Turku is a stunning port in the Baltic that is nestled in an archipelago of thousands of small islands. The port is less than two miles from the city center and adjacent to the main Finnish landmark of Turku castle. The port and surrounding islands are wrapped in natural beauty, making Turku an ideal destination for those who love spending time outdoors and discovering history along the way.

Along the River Aura, there are a number of great finds. The Aura is the heart and soul of the city and flows directly through the city center. Following the river is the best way to see all of the sights that Turku has to offer. During the year, a number of amazing festivals and events are also held along the river. There are medieval market days, the herring market, music festivals, and different sports competitions. From the river, Turku’s amazing attractions branch out, making it the best place to start a journey into the city.

Starting with Turku castle at the mouth of the river, a day looking into Finland’s rich history is sure to be enjoyed. This castle has stood since the 1200s, experiencing Finnish, Swedish, and Nordic history throughout its lifetime. Visitors will have a chance to explore the still standing and restored monument to Turku’s history. Moving through the history of the area, the Turku Cathedral is a must-see while on a day in port. This cathedral is the oldest building in Finland and is well known as the most valuable historic monument building in the country. For more local culture, the Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum is a stunning and unique experience. This preserved part of the city is the only part that survived the Great Fire of Turku in 1827. Today, it has been beautifully preserved to be an outdoor museum that provides an immersive experience for visitors. Those spending time in Luoustarinmaki will get to experience firsthand what life was like in pre-industrial Finland. For a final look into Turku’s culture, the Market Hall is the place to be. This is the second oldest market hall in Finland and has been around since 1896. Today traditional foods and crafts can be found in the beautiful atmosphere of the market. 

Whether spending a day along the river or immersing themselves in the local history and culture, cruise guests will love a day in Turku. The city is Finland’s gateway to Scandinavia and provides an unforgettable destination experience. Also home to an advanced and prolific shipyard, the city demonstrates its support for cruise tourism. Adding Turku to your itinerary is a winner.

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