LOVELY NEW BOUTIQUE NOW OPEN! At the heart of the selection from Luonkos & Friends are their award-winning natural anhydrous cosmetics from Naantali. In the bright and spacious eco-store in central Turku, you will also find products from other sustainable brands. Natural make-up and other cosmetics, ceramics, accessories, bags, home decor, jewellery, as well as changing seasonal products. Items that are sure to delight as gifts for yourself, your family or your friends. In Naantali, you’ll find Luonkos' summer boutique and factory outlet shop. Check the opening hours on our website.
What is there to do in Turku?
As the oldest city in Finland as well as the gateway to the Finnish Archipelago, Turku has plenty to keep you occupied, both on land and at sea. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, inspiring exhibitions, or natural wonders that will take your breath away, Turku has something for you.
Experience the Finnish Archipelago - the world's largest island labyrith
Turku is not just a seaside city; it’s the gateway to the Finnish Archipelago, an unparalleled natural wonder made up of 40,000 islands and counting. But here’s the thing: even if you were to visit one island every day, and lived to be 100 years old, you’d be hard-pressed to squeeze them all in. So, where do you even begin?Read more
10Bikes rents electric assisted bikes and organises guided biking tours in Turku and the archipelago. You can rent eFatbike for mtb-trails or an eCity bike for the Archipelago Trail. 10Bikes guarantees you'll have spectacular cycling experience. Join a guided eBike tour for sightseeing or cycle on pilgrim's paths - all you have to do is enjoy the ride!
Lieto offers distinctive surroundings for a cycling trip. On the tour of the six districts, you can experience the River Aura's national landscape, rich rural environment, as well as the area’s cultural history. The tour is a 61km long circular route that, for part of the way, runs along the historic Hämeen Härkätie (Ox Road) and Varkaantie routes, through villages, river landscapes and forest roads. Check out the cycling routes on the VisitLieto website.
Kayaking is a fantastic way to experience the Finnish Archipelago! During Aavameri's guided tours and courses all stress disappears and your mind is at rest. Activities are arranged most weekdays on Ruissalo, Turku and in the Archipelago National Park.
To extract every bit of joy from the summer, escape the everyday, and bring you and your companions that holiday feeling, Aavameri has created the ideal package, catering for all that’s required for a perfect summer’s day. Upon arriving on the island of Satava for the summer season, Aavameri set up a kayak and SUP-board rental point. Now interested kayaking enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to professionals, can explore the surrounding waters, whether independently or as a guided activity. The company also organises guided tours and courses.
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.
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!
The Children's Culture Center Seikkailupuisto is an activity center for children and families and it`s open throughout the year. It's a place where creativity is nurtured and energy is unleashed with art and cultural activities. In Seikkis, you can get inspired in art workshops, practise art and culture, and experience exhilarating theater performances and creative workshops. Seikkis is a place for happy togetherness and activities!
Åland will spend an entire year celebrating the 100th anniversary of self-government, culminating with Åland’s Autonomy Day on the 9th June 2022. The whole of Åland - Ålanders, tourists, organisations and companies - will take part in the celebrations. The anniversary programme features culture and interesting events to suit everybody, with exhibitions, concerts, dancing, theatre, opera and open farms all part of the festivities. If you’re planning a trip to Åland then this year, in particular, offers many good reasons to visit!
Cosy company, good food and carefree experiences in a maritime milieu! Ålandhotels have three hotels located in Mariehamn, giving you the chance to enjoy a holiday by the sea, all year round. Scandinavian style Hotel Pommern provides a magnificent setting for both tourists and business travellers. Recipient of the Nordic Swan Eco label, the Savoy Hotel offers an environmentally friendly hotel. The seaside Hotel Adlon is situated by the harbour.
Amandis is a café-restaurant and boutique hotel with the world’s best waffles, handmade entirely from scratch in its own kitchen. Waffles are available with sweet and savoury fillings. Amandis is known not only for its waffles but also for its excellent service and charming milieu. Amandis has already won the SMAKU food competition twice and has been nominated in the Finnish Travel Gala in 2019 as the travel destination of the year. In addition, the entrepreneur Annika has also received tourism’s newcomer of the year. Amandis welcomes you with open arms.
Archipelago National park - a mosaic of the sea and thousands of islands! The Archipelago National Park is located just 60 kilometres from Turku. Visitors can reach the park via Kimito and Pargas. The Archipelago National Park is one of the most species-rich regions in Finland. Visitors can also experience archipelago life and culture within the park as well as in co-operation areas outside it. The Archipelago National Park is part of the Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve established by UNESCO.
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. Entrance fee 5 euros.
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 13th time, Aura Fest celebrates next time in summer 2023, 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 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.
Avis Car Hire Turku offers car rental for every need and situation. From the fleet you'll find cars for all purposes, from passenger cars to minibuses. All of the cars are new and always kept in top condition.
The Baltic Sea Day is celebrated on the 31st 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!
Nagu's guest marina is home to a real pearl of the archipelago – bistro and bar Båthuset. The magical archipelago atmosphere will lift your summer's day to a whole new level. Båthuset's bistro offers great variety with its delicious breakfast selection, pastries and sumptuous meals. Beach Bar's range of drinks make those summer moments even more amazing.
Biketaxis will arrive on the streets of Turku by the summer of 2021. Electric rickshaws are great for touring the city's sights and surrounding areas. Bikes can accommodate 2-3 people at a time. With Biketaxi, you’ll always receive good customer service and a fabulous feeling. Biketaxi’s mission is to bring a smile to the face of every customer. Order a Biketaxi by calling +358 44 7456 777 or picking one up on the fly when in the city. Biketaxi – the most positive trend of the summer!
