Turku Art Museum, Sibelius Museum, Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, Museum Ett Hem, Kylämäki Village of Living History and cathedrals like The Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's Church. Other top things to do in Turku include visiting the Cosmic Comic Café, Flow Park, Viikinkiravintola Harald, The Old Great Square and the Kustö - Kuusito Castle. The cultural life of Turku has much to offer to its visitors, ranging from numerous museums, art galleries, theatres and concert halls to castles, cathedrals and outdoor activities like kayaking and hiking. Turku also hosts various internationally renowned festivals, the most famous of which are oldest rock festival in Europe, Ruisrock and the Turku Music Festival which attracts internationally acclaimed classical musicians every year. With such an exciting itinerary, it is a must for every avid traveller to visit Turku at least once.