Official language: Finnish, Swedish
Time zone: UTC+3 (summer), UTC+2 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
The first University in Turku was established in 1640. It was funded by Swedish Queen Christina from the house of Vasa, that was then just a 14-years old girl. Swedish is operational language at university.
Turku since its beginnings has been a very important trade centre, of which indicate even its name. It comes from a word “tǔrgǔ” that means market in Old Russian.
In the city’s centre enter Turku Kauppahalli – it’s a market, where you can buy not only fresh fishes, fruits or vegetables, but also souvenirs from the city.
The oldest town in Finland. We know that its area was already inhabited in the Bronze Age. Due to its location at the mouth of the river Aura, since the 8th century Turku has been the important port city. It was there where life and trade was blossoming and fertile soils allow gathering rich harvest. Turku was the country’s capital from Middle Ages till the beginning of the 19th century.
The castle Turunlinna will fascinate everyone. Built in 1280, later on it was many times renovated. It remains the oldest known castle in Finland. Apart from the museum of the city’s and the country’s history, you can visit there castle rooms and even dungeons.
It is also worth to step by another unique place - Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum. In 1827 almost whole city was destroyed in a fire. The only district that survived was Luostarinmäki, situated on a small hill. Today it is the complex of 18 buildings. You can visit post office, stable, cotton mill, bakery and houses from the 19th century. Thanks to surrounding green areas, it is a lovely place for a walk. Whereas by the river, at Läntinen Rantakatu street, there is a 19th century pharmacy full of drugs from that times.
Do you travel with child? Make sure to visit Naantali on Kailo island, where there was built amusement park The world of Moomins. The park is an exact reconstruction of a village, where characters from books of Tove Jansson live. You can meet there Snork Maiden, play harmonica with Snufkin or discuss with Little My. Less known characters are also not missing – kids will definitely be happy to play with Stinky.
For romantic dinner go to one of restaurants located on boats that are moored by the bank of the river Aura. Boats are not sailing as they are too big to fit under bridges, but still experience is fantastic. Do you fancy to feast like a Viking? Go to Viikinkiravintola Harald. Wooden interiors and animals’ skins on seats and accompanying meat on a plate stabbed by…sword. Incredible vibe is guaranteed. Scandinavian cuisine is not all about meats, as it may seem, but also have some perfectly prepared vegetables to offer, so vegetarians will find something for themselves.