Founded in 1907 in a beautiful Art Nouveau building, the museum presents Finnish fauna and flora from the Turku archipelago and all the way to the mountains of Lapland. 30 different mammals and more than 140 bird species can be found in the museum's dioramas, i.e. natural landscapes. In the museum, you can see the outdoor archipelago at spring, wonder the species in the Ruissalo grove or the animals of Lapland's mountains.
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.
This nice beach by the Kakskerta lake on the Kakskerta island used to belong to the nearby Brinkhall Manor. Sandy beach is family friendly and the lake warms up faster than the sea does (which is pretty important here in Nordic Countries!)
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.
Rent a Buster, take the wheel and enjoy the water! Buster Rent hires boats in Turku, Raisio and Helsinki. The boats can be ordered to anywhere. It can be launched directly into the water, delivered on a trailer or you can pick it up and take it on your journey.
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.
In Ruissalo's charming villa restaurant in Saaronniemi you are able to enjoy refreshments and pastries as well as tasty meals and salads. Villa Saaro is located on a hill overlooking the Saaronniemi beach and camping facility.
Experience Turku and the archipelago by bike! Carfield is a bicycle rental company in Turku with over 40 rental locations around the archipelago. Carfield's range of bicycles includes high-quality hybrid bikes, trekking bikes, electric bikes and children's bikes. You are able to hire a bike from one location and return it to another. All rental locations and prices are found on the bike rental website.
Centro is a stylish, modern boutique hotel in downtown Turku, just a few steps from the market square, shops and museums. Despite its central location, Centro has a peaceful atmosphere as a result of the courtyard protection. Trendy décor, modern art and an outstanding breakfast are but a few reasons to stay at Hotel Centro.
Challenge Turku brings an international triathlon competition to Turku and the iconic Aura riverside. Even though the competition draws the world's best professional triathletes and their Finnish counterparts to challenge for victory, Challenge Turku is also an event for the whole family. There are few barriers to participation, with available distances for people of all ages and abilities!
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.
Experience the magical atmosphere of Christmas at the Old Great Square Turku on four weekends before Christmas. The Christmas Market's festive spirit, Christmas aromas, fairytales, dance, music and charming vendors’ stalls invites the whole family to the Old Great Square.
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.
Doerz helps travellers find real-life experiences with locals. Experience berry picking with Marjatta, vintage and flea market shopping with Ida or beer tasting with Tapani. See their everyday life and get to know the real locals. There's over 50 of them waiting for you in Turku!
The cultural and historical surroundings of the Cathedral Square will once again be transformed into a festival area on the last weekend of July. Down By The Laituri city festival is held in summer 2023. In addition to a great line-up of artists, the festival offers top-quality restaurant services.
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.
Ekvalla beach is situated on the Satava island. This sandy beach is a good choice for families and sun seekers as well as disabled. Whatever your physical impairment, you can have a dip as this swimming area has specially designed walkways and a wheelchair ramp into the water. Lifeguards are available during the school summer holiday period.
Come and challenge yourself in Finland's largest eco-adventure park! In Turku Flowpark, you'll find 19 tracks through the trees with more than 140 tasks that put both your balance and coordination to the ultimate test. Spend a great day having by yourself or with your nearest and dearest – you’ll find courses suitable for anyone and everyone who’s active and adventurous, whatever their age. Get high!
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.
‘Spiritual Airlines’ is a provider of experiential services, operated by the Grus Grus Theatre Association. Grus Grus Theatre is a multidisciplinary group founded in 2007, which has a nomadic life as it moves between premises, acting as a guest as well as a collaborative partner. The main purpose of the theatre association is to strengthen diversity and interaction between the different disciplines of performing arts. The association is officially bilingual in Finnish and Swedish.
In the heart of Turku is Hansakortteli (Hansa Block), a hive for diverse events on the edge of Turku's market square. Hansakortteli provides a fantastic shopping experience with many stores and specialty shops as well as a first-class department store. Comfortable restaurants and cafes offer a varied selection of cuisine. The shopping centre also houses banking and currency exchange services, a pharmacy and a doctor's surgery.
Restaurant Kultaranta, situated in the clubhouse of Kultaranta Resort, with its panoramic terrace and fully licensed bar, offers a great setting for corporate events and various celebrations. From the beginning of April to the end of October, the restaurant serves daily a truly delicious archipelago breakfast and buffet lunch. Kultaranta Heineken House has become very popular spot for evening dining. The renowned gourmet pizzas, served on stylish wooden planks, are made from only the freshest ingredients, using Kultaranta's own special tomato sauce recipe.
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.
Are you looking for a home away from home with kitchen and parking facilities near Turku city center and the harbour from one night to several months? Hiisi Homes Turku offers homes for temporary need close to Turku Castle in the growing Linnafält area. The homes of Hiisi Homes are fully furnished and well equipped.
Holiday Club Caribia's elegant rooms as well as luxurious Villa apartments offer a variety of accommodation options close to the centre of Turku. The pools of the real Caribbean lagoon, the indulging treatments of the Harmony Spa and a wide range of restaurant services ensure an experience the whole family will enjoy.
Spend an unforgettable night aboard a museum ship! The charm and milieu of a nostalgic cruise ship. Turku locals are familiar with "Nolla-Bore" (Zero-Bore) also known as the S/S Bore since it was completed in 1960 in Oskarshamn in Sweden. Today the location of the museum ship and the hostel operating within is found moored to the Aura riverside in the foreground of Forum Marinum, an ideal spot from where hostel guests can easily explore the harbour area on foot.
In partnership with the Turku Christian Institute, Linnasmäki operates throughout the year providing peaceful hostel and hotel accommodation in a beautifully natural and historic location, just four kilometres from the city centre. Linnasmäki is located in a naturally diverse environment, providing an excellent setting for enjoying recreational activities. Linnasmäki also offers high-quality meeting, party and restaurant services for groups of all sizes.
