The Best Things To Do in Turku

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.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Turku, Finland

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  1. Turku Castle

    #1 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Turku Castle

    Tags: Museum, Castle, Historical Site, Play

    Address: Linnankatu 80, 20100 Turku, Finland

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 Rive...Read more

  2. Turku Cathedral Or Turun Tuomiokirkko

    #2 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Turku Cathedral Or Turun Tuomiokirkko

    Tags: Art Gallery, Church, Religious Site, Museum

    Address: Tuomiokirkonkatu 1, 20500 Turku, Finland

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 broadc...Read more

  3. Turku Main Library Or Turun Kaupunginkirjasto

    #3 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Turku Main Library Or Turun Kaupunginkirjasto

    Tags: Library, Architecture , Neighborhoods

    Address: Linnankatu 2, 20100 Turku, Finland

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  4. Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

    #4 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

    Tags: Museum, Arts And Crafts, Specialty Shop

    Address: Vartiovuorenkatu 2, 20101 Turku, Finland

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 ai...Read more

  5. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

    #5 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

    Tags: Museum, Educational Site, Tourist Center, Exhibition

    Address: Itainen Rantakatu 4-6, 20700 Turku, Finland

    Timings: 11:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  6. Panimoravintola Koulu

    #6 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Panimoravintola Koulu

    Tags: Bar, Garden, Food And Drinks, Brewery

    Address: Eriksgatan 18, 20100 Abo, Finland

    Timings: 11:00 am - 11:59 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

  7. Pharmacy Museum And Qwensel House

    #7 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Pharmacy Museum And Qwensel House

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

    Address: Lantinen Rantakatu 13, P.O. Box 286, 20101 Turku

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 giv...Read more

  8. Turku Art Museum Or Turun Taidemuseo

    #8 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Turku Art Museum Or Turun Taidemuseo

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Address: Aurakatu 26, 20100 Turku, Finland

    Timings: 11:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  9. Flowpark Oy

    #9 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Flowpark Oy

    Tags: Park, Play, Adventure, Adventure Sport

    Address: Skanssinkatu 10, 20730 Åbo, Finland

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    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 frien...Read more

  10. Sibelius Museum Or Sibelius Museo

    #10 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Sibelius Museum Or Sibelius Museo

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Specialty Museum

    Address: Biskopsgatan 17, 20500 Turku, Finland

    Timings: 11:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  11. Turku University Botanical Garden

    #11 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Turku University Botanical Garden

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

    Address: Ruissalon puistotie 215, Turku 20100

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 plan...Read more

  12. Archangel Michael's Church Or Mikaelin Kirkko

    #12 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Archangel Michael's Church Or Mikaelin Kirkko

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Allegatan 16, 20100 Abo, Finland

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 pe...Read more

  13. Medieval Market

    #13 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Medieval Market

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

    Address: Vanha Suurtori 3, 20500 Turku, Finland

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm Details

    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 N...Read more

  14. Abo Svenska Teater

    #14 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Abo Svenska Teater

    Tags: Historical Site, Entertainment, Theatre

    Address: Eriksgatan 13, 20100 Abo, Finland

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 06:00 pm Details

    Founded in 1839, Abo Svenska Teater is a Finnish-Swedish theatre - the oldest theatre in the Country!

  15. Uto

    #15 of 46 Things To Do in Turku
    Uto

    Tags: Outdoors, Island, Tour, Military Area

    Address: Turku, Finland

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 remo...Read more

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  • Luostarinmäen käsityöläismuseo

    Vartiovuorenkatu 2

    Museums
  • Konstföreningen i Åbo-Turun Taideyhdistys ry

    Aurakatu 26

    Museums
  • Turun kaupunki museokeskus

    Kalastajankatu 4

    Museums
  • Turun linna

    Linnankatu 80

    Museums
  • Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

    Itäinen Rantakatu 4-6

    Museums
  • Forum Marinum

    Linnankatu 72

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  • Jukupark Vesipuisto

    Kurrapolku 1

    Amusement Parks Restaurants
  • Mörön Talo

    Amusement Parks
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  • Anniskelukahvila Tiirikkala

    Linnankatu 3

    Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses International
  • Rento Bar

    Yliopistonkatu 23

    Restaurants Bars
  • Ravintola Blanko

    Aurakatu 1

    Asian International Bars
  • Ravintola Proffan Kellari

    Rehtorinpellonkatu 6

    Bars
  • Laivaravintola Papa Joe

    Bars
  • Bar Toimisto

    Kaskenkatu 3

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  • Potti Turku Varissuo

    Littoistentie 81

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  • Kultaranta

    Beaches
  • Raisionranta

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  • Kupittaan Keilahalli

    Kupittaankuja 1

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Nunnavuoren palloiluhalli

    Piiparinpolku 22

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  • Paavo Nurmen Stadion

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Parkin ulkosählykenttä

    Tuureporinkatu 2

    Stadiums and Arenas
  • Kerttulan liikuntakeskus

    Kisakatu 3

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  • Liedon työ- ja elinkeinotoimisto

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  • Posankka

    Gardens
  • Inkisen Puutarha

    Mäntysaarentie 14

    Gardens
  • Askalan Palvelutalo

    Kaptenskanpolku 1

    Gardens
  • Lystilän Puutarha

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  • Boardsport Turku

    Linnankatu 33

    Surfing
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