Architectural Tour in Turku, Turku (Self Guided)

The oldest city in Finland, Turku has numerous, attractive old buildings that catch the eye and leave you with a great memory of your stay in this charming city. Each of the prominent landmark constructions of Turku tells its own story. Take the following walking tour to discover the architectural jewels of Turku.
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Architectural Tour in Turku Map

Guide Name: Architectural Tour in Turku
Guide Location: Finland » Turku (See other walking tours in Turku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: sabrina
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Åbo Svenska Teater

1) Åbo Svenska Teater (must see)

Åbo Svenska Teater is a Finland-Swedish theatre and the oldest theatre in the country, founded in 1839. The building itself is also the oldest still functioning theatre house in Finland. The name means "The Swedish theatre of Åbo"; Åbo is the Swedish name of the city of Turku.

The theatre has been located in its present building since 1839, when it was opened with the play Gubben i Bergsbygden the 21 January 1839. During the 19th century, the theatre did not have a permanent staff, as Finland did not have any native actors at this point; the actors consisted of travelling Swedish troupes, which toured both Sweden and Finland, of which one of the most notable was the troupe of Pierre Deland, which performed regularly on this theatre in the 1840s and 1850s. The first native actors performed in the theatre in 1872, though it was not to be until 1894, that the first complete troupe entirely of native actors performed here.

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Turku Market Hall

2) Turku Market Hall (must see)

The country’s old tradition of having numerous market halls in almost any town is reflected in the architectural landscape of Finland. Dating back to the end of the 19th century, Finland’s Market Hall has a beautiful, ornamented, red brick façade, contrasting beautifully with the modern Hansa shopping center located by the Hall. Inside, there are two corridors packed with stalls that are endowed with a large variety of gastronomical products.
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Turku City Office

3) Turku City Office

Settled in the heart of the city next to City Hall, Turku City Office is another must-see attractive building thanks to its eye-catching architectural features. Turku City Office structure is a fine example of Art Nouveau architectural style - an international movement and style of art and architecture that became popular at the end of the 20th century.
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Turku City Hall

4) Turku City Hall

Turku City Hall is a Neo-Renaissance building located on the bank of the Aura River in Turku.

It was originally designed by Charles Bassi from 1810-1811 as the restaurant Seurahuone. The building survived the Great Fire of Turku in 1827. It was redone 1879-1883 as the city hall under plans by F. A. Sjöström.

The first floor used to have the register office of Turku up until 1975 and Turku district court until 1997. After the district court of Turku moved to the new Turku courthouse, the first floor was replaced by work, meeting and legislative spaces in 1999. The second floor of the building is decorated with gold and massive crystal crowning. The wing of the building, located on Aurakatu 4, is for city council groups' rooms and travel agency services.

The public can enter the building during specific events such as Turku Day. The public is also permitted to witness the city council assembly.

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Katedralskolan i Åbo

5) Katedralskolan i Åbo

Katedralskolan i Åbo (The Cathedral School of Åbo) is the Swedish-language senior high school.

The school was presumably founded in 1276 for education of boys to become servants of the Church.

The current schoolhouse was built after the conflagration of Turku in 1827. In the 1970s Svenska klassiska lyceum and Åbo svenska flicklyceum, The Swedish Girls' Secondary School of Turku, were united and the old school name Katedralskolan i Åbo, the Cathedral School of Turku, was revived.

In 1977, the introduction of the comprehensive school system in Turku also caused the transferral of the Katedralskolan to the City of Turku.

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Brinkkala Mansion

6) Brinkkala Mansion

The Brinkala Mansion is a beautiful building best known for the tradition of public declaration of Christmas peace; it started here in 1886 from the balcony of the mansion that is known as the Christmas peace balcony. The origins of the mansions date back to the 16th century when it was a town house and a hotel. Today the mansion’s courtyard is home to various events such as the Medieval Market.
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Hjelt Mansion

7) Hjelt Mansion

Former Police Station, Cultural Center and City Library, Hjelt Mansion is a lovely two-storey stone complex built in 1830, a few years after the Great Fire of Turku. Impressive Ionic columns and the Greek temple style of ornamental details remind us of ancient Roman and Greek landmark buildings.
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Turun Hovioikeus

8) Turun Hovioikeus

Settled in the Cathedral Square, Akatemiatalo or Old Academy Building is another fine example of neo-classical architectural style. The Swedish King Gustav IV and the Queen were present when the foundations of the building were laid in 1802. Built by Swedish architect Carl Gjorwell for the Royal Academy of Turku, this unpretentious yet still impressive building is today’s Ceremonial Hall of University of Turku and Abo Academi University.
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Vartiovuori Observatory

9) Vartiovuori Observatory

Vartiovuori observatory is the former observatory of the Royal Academy of Turku. Building was completed in 1819 and designed by German architect Carl Ludvig Engel. By its style, the neoclassical observatory is typical work of Engel and it has obvious similarity to Helsinki University Observatory and Pulkovo Observatory (in St. Petersburg, Russia), which are as well Engel's work. Building is located on top of the Vartiovuori hill, close to the cathedral and Aura river and it's well visible from many places in city center.

The observatory and several wooden houses (current Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum) on the hill were saved from the Great Fire of Turku 1827. Observatory is famous for a note made by German astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander:

"Here the observations were stopped by a horrible fire which burn the whole city into ashes but, thanks to God, left the observatory intact".

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Walking Tours in Turku, Finland

Create Your Own Walk in Turku

Create Your Own Walk in Turku

Creating your own self-guided walk in Turku is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Turku Museums Walking Tour

Turku Museums Walking Tour

Turku’s foundation dates back to the end of the 13th century, making this important industrial and cultural seaport city the oldest in Finland. The city with the highest population in Finland until the end of the 19th century, Turku is also considered the city that has been in the heart of major historical events that influenced present-day Finland. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Religious Tour in Turku

Religious Tour in Turku

The first capital city of Finland, Turku has always been an important religious centre of the country. 13th century Turku Cathedral is the city’s religious center piece and the seat of the Archbishop of Finland. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit Turku’s most celebrated places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The city of Turku is a home to a number of lovely tourist attractions and landmarks fit to make anyone's visit to the city a pleasant holiday experience. This tour will take you to some of the most prominent sights of Turku.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Turku Art Walking Tour

Turku Art Walking Tour

Turku is a charming city with a variety of attractive and unique art galleries and museums that offer an exciting cultural refreshment. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the most attractive art venues in Turku such as famous Turun Taidemuseo, fascinating Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and other modern private galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Cultural Walking Tour in Turku

Cultural Walking Tour in Turku

Turku has a vibrant cultural life expressed in several theaters, cinemas, a number of exciting galleries and the city philharmonic orchestra. Turku’s popular annual events such as Medieval Market, Turku Music Festival and “Christmas Peace” transform the look of the city and offer a lot of entertainment. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Turku’s most visited cultural venues.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Daily Life in Turku

Daily Life in Turku

As the oldest city in Finland, Turku is a fantastic tourist destination with a number of glorious attractions, museums, galleries and other fascinating things to see and do. However, there are plenty of hidden local places that can tell their own story about this charming city. The following tour will help you discover Turku’s vibrant daily life spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Turku for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Turku has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Turku, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.