Hotel Kakola is a local and private boutique hotel located on the infamous Kakolanmäki Hill in Turku, built in the premises of the former Regional Prison. The hotel has 146 high-quality rooms, from classic regular rooms to stunning suites. The hotel has an upscale restaurant, a bar, conference and event facilities, as well as an intimate summer terrace. For the adventurous, Hotel Kakola also offers guests the chance to stay in former solitary confinement – guaranteed to be an experience. The hotel’s interesting history is reflected in the décor and ambience. Hotel Kakola is located just a stone’s throw from Turku’s harbour and Market Square.
Hotel Seaport is located next to the Swedish ferry terminals, Turku Castle and Forum Marinum. The hotel has wireless internet and the restaurant serves tasty lunch and à la carte meals. Rooms equipped for the disabled are available. Meeting rooms and packages for 2–60 people can be reserved. The local bus brings guests to the front door.
Hyppeis Värdshus hotel and restaurant is located by the sea on the Island of Houtskär, in the village of Hyppeis about 6 km from the Archipelago Trail. Hyppeis Värdshus offers a multi-sensory experience, with tranquil surroundings, comfortable accommodation and delicious local food. Built in an old village school, the hotel’s seaside location in flanked by beautiful cliffs and idyllic boat sheds.
Impivaara Swimming Centre is home to Finland's largest swimming hall and pool complex. Impivaara boasts eight different pools, three fitness rooms and a gym. At Impivaara, you'll find a range of ways for the whole family to get exercise. The entrance fee allows visitors to both swim and use the gym. Every day there are plenty of guided activities in the pools, the gyms and the fitness rooms.
Embrace the fresh sea air and new adventures just a short distance away! Åland offers a lot to experience and do for outdoor enthusiasts. Try out the unique experiences by paddling, playing disc golf, hiking or biking around the magnificent archipelago. In the Åland archipelago, more than 30 newly renovated hiking trails are just waiting to be explored, whilst the network of cycle paths is constantly being expanded. All around Åland, open nature awaits and the sea is always close at hand. The adventure is waiting for you and your family!
Ispoinen beach is located within easy reach from Turku Centre by bus number 9 or 13. Lifeguards are supervising swimming on the beach during the school summer holiday periods. Swimmers can even access the beach during the winter!
J & M Launokorpi Oy organises great archipelago tours, inspiring bike and nature trips as well as diverse cultural excursion in the Turku Archipelago and nearby areas. From what’s on offer, you’re sure to find a trip suitable for your group with the possibility to tailor a bespoke travel package if required. J & M Launokorpi Oy also has well-equipped charter buses of various sizes.
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.
Experience Turku's archipelago by boat! The beauty of Turku's archipelago is truly seen when the ropes are cast off from the quay. JetRent hires out multiple sizes of boats and jet skis for use on your own, independent archipelago adventure. Rental boats are new, well-equipped and ready waiting in the water. The homeport is the guest marina of Kaarina Hovirinta.
Is riding on a jet ski while experiencing the most beautiful archipelago in the world something of a dream? Well JetsGo makes this dream a reality by renting jet skis in the Turku region of Parainen. You can ride alone, with a friend or even in a group of three and split the cost. Jet skiing is very simple and requires no previous boating experience. Now let's go! JetsGo!
Unique to the Nordic countries, the Joki Visitor and Innovation Centre is Finland’s first regional business-to-business visitor centre. The diverse range of facilities here offer plenty of opportunities for events and celebrations of all sizes. Joki also offers interactive exhibitions and fresh perspectives throughout the year on the region’s business sector, urban development, and attractions. It’s situated in the heart of the Turku Science Park, close to the Kupittaa train station and hotel with good transport connections.
JukuPark is a paradise for the whole family just three kilometres from Turku centre! You're guaranteed a great day with many spectacular waterslides, large heated swimming pools, sunbathing areas together with saunas, shower rooms and the Pirate Island waterworld for the little ones. JukuPark’s grills, cafés, kiosk services and terraces are available all day.
The best place to have fun. Kaarina has numerous nature attractions, parks and beaches. At the newly renovated Hovirinta Beach Park, there is plenty to do by the sea, on the terrace, at the playgrounds, in the traffic park or in the sports zone. When visiting Kaarina outdoors, in addition to six beaches, there is the Linnavuori hill in Piikkiö, the Kuninkaantie road environment around Tuorla, or the rural landscapes along the outdoor trails of Lemunniemi. There are also SUP-boards or boats for hire, with kayaking trips and guided tours available as well."
The best place for experiences. 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.
The Kaskenmäki Home Concerts are musical experiences set in the atmospheric surroundings of a Jugendstil building, just by the Aurasilta bridge. "... it has the feeling of attending a party at the turn of the last century. There’s no better way to spend your Saturday night." - YLE / Kultakuume (2017) Currently, only private concerts are being held. Organise your own special group and come to enjoy a memorable musical moment! Contacts and inquiries: email@example.com
Eat well and stay comfortably! Kasnäs guests are pampered through a multifaceted programme, great service and good food. In the maritime milieu of the spa you will find non-smoking rooms where guests experience cottage ambiance on their own terrace. With many options to choose from, guests can go to the gym, relax by the pools and in the saunas, or indulge in a variety of spa treatments. Restaurant Kasnäs Paviljong is known for its delicious fish buffet, and the new summer terrace boasts spectacular sea views.
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 is held in Turku Castle Park. In 2021, Kesärauha was awarded the Festival of the Year award and it has taken its place as one of the most important alternative music festivals in Turku and Finland. At Kesärauha 2023, ticket-holders can enjoy seeing both top foreign and domestic artists.
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.
KUI Design LOCAL SHOP offers its own locally produced products as well as an evolving range including products from other small, interesting brands, originating from Turku and other parts of the world. Our Local Shop still stands for the same principles that KUI Design represented back in 2007; local producers, professionalism, joy and passion.
