Best Things To Do in Turku, Finland

Whether you're visiting Turku for a few days or are a localite, Turku is sure to have something new for you. Explore our guide that tells you about the best tourist places to visit and things to do in Turku. This guide will give you an idea about the popular attractions, upcoming tourist spots, and off-beat things to do in Turku. This makes it easy to plan weekends or long vacations in Turku. We have compiled this cool stuff to do in Turku keeping in mind the points of interest for families, groups, and romantic couples. Looking at the activities for adventure junkies in Turku listed here will get the blood rushing and adrenaline pumping through your veins.

Check out free places to visit in Turku which you can visit without spending a penny. Handpicked tours, day trips, and excursions in Turku will make your visit comfortable. You will also find the opening and closing time, along with the time required to cover major attractions. This will help you to have a flawless plan without much hassle. We have also included eateries in Turku recommended by locals.

Tourist Attractions in Turku

Here is the list of things to do in Turku and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Turku Castle

    Tags: Museum, Castle, Historical Site, Play

    Found in 13th Century at a time when City was not even in place and was just one of the major trading squares. Turku Castle is one of the oldest building in Finland. Situated on the banks of Aura River, this medieval building has played many a roles – a guard, an affluent palace, seat of a Government, as a prison, a warehouse and as a barrack! The castle is now also a home to a museum tha...Read more
  2. Turku Cathedral Or Turun Tuomiokirkko

    Tags: Art Gallery, Church, Religious Site, Museum

    Turku Cathedral is Finland’s national shrine and mother Church of Lutheran Church of Finland. Its religious and historical importance is such that every noon when the bells ring, they are broadcasted over the national radio! Also do visit the Museum at the Cathedral’s south gallery – an exhibition that tells the story right from 1300’s till the present time! Finish your ...Read more
  3. Turku Main Library Or Turun Kaupunginkirjasto

    Tags: Library, Architecture , Neighborhoods

    An archaeological marvel Turku Main Library is a combination of Old building and new building a beautiful fusion of old and modern architecture! New building makes use of modern day technology to make available printed and electronic versions of various books, magazines, periodicals and other collections at the Library. Arrangement of books and other forms of publication content wise and floor ...Read more
  4. Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

    Tags: Museum, Arts And Crafts, Specialty Shop

    Spend at least half a day exploring the only area in Turku that survived Great Fire in 1827 the greatest fire in Finland and in the whole of Scandinavia. Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum is an open air museum that consists of wooden houses and workshops. These buildings and blocks are still in their original locations and there is a market organized during summers where traders sell their produ...Read more
  5. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

    Tags: Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    Housed in Rettig Palace, these museums were combined in 2004 and now are one of the top attractions in Turku and in the whole of Finland as well. Aboa Vetus is a museum below ground and has on display exhibitions that talk about the City in medieval times whereas Ars Nova focuses on modern art through pictures, sculptures and sometimes even moving images.    These unique museums both ...Read more
  6. Panimoravintola Koulu

    Tags: Bar, Garden, Food And Drinks, Brewery

    Enjoy a delectable lunch at midday or hang out with friends and family during evenings or even late at night (brewery is open till 2 AM!) at the largest brewery restaurant in Finland! Brewery makes 4 regular beers and a cider, apart from seasonal brews throughout the year. If planning a visit during summer, do make it a point to visit beer garden at the brewery.
  7. Pharmacy Museum And Qwensel House

    Tags: History Museum, Cafe, Coffee House, Specialty Museum

    Whether or not you understand science and medicine, a visit to the Pharmacy museum is sure to leave you pleasantly surprised as to how the people survived without the modern day medicines. It also gives visitors a peek into the lives of upper middle class people that lived through 18th Century as the museum is housed in one of the oldest houses in Turku. Museum also has on display some of the f...Read more
  8. Turku Art Museum Or Turun Taidemuseo

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    A museum whose building is a work of art in itself! Built in 1904, it was designed by Professor Gustaf Nystrom to be constructed in National Romantic style! Since the beginning, the Museum was focused on collecting art pieces made by the leading Finnish and international artists as well! Museum now has on display approximately 6000+ wonderful pieces of art. Museum is also a proud owner of art w...Read more
  9. Flowpark Oy

    Tags: Park, Play, Adventure, Adventure Sport

    Test your skills at high rope adventure tasks and get your dose of adrenaline rush at this Adventure Park with activities that will push you beyond your comfort level! Perfect for a day out with friends and/or family with sixteen trails to be explored and approximately 100+ missions to be completed! It even has children’s trails! Only restriction this Adventure Park has for high rope adve...Read more
  10. Sibelius Museum Or Sibelius Museo

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Specialty Museum

    Only museum in Finland dedicated to Music and is named after Country’s most famous composer of all times Jean Sibelius! Main exhibition speak volumes about the history and evolution of music and its varied instruments! Museum has over 1900 music instruments, of which approximately 300 are on display ranging from European folk music to instruments procured from all over the World! Apart fr...Read more
  11. Turku University Botanical Garden

    Tags: Garden, Botanical Garden, Coffee House, Green House

    Both the gardens combined are home to over 5000 species of plants! In the greenhouse, one will find succulent and tropical plants whereas outdoor garden has plants like rose, medicinal and edible plants, rock plants and many more! Although an hour might be a good time if you are in City for a day or two and would like to catch up on other attractions, but if you are a plant lover, then a couple...Read more
  12. Archangel Michael's Church Or Mikaelin Kirkko

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Declared a Church in 1905, this Church was built in German Neo-Gothic style exterior and an Art Nouveau interior by a very famous architect of that time – Lars Sonck! It is the top choice for people when it comes to hosting weddings and private events! Main tower of the Church is approximately 77 metres high and like a lighthouse, is visible from far out at sea.
  13. Medieval Market

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Entertainment, Market, Arts And Crafts

    Be a part of Finland’s largest medieval market! It is held at four different locations - the Medieval Market at the Old Great Square, Turku Castle, Turku Cathedral and the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum. Market has a wide array of environment for all the visitors – artefacts and handicrafts, delicious food, informative lectures, guided tours and live entertainment!
  14. Abo Svenska Teater

    Tags: Historical Site, Entertainment, Theatre

    Opened in 1839, Abo Svenska Teater is the oldest theater in Finland that continues to operate even today. Located just next to the Market Square in Turku, it is a small theater ideal to attend and appreciate performing arts. Run by Åbo Svenska Teaterförening, the still-functioning theater house building is owned by Stiftelsen för Åbo Akademi. There are 3 formal stages in t...Read more
  15. Uto


    Tags: Outdoors, Island, Military Area

    Once an important military base, this remote island near Turku is one of the most visited attractions! Uto is approximately a 6 hours journey from Turku by bus and boat. Stay a day or two at this remote Island and explore the Island either on your own or take a guided tour to understand and learn about the history of this beautiful and charming Island!
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  • what is recommended to do in Turku, centric places to stay and optiones to travel by train to helsinki

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    • Here are some of the must-visit places in Turku - 

      • Turku Castle 
      • Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum
      • Turku Cathedral 
      • Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
      • Forum Marinum 
      • Botanic Garden of Turku 
      • Market at the Old Great Square

      Some of the most preferred hotels in Turku are Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Scandic Åbo, and Scandic Julia. The central area of Turku has a good combination of 3- and 4-star hotels. 

      Trains to Helsinki are easily available and take around 3 hours to reach. But for more options, I would suggest checking the official websites. 

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