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About Turku


- located in the region of Southwest Finland, one of Finland’s biggest cities

Turku, the oldest city of Finland, founded in 1229, is today the dynamic capital of its region, Southwest Finland, an exciting mixture of old and new. Turku is proud of its strong community spirit, innovation, and close cooperation with the institutes of higher education.

Turku has a compact size, perfect for exploring the city. You’ll find most hotels, restaurants, and attractions within walking distance of the centre. If you have a chance, visit also the unique and beautiful Turku archipelago!

Discover Turku

Modern, yet historic

Turku, the former capital of Finland, lies 165 kilometres west of present-day capital Helsinki. Turku offers a skilled and educated workforce, modern municipal engineering, good international connections and flexible services for companies and businesses.

Situated at the mouth of the River Aura, Turku is a major port city today.

Turku is known as a bilingual city; around five percent of the population is Swedish-speaking. A great portion of Turku residents are students: every fourth person is either student or professional in higher education institute.

Urban life is focused around the river, and some of the most interesting sights are located on its banks, such as the Turku Castle, Finland’s national shrine the Turku Cathedral, and the Old Grand Market Square.

Getting around

Within Turku and its neighbouring areas, you can get around in many different ways. Public transport in the Turku region is provided by Föli’s bright yellow buses. Journeys can be paid using a travel card, cash or a mobile ticket. A single ticket costs only 3 € and lets you travel for two hours, allowing you to change bus as many times as you like.

You’ll find more information about the local buses on the Föli website.

What could be a more convenient way to go on an adventure around the city than a bike? The Turku region’s public transport service, Föli, introduced in spring 2018 the new Föli-bikes, and nowadays it’s impossible not to come across these yellow bikes when moving about the city.

The city bike-share system consists of bikes that are for public use for short-term use and which can be picked up and dropped off at bike stations around the city, so you can drop off the bikes wherever you go. Instructions for registering as well as using the bikes can be found on the Föli website.

Combine culture and outdoor recreation!

Cultural exercise routes located around the Aura river are a refreshing combination of culture and exercise. Take your time and explore Turku and its love stories, statues and urban legends. You can walk, run or cycle, the choice is yours.

See and do in Turku

Turku facts

  • one of the largest cities in Finland
  • the first school in Finland was established in Turku, the old Cathedral school in the 13th century
  • two universities and four university of applied sciences
  • 40 000 higher education students
  • more than 100 nationalities
  • declared the Food Capital of Finland
  • surrounded by a unique archipelago of thousands of islands and skerries

What else to do in Turku?

Explore the interesting mix of urban city culture in Turku and the uniqueness of the breathtaking Archipelago with its 40 000 islands.

Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011, is a vibrant and modern city full of life and activities with a compact size and easy walking distances. Feel the city spirit by walking along the banks of Aura River, the heart and soul of Turku, and visit the Riverboat restaurants along the river shores.

The city is also a must visit place for foodies and is gaining reputation for its splendid restaurant scene – all the way to the point of referring to the city as being the Food Capital of Finland. Furthermore, do not miss to try some local delicacies in the over 120 year old Market Hall.

The city also offers a great number of interesting museums as for instance the Luostarinmäki, with its old wooden houses, and the Aboa Vetus Ars Nova museum where you’ll find both ruins of the medieval Turku as well as contemporary art. Turku also hosts a good number of exciting events such as Ruisrock,which is the oldest rock festival in the Nordic Countries, and the Medieval Market, which takes place at the Old Great Square and along the Aura River banks annually in the end of June. The famous Moomins also live in this region; the Moominworld in Naantali is located only 16 kilometers from Turku.

Just outside Turku you’ll find a breathtakingly beautiful and the world’s largest Archipelago, with around 40.000 islands – a spectacular area for various kinds of island hopping excursions with boat, car or by bike. Also, do not miss to explore the closest island to Turku; Ruissalo, which can easily be reached by waterbus from the Aura River during the summer season. Do as locals – bring some local picnic delicacies with you and head to the pure nature of Ruissalo.

See and do in Turku