The 18-hole golf course, designed by Swedish golf architect Jan Sederholm, is located in the beautiful archipelago landscape of Naantali’s Luonnonmaa. The high-quality fairways of the course have been specifically designed to meet the needs and desires of the average club player. Kultaranta also offers a variety of training options. Both the 7-hole Par 3 as well as the Minigolf Arena are perfect for honing your short-game and practicing putting. Kultaranta Resort is growing at a rapid pace and is being acknowledged as Finland's most attractive golf tourism destination.
In the high-quality, stylishly Scandinavian accommodation of the Kultaranta Resort, you’ll be in the heart of nature whilst still having the clubhouse services close at hand. In the peaceful archipelago landscape, allow the mind and body to truly relax. The Luhtihotel and holiday apartments provide luxury and privacy, ideal for either work or leisure activities. The Kultaranta Resort was recently awarded the Best Golf Hotel in Finland at the 2020 hotels "Oscar Gala".
The KultaViljaset watch store is the only place in Turku authorised to service the Omega brand, as well as servicing other valuable watches. The store can be found in the centre of Turku on Humalistonkatu street, the façade displaying Omega signs and banners. The watch store also sells fully-serviced vintage watches and jewellery. Charmingly beautiful treasures from decades past have been carefully restored for use. Vintage jewellery from well-known Finnish designers as well as highly regarded Swiss watch brands are real gems of the circular economy.
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 the middle of the Kupittaa Park – a family favorite – situates a place for a good splash, too. Here you will find an outdoor swimming pool ideal for families with children. Contained in the complex are three pools all heated to a nice temperature of 27°c.
Finland's largest and oldest city park is the place for recreation in Turku. Kupittaa Park is popular with fitness buffs come summer or winter. It's the destination of choice for ice skaters in the winter, in-line skaters in the summer, skateboarders, cyclists, ballplayers and petanque enthusiasts. Pump some iron at the gym or hit the lanes at the bowling hall. Kupittaa Park also offers families with kids the popular Traffic City, Adventure Park and the Kupittaa Outdoor Pool.
Kurjenrahka National Park – nature at the edge of city culture. Take a detour from the hustle and bustle of the Turku city, for either a few hours or for a day/night trip, and immerse yourself in the nature of Kurjenrahka. Kurjenrahka gets its name from the marshland habitat of the elegant long-legged cranes, but boasts all sorts of flora and fauna, including owls in the springtime. With a good covering of snow, the ski trails even take you into the centre of the peaceful marshlands during winter.
Kustavi's summer, with its variety of events, is a magnet for tourists. The Circus Festival and the Volter Kilpi Literature Week offer a feast for culture and art enthusiasts alike in Kustavi. Villagers and visitors can take part in unique archipelago traditions, such as the raising of the midsummer pole on Midsummer's Eve. Go to the Visit Kustavi website to explore more the events calendar.
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.
The best place for an adventure. 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 an authentic 1950s rural village of four farms. The area has been inhabited since the Iron Age. You can visit the Kylämäki outside area all year round and when there are events in the village, you can also visit the buildings and see how people lived in the 1950s.
Åll about Turku – See Turku like you've never seen it before! Låna has brought modern picnic-boats to the River Aura, letting you see the city from a unique view. Take a romantic picnic ride with a loved one, spend an evening with a friend or borrow the River Aura for a meeting. Design your own adventure or let us build a special experience for your group.
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.
Liikkeelle.com gets people moving! Liikkeelle.com offers versatile fitness services as well as professional staff for promotions and trade fairs.
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.
Lintula Apartments offer unique accommodation in the wooden homes of Naantali’s old town. Beautifully renovated, well-equipped apartments and an atmospheric, sheltered courtyard with great views and comfort guaranteed. The courtyard terrace and garden furniture is a shared space for all guests of Pikku-Lintula. The little wooden homes of the Bridgettine Convent make for a unique and peaceful milieu, whilst every air-conditioned apartment is individually different, both in form and spirit.
Logomo is a centre for culture, art and the creative economy. The atmosphere of the old locomotive work-shop is unique, whether you are attending a concert, a movie, a conference or an art exhibition. Have lunch, leisurely brunch and enjoy freshly baked delicacies in the historical atmosphere of the industrial facility. Logomo is situated close to Turku city centre, the main railway station and the bus station. You can also get here by car. Pedestrian bridge provides access from the main railway station.
The harbour, shoreside restaurant and camping ground are located 75 km from Turku and 2 km from the ferry that connects to Åland. Lootholma has a guest harbour, shoreside saunas, as well as a camping ground suited for campers and caravans. The location also includes several beaches suited for swimming and a frisbeegolf course.
The Luostarinmäki museum quarter is the only district of wooden houses that survived the Great Fire of Turku in 1827. The more than 200-year-old buildings stand on their original sites, and the alleys, yards, and homes of the block form a unique environment in the middle of the city. Dive into Luostarinmäki’s colourful history from the perspective of people that used to live here. You will find the stories of schoolchildren and midwives, musicians and circus performers.
Step aboard the high-quality M/S Rudolfina and enjoy the ship’s delicious buffet, fresh sea air and stunning scenery. Rudolfina cruises to the Turku Archipelago from May to September from the Archipelago Ship Harbour of Turku (Turun Saaristolaivasatama), sailing daily out to sea as well as to Naantali in the evenings. Rudolfina is available for hire to private groups.
Magni Mundi is a Turku-based travel agency focused on domestic tourism, which offers travel packages, guided tours, travel services and walking tours, especially in Turku and in Naantali, but also throughout Finland. Magni Mundi wants to give its customers rewarding cultural experiences in architecture, history and food culture.
In Maisaari there's plenty to do for the whole family! The island is located in the beautiful archipelago of Naantali, in Rymättylä. The island caters for everyone. Whatever your interest, from yoga and tranquil retreats to nature walks, sauna and overnight trip for the whole family, the staff will help create the perfect stay.
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! Free entry!
