What kind of city holiday in Turku is right for you? Take the test to find out.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN TURKU? A QUESTION WITH SO MANY ANSWERS, WE’VE MADE IT A LITTLE EASIER. BELOW ARE THREE DIFFERENT TURKU TRIP DESIGNS FOR THREE DIFFERENT CITY VACATIONERS. TAKE THE TEST, READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR TRIP!
1. When visiting a new destination, you first…
a) Naturally reach for the most significant, must-see attractions.
b) Want to discover what cultural offerings the city has to offer.
c) Want to know what unique and fascinating things there are to do.
2. Which of the following would you like to see in Turku?
a) Something that’s very traditional for the city.
b) A super interesting exhibition.
c) The favourite places for the locals.
3. When booking a hotel, what most influences your choice?
a) A preference for safe bets rather than flashy choices.
b) If the hotel has an interesting history or story then that’s the place!
c) Pleasure and experience definitely come first.
Most answers are (a) = Classic Tourist
Most answers are (b) = Culture Lover
Most answers (c) = Novelty Seeker
On a city vacation, you’re the type who likes the main attractions and well-known places. What better way to explore a new city than to rely on top recommendations – after all, they are classics for a reason. Which destinations have we put on Turku's must-see list, so you get a good feel for the specialties of the former capital and the mental landscape of Southwest Finland? Be our guest and explore your trip design below.
Aura Riverside: How cool is this! The living room of the locals and one of the cornerstones of Turku's national landscape, the Aura provides princely urban culture on its shores. Is this what makes Turku the Paris of Finland? You decide.
Aboa Vetus Ars Nova: Turku's exquisite museum of archeology and contemporary art is literally a palace in the city centre. In the popular museum, the ancient remains from underground excavations, left over from medieval Turku, are amazing. During the same visit, you can take a look at the impressive art exhibitions upstairs.
Pack your trip full of museums, galleries, urban culture and history. It’s pretty clear that Turku is the right address for all travelers thirsty for culture. And when you add excellent accommodation and good food to the package, you really have a captivating city escape. Here's your preliminary trip design, which includes hot cultural destinations and other things to spice up a good city holiday.
Taiteen talo: The Taiteen talo arts centre, housed in the old Rettig tobacco factory, brings together a rich artistic and cultural buzz under one roof in the heart of Turku's old town. With six different floors, the site can hold anything and everything that’s interesting, so well worth keeping in mind.
For you, a city vacation is a chance to collect a bunch of new vibes and experiences. It's perfectly okay to follow the mainstream but you need a little something special in between. There’s no place better than Turku then, where you can find fascinating surprises alongside classic attractions. We recommend this combo of old and new to fit your trip design. Inspiration incoming.
Kakola: With new life breathed stylishly into the former prison area, up on the hill you’ll find trendy cultural surprises and a diversity of services, from a sourdough bakery to a small brewery. A night in the old prison is definitely an experience, and the fact that you can also spend the night in solitary confinement is a mark of Finnish hospitality.
Walo Rooftop Bar: The rooftop bar on the top floor of the Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund is perfect for sipping seasonal drinks and sinking into the soft sofas. The stylish lounge atmosphere feels like a wonderfully luxurious change to lounging on the sofa at home.
Restaurant recommendations: Turku has the best restaurants in the country. Everyone’s taste buds will be tantalizingly tickled by the cool harbinger of vegetarian delights at Roots Kitchen in the Turku Market Hall. But chew on it and form your own opinion. Lunch on weekdays, brunch on Saturdays. Another tasty vegetarian tip: Restaurant Kuori!
Text Jemina Sormunen. Photos Terri Vahtera, Joonas Tsokkinen and Visit Turku.
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