For you – if you're looking for real results on your well-being, from fitness training as well as the development of your personal quality of life! Developed by experienced trainers, the training programmes together with functional facilities inspire you to challenge yourself, achieve your goals and set the bar higher and higher.
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.
The Moomin Shop has now arrived in Turku! The delightful little boutique is located in the Hansa shopping centre, on the first floor. Moomin Shop offers an amazing selection of lovely Moomin products for the whole family. Here you'll discover limited edition series as well as classic products. Sign up to the Moomin Community and you will get -10 % off your first purchase!
Moominworld is an enchanting blend of authentic archipelago nature and the fairytale creations of Tove Jansson. All visitors are invited to come and embrace the magic, with the Moomins' island home offering activities, attractions and experiences. The Moomin Shop and the Peculiar Café and Teahouse in Naantali’s old town are also open during Moominworld’s opening times.
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.
Exploring the sights of Naantali from the saddle of a bike is nothing but fun! Naantali’s choice of charming cycling routes range from a few kilometres to multi-day excursions. From Naantali, you have convenient access to the cycle roads of the Archipelago Trail, which connects all the way to Åland islands. Check out the selection of routes on the Visit Naantali website. Bicycle hire, whether for a few hours or several days, is also available in Naantali.
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.
Naantali Spa Hotel is an all-round sensory experience. The comprehensive range of services includes top class accommodation alongside spa & wellness, conference, restaurant and recreational services. The spa and conference hotel is located in maritime surroundings, a short walk from Moominworld and Naantali's old town.
Summer, sun and the archipelago – is there any better combination? Come to Nagu Marina for a happy summer's day at the largest and most popular harbour in the Archipelago Sea. The guest marina holds plenty of amenities for visitors as well as interesting sights within easy reach.
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.
Omena Hotel on Kauppiaskatu street in Turku is located right in the city centre, on the edge of the Market Square, close to the beautiful historic area and the River Aura. The hotel has wireless internet access and rooms with widescreen TVs, high-quality beds and comprehensive basic amenities, including microwaves and refrigerators. The Omena Hotel chain has the Key-Flag label for ‘Made in Finland’, as well as the Eco-Compass environmental certificate.
Omena Hotel Turku is located right in the heart of the city, close to the beautiful and historic areas of Turku and the River Aura. The hotel has free wireless Internet throughout. Every room comes with a wide-screen TV, high quality 5-star bed and comprehensive standard amenities, including a microwave and a fridge.
Stay in comfort at the Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa, a delightfully different hotel located in the heart of the fast growing Kupittaa area of Turku. This vivid, timeless, and distinctly stylish hotel is already a popular choice. You can easily find the hotel near Kupittaanpuisto, next to the Kupittaa train station. The hotel's facilities are complemented by the cosy and cheerful Bistro Elli, the Deli 24/7 as well as the Kuppis Rooftop Bar.
Looking for a spot of privacy in the heart of Turku, close to all activities on offer in the city? An oasis to return to after a day of work or a sensory adventure overload? Book a room at Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund! It is a completely renewed urban hotel. An ideal choice for solo travelers enjoying life, couples on staycation, groups of friends, as well as families with children.
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.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Paavo Nurmi Marathon will take over the streets of Turku from 19th-20th August. Distances available to run at the two-day event include the 5 km, 10 km, half marathon, and marathon, as well as a Mini-marathon for the little ones in the family. The courses for this year have been renewed, with routes traversing the beautiful archipelago scenery of Turku.
Pähkinäinen Island in Rymättylä is a mix of lush green hazel groves and rugged rocky shoreline. The island is a nature reserve with beach, sauna, café and a guest harbor combining perfectly for the warmest of welcomes. The island's unique clubhouse has three rooms upstairs for overnight stays. You can reach Maisaari via inter-island ferry from Rymättylä. There is also a guest harbour for visitors arriving by boat.
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.
Park Hotel is a nostalgic, 20-room hotel right in the centre of Turku, on the edge of the beautiful Puolalanpuisto Park. Originally built in 1902 as a private villa, the art nouveau building is Finland's first boutique hotel. All services are close by, and just a stone's throw from the hotel are the Market Square, the main train and coach stations, as well as the Logomo cultural venue. The hotel reception is open 24 hours a day, serving customers in person and by telephone.
The Qwensel House is the oldest remaining wooden building in Turku, featuring a bourgeois home from the 18th century and a pharmacy from the 19th century. In the Qwensel House, you can explore this period in Turku and the life of the family of Qwensel’s most famous resident, Joseph Pipping, the father of Finnish surgery. The Pharmacy Museum’s storefront houses the oldest remaining pharmacy interior in Finland, dating back to 1858.
The Port of Turku has excellent connections to Scandinavia and Europe. There are four daily departures in both directions on the route between Turku and Stockholm carrying nearly 3,5 million passengers annually and 10,000 daily. The Port of Turku is easily accessible by bus and by train. There is plenty of parking for those arriving by car.
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?
PUF is an inspiring, collaborative and lively design market open throughout the year. PUF, covering 200 m2 of space, brings together Finnish design's most fascinating creators. The simple yet beautiful, inspiring environment captures the imagination and encourages visitors to consume responsibly. On display are designs from several established names as well as domestic brands.
A peaceful hotel on the banks of the River Aura. Guests will be pampered with the hotel's high standard rooms and conference facilities as well as the breathtaking views of the river. Also suitable for families! On the ground floor in the stylish lounge bar and terrace, customers can enjoy high quality grilled food made from the freshest ingredients in the innovative Grill It! Marina restaurant.
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.
The legendary Ruisrock is one Finland's leading and oldest cultural events. This music festival, organised in Turku's Ruissalo, is known for its wonderful, maritime event milieu and magical atmosphere. The festival gathers a unique line-up of internationally known big stars and top domestic artists on the beach, in addition to a lively festival audience. The festival, which has sold out often over the years, offers experiences, friendship, and happiness for the 52nd time this year.
Ruissalo Boatyard provides a magnificent setting for any seaside meeting or celebration. Tenlén BBQ & Smokery and summer restaurant Zaké Pizzeria & Wine Bar offer hungry visitors mouth-watering choices. You can enjoy the repertoire of Linnateatteri at the Summer Theatre, and events such as Turku Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, Turku Music Festival, Veneet Esillä boat expo and Airisto Classic Regatta. Event facilities for up to 500 people. Ask us about our conference facilities!
At the Ruissalo Camping area you can stay in Ruissalo on the outermost tip of the island. This well-equipped camping and caravan area has a beach, sauna, a convenience store, indoor accommodation and various other amenities, including hot showers and laundry facilities. With mini-golf, volleyball, badminton and basketball courts, fitness trail, playgrounds and a cafe-restaurant, Ruissalo Camping has everything to meet even the most demanding traveler's expectations.
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.
Situated in the beautiful nature of Ruissalo Island, Ruissalo Spa Hotel provides a stunning setting for holidays, rehabilitation and conferences, offering diverse treatment, restaurant and recreational services. The spa's comprehensive treatment options range from traditional spa therapies to massages and beauty treatments. From the sauna, dive into the warm pools or step outside into magnificent archipelago nature.
For the summer of 2023, the Summer Theater will move to an even nicer and more versatile place, the legendary Uittamo Paviljonki! Two different musicals are played in the theater this summer: The Swan Song musical and the Kirka musical. The Swan Song musical tells a wonderful story of Olli Lindholm, Jussi Hakuli and the band Yö. Premiere is 11.7. In addition, last summer's successful Kirka musical will return to the repertoire this summer.
Restaurant Maininki in Ruissalo offers a fantastic setting for enjoying a summer lunch or dinner, either indoors or on the new sunny terrace. The magnificent view of the sea is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful in the city. We smoke our salmon ourselves and Maininki’s salmon soup is found on our menu all summer long. We also offer unforgettable group packages for you and your party. Maininki’s Boat Menu begins with a Jokitaxi taking you along the River Aura to Ruissalo, where you then enjoy a delicious meal, before returning by taxi to the centre of Turku. With the Driver Menu, both the outbound and return journeys are on land and all you need do is be at the agreed location for taxi pickup.
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.
SaariTours is a reliable tour operator that serves, listens and advises when it suits you. With years of experience and professionalism, SaariTours organizes both group and individual trips. Only the most skilled guides in the archipelago, the most interesting places to visit and the most popular places to have lunch and coffee.
The swimming beach at Ruissalo is a popular place for many locals. Upon arrival at the tip of the peninsula, you really feel you have reached the archipelago. The beach at Ruissalo's campsite area is accessible from the city centre via the number 8 bus. Lifeguards operate at the beach during the summer holidays.
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.
The happy atmosphere of the Samppalinna swimming stadium is a summer oasis for Turku residents at the city centre. The main attraction is the 50-metre pool and diving tower, overlooking the rooftops of the city. For little children, there’s even a separate shallow pool and small slide. Sun-seekers will find plenty of sunbathing areas around the stadium, as well as a café.
The funniest musical of summer 2023! 9 to 5: The Musical The Finnish premiere of Dolly Parton’s Broadway favourite! The hilarious and action-packed musical set in the early ‘80s tells the story of three women’s surprising friendship and how in the end, anything is possible for them – even in the conservative business world run by men. This musical shows you how things get done when women take charge – not forgetting humour, action and excitement. The musical comedy stars Niina Lahtinen, Pihla Pohjolainen and Heljä Heikkinen. Samppalinna Summer Theatre is the largest professional summer theatre in Finland, and all of this is accompanied by the fantastic live orchestra. Performances will run from 17 June to 12 August. Get your tickets now! The musical is in Finnish.
Hotel Scandic Atrium provides a wonderful atmosphere in a central location. Enjoy your stay, rest-assured of a good night sleep. There is plenty of parking for guests traveling by car. A care-free stay and a sumptuous breakfast – even the little ones will enjoy!
The iconic Hamburger Börs has been serving guests next to the Market Square of Turku’s city centre, since 1894. Recently renovated with style and sophistication, the hotel will reopen in late 2021. The new Hamburger Börs offers peaceful accommodation in a new and modern building, with spacious, beautifully decorated, air-conditioned rooms. The hotel also offers a wide range of restaurants and a unique setting, with state-of-the-art technology for meetings, parties and family events.
Julia provides a great location right in Turku centre. The modern rooms are equipped with individual air conditioning and some have a private sauna. Rooms are also available for physically impaired guests. Bistro Julienne offers culinary indulgence with its traditional French cuisine. Customer parking is located in the same facility.
In Scandic Plaza, guests stay right in the middle of downtown Turku. The hotel building, designed by Erik Bryggman, is a beautiful example of functionalist architecture. High quality rooms, an inviting menu and a friendly service right at the heart of the pedestrian high street.
The Mylly Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre in Southwest Finland. At Mylly you’ll find 150 shops and services just a 10-minute drive from the centre of Turku. Mylly is easily accessible. Either take the car and park for free or leave it at home and hop on a bus – they run every 15 minutes from the centre of Turku to the doors of Mylly. Mylly offers the most comprehensive selection of shops and businesses in the region. While shopping, you can also enjoy one or more of the 20 restaurants and cafés. Welcome to Mylly – we have it all!
Shopping Centre Skanssi is conveniently located just off the motorway towards Helsinki. Whether travelling by car and using the free parking hall, or arriving by foot, Föli bike or bus direct to the door, the city congestion is avoided. At Skanssi, you'll find everything from local specialities to international fashion from a selection of over 90 stores.
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.
Silja Line cruise ferries Galaxy and Baltic Princess offer two daily departures on Turku-Stockholm route. Travel comfortably admiring the breathtaking sea views, enjoy excellent delicacies and entertainment. Silja Line offers something for every taste! Silja Line's modern ships offer also a wide range of shopping possibilities with tax free prices.
Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone is an elegant and active boutique hotel in the centre of Turku. A classic full of surprises, brought from the 1920s to the modern age. Let the hotel pamper you, with care and consideration. Welcome and enjoy!
Åland is a real treasure island for anyone with an interest in pure, locally sourced foods and a longing for that which is simple and authentic. If you are searching for a unique experience in a genuine archipelago environment, you have arrived at the right place. Take a tour of Åland and follow your curiosity and instinct. You’re sure to end up somewhere fascinating, like a summer café, a small bakery, a craft workshop, an art exhibition or even a flea market in an old barn!
Hike from one island to the next through the world’s most beautiful archipelago. Your journey starts from Turku Cathedral, passes through the archipelago and Åland, before continuing all the way to Trondheim in Norway. Surrounded by the rich and diverse nature of the archipelago, take an historic journey, on which hikers and locals meet. Your journey spans almost 1,200 kilometres. You can walk the route for a few hours, several days, or a few weeks. Design your own trip and book an overnight stay or other services via the digital maps. The St. Olav Waterway is part of the official Saint Olav Ways, a network of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
Step aboard the steamship s/s Ukkopekka and enjoy the atmosphere on the memorable archipelago cruises! On summer nights, the ship heads to Loistokari Island for charming Entertainment and Evening cruises. On Loistokari sits an old lighthouse cottage, where Akka and Ukko live. Their smoked fish and flame-grilled delicacies are served to the guests of the s/s Ukkopekka. The cruises are suitable for individuals, couples, families and groups.
Located in the Hansa Shopping Centre at the heart of Turku, Stockmann is an important meeting place for both Turku residents and tourists. In the department store you will find a modern and diverse selection of fashion, cosmetics and domestic products. Be sure to check out the services of the professional fashion and cosmetics consultants. Come to Stockmann for shopping inspiration!
Launched in the spring of 2017, the Storbåt Tacksamheten is a sailing boat crafted using traditional methods and materials. Tacksamheten's home port is Nagu in Pargas. From here the boat makes regular sailing trips during July, as well as on request throughout the sailing season (May-October). The programme for the sailing season can be found on the boat's website.
This summer, the Taiteen talo arts centre organises several art events and courses, in addition to summer camps for kids. Housed in a former tobacco factory, the centre also holds exhibitions on the second floor of the building, which are open daily from 11am to 6pm. At the beginning of March, Taiteen talo’s first artists moved into the old Rettig factory at the heart of Turku’s old town. The studios of 43 visual artists from The Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation are located on the third and fourth floors of the main building.
SuperPark Turku is an indoor sports activity park for the whole family. At SuperPark you'll find enthralling amusements and "moving" experiences all year round. The indoor activity park is located under the same roof as the Caribia Spa Hotel complex. SuperPark Turku invites you to play, adventure, test your skills or just relax with our diverse range of activities. With a wristband you can move about for the whole day.
Taattisten tila – farmstead B&B and art experiences in the idyllic countryside of Merimasku. Taattisten tila farmstead B&B combines the hospitality of a traditional farmhouse with a carefree atmosphere and stunning archipelago nature. The farm’s colourful history dates back to the 16th century and now houses a B&B and artist’s residence. The farm is well connected along the Archipelago Trail in Naantali’s beautiful archipelago. Stay in the historic courtyard buildings or the atmospheric log cabins in the nearby forest. Breakfast consists of food grown on the farm and sourced from local producers. Spend time on the farm breathing deeply, relaxing in a hammock shaded by lilac trees, or be active exploring the nature trail, paddling on the lake or watching the animals in the yard. The summer programme includes food and art events, information and updates for which are found by visiting the Taattisten tila website.
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.
"Low & Slow - deep southern flavours with Finnish attitude." At Tenlén's smokehouse, the traditional Finnish tar of the shipyard is combined with American slowly smoked BBQ food. Southern Pride smokers guarantee the most tender and juiciest meats in the entire country. The diverse menu also includes delicious fish and vegetable delicacies as well as tasty burgers. An extensive and high-quality wine list always offers a new experience. Even the most demanding wine lover will find something to suit their taste, as well as some popular and familiar labels.
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 13 May and 4 September 2022.
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!
Every day is a day for dancing at the Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland! The Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland (LTA in Finnish) is one of seven regional dance centres across the country. The LTA facilitates and coordinates the employment of dance professionals in various capacities, as well as the availability and accessibility of dance art in the regions of Southwest Finland and Satakunta. Operations are based on critical areas of responsibility and sustainability, as well as awareness of the constantly changing operating environment. Areas of operation are: 1. Artistic dance 2. Services 3. Cultural policy The office of the Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland is located in Turku at Itäinen Rantakatu 64b, House C, in the historic milieu of the Manilla building. In addition, next door to our office, our Studio practice hall serves the region’s dance artists and communities, as well as other users of Manilla.
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 Amanda, 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 3rd and 4th 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.
Tourists can find Visit Turku’s Tourist Information at the Monitori by the Market Square. The tourist information office there provides expert advice and suggestions all year round. The tourist office also sells tickets and makes reservations for shows at the Turku City Theatre, concerts by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Turku Music Festival, and in the summer time for Emma theater. At the tourist office, you can also buy tickets for winter swimming at Ruissalo's Saaronniemi. Welcome - you will find us on the corner of the market square, in the Market Square Monitori!
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 mighty Turku Castle has guarded by the River Aura since 1280`s. The castle`s high gray stone walls hide many unique moments from history. During its history, the castle has been defended, the command holders have changed, and during Duke Juhana's time, the castle became a scene of court life.
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.
On Turku Day the whole city celebrates! In 2022, Turku Day will be celebrated on Sunday, September 18th, and there will be plenty of festivities for the whole weekend. The weekend program invites lovers of music, dance, sports and history all to join in on the celebration.
Almost 200 events are held at the Turku Fair Center every year. Turku Fair Center offers functional facilities for trade fairs, exhibitions, meetings and congresses. The versatile Festo restaurant is a popular party venue. We provide also technical fair-related services.
Experience the summer magic and arrive to Turku by boat where Turku Guest Harbour warmly welcomes one. The unique location of Turku's Guest Harbour on the banks of the River Aura allows you to arrive right into the city centre. Turku is like Finland’s Paris, drawing its life and vibrancy from the river flowing through. We recommend visiting Restaurant NOOA, with its café and terrace, located right by the harbour office.
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.
In need of information regarding bus routes and timetables in the Turku region? Perhaps you would like to buy a tourist's travel ticket? The Föli public transport tickets for the Turku region are valid throughout Turku, Kaarina, Raisio, Lieto, Naantali and Rusko. A flat rate exists throughout the area meaning that the price is the same regardless of journey length. Föli Service Office: Monitori Market Square, Aurakatu 8, 20100 Turku
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 Market Square is the heart of the city! The construction work of the Market Square will be completed in the summer of 2022, creating space for market sales, events and leisure activities. The new Market Square and its pavilion buildings attract city dwellers and tourists to enjoy the beautiful city.
Turku's National Urban Park comprises 15 kilometres of green space, cultural history and the rural landscapes of the River Aura valley. The urban park begins at the living history of Kurala Village and continues through Finland’s oldest city centre out to the oak groves on the island of Ruissalo, all the way to the shores of the Airisto Sea. The national urban park is formed from the heart of Turku – the birthplace for city culture within Finland.
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.
Experience nostalgic boat cruises aboard an old wooden boat. M/S Tuula II makes historic cruises between the archipelagos of Turku and Kaarina. The Tuula II waterbus cruises during summer from Turku past the island nature of Hirvensalo and Ruissalo, as well as the ruins of Kaarina's Kuusisto Castle. From Kaarina’s Hovirinta beach, you can join an island tour of Kuusisto and connect to Pargas.
Turku's Urheilupuisto is located in the Turku city centre, on the east bank of the Aura. This extensive parkland holds an enormous number of places to exercise, all year round. In addition to the Paavo Nurmi Stadium, the park boasts such things as the Karikon lenkki running track, tennis courts, basketball courts, a volleyball court, an artificial turf playing field and frisbee golf course. In the winter months, there's a skating field.
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.
It’s time to get on your bike! A slice of Finland's most beautiful archipelago is right at your fingertips - and no need to worry about a boat or ferry timetables. Traverse the entire 50-kilometre route in one go or take your time enjoying the archipelago atmosphere. The Velhovesi Ring Road takes you through the northern archipelago of Uusikaupunki, around the freshwater basin. The length of the main route is about 50 km. On this route you can cycle from one island to another, for example on an electric bike, available to rent from the Uusikaupunki Tourist Office. Along the way, stay in charming accommodation, take a dip in fresh lakes or sea waves, rest in the peaceful scenery or explore the village shops. Read the stories about the centuries-old Velhovesi from a brochure or via your mobile phone.
Located in the Airisto, Vepsä is Turku's very own recreational area. The island is a perfect day trip destination and is serviced by waterbuses from Turku on a daily basis. The island has a safe swimming beach, mini-golf course, a cafe-restaurant, as well as saunas, boats and canoes to hire. There are also plenty of charming lodgings available for those desiring a longer stay.
Disembark from the journey of daily life and step aboard for a day or a little longer – the choice is yours. There is a great range of entertainment to enjoy on board, as well as delicious food, spa treatments and tax free shopping, all wrapped up in the beautiful Archipelago scenery. Ships depart daily from Turku, with the Amorella leaving in the morning and the Viking Grace in the evening. Welcome aboard!
Villa Wolax is a private boutique hotel and a restaurant in Kuusisto, Kaarina. The hotel functions for various kinds of meetings, parties and corporate events throughout the year. In the summer, the beach bar and the guest marina are serving daily, and not to forget all the various activities such as rentable SUP boards and events. Just a half an hour drive from Turku centrum and you are in the middle of the most beautiful archipelago!
At Villa Wolax, on Kuusisto in Kaarina, you can enjoy a variety of activities all year round. You can enjoy the beautiful Turku Archipelago by paddling on a SUP board and when the water is ice-free, there are also guided sailing trips on Soling Classic Olympic-class sailboats. For those interested for a little more speed, we recommend a tour of the archipelago in a fast RIB boat. Ask for charter tarnsport also. There are also a wide range of activities for groups!
Turku City Art Museum WAM displays exhibitions presenting contemporary local and international art. WAM’s Museum Shop provides a diverse range of books and gifts. Enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch at Cafe Wäinö after touring the exhibition. See the exhibitions wam.fi
World Masters Orienteering Championships 2024 is held in Turku! Turku offers a wide variety of excellent terrains for masters. Event center, sprint races and award ceremonies are all in walking distance from accommodations. Turku is known for its instagrammable architecture, modern restaurants, lively riverside and beautiful archipelago. Elämys DMC is the official travel partner of the event. Accommodation packages for online booking here https://elamysevents.fi/WMOC_2024?:id=WMOC_2024#/search/event
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.
Zaké Pizzeria & Wine Bar operates in Ruissalo Boatyard during the summer season. In charge of the kitchen for the fifth summer in a row is Davide Sindoni, the Finnish Pizza Master of 2017. In addition to artisanal pizzas, Zaké’s atmospheric hall and spacious pier terraces serve delicious salads, Italian antipasti and a changing array of pasta dishes for lunch. The Zaké Wine Bar completes the dining experience, indulging those enthusiastic about high-class wines. The Zaké wine cellar features eight shelves of quality wines from Italy and other Mediterranean countries.