City Orientation Walk, Turku

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.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Finland » Turku (See other walking tours in Turku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: sabrina
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Market Square

1) Market Square (must see)

The Market Square is a city square located in the city's VI District, and is generally considered the city's central square. It hosts a lively market on weekdays, and there are several cafés and restaurants on the square.

The buildings around the Market Square are also part of the city's central business district. They include, for instance, the Hansa and Forum shopping centres, the Wiklund department store, an Orthodox church, a private medical clinic, and several instances...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Puolalanpuisto Park

2) Puolalanpuisto Park

Puolalanpuisto is a large park located close to the Turku Railway Station. The Park itself is a lovely place for a walk or a picnic. An interesting statue is situated in this park - "Friendship Between Turku and Leningrad". The three meter high monument was founded in 1969, in honour of Turku and Leningrad being sister cities for fifteen years. The statue represents four figures embracing each...   view more
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Turku Synagogue

3) Turku Synagogue

Situated in the picturesque VII District, Turku Synagogue is the second synagogue to be built in Finland. The building was designed by architects Hindersson and Krook and served as a synagogue for Turku's Jewish community since 1912. The Turku Synagogue building boasts magnificent architectural features. The synagogue's daily service is held in an impressive environment decorated by beautiful canvases, statues, golden angels, stained glass and window arches that make this synagogue a...   view more
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Kun Ystävyyssuhteet Solmitaan

4) Kun Ystävyyssuhteet Solmitaan

Kun ystävyyssuhteet solmitaan or När vänskapsförbindelser knyts is a sculpture erected by Wäinö Aaltonen, located in the Puutori market square in Turku, Finland. It symbolises the twin town partnership of Turku and Göteborg. There are two sculptures, the original in Göteborg and its duplicate at Aninkaistenkatu 12 in Turku.

The City of Turku commissioned Aaltonen to make the sculpture for Göteborg as a thank you for aiding Turku during wartime. The statues were ready in 1948 and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sibelius Museum

5) Sibelius Museum (must see)

Sibelius Museum is settled in a landmark 1960s building and is one of the largest museums of musical instruments in Finland today. The museum exhibits an amazing collection of about 1800 instruments from around the world. The museum also features extensive memorabilia of the well-known Finnish composer Jean...   view more
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Turku Cathedral

6) Turku Cathedral (must see)

Turku Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, and the country's national shrine. It is the central church of the Archdiocese of Turku and the seat of the Archbishop of Finland, Kari Mäkinen. It is also regarded as one of the major records of Finnish architectural history.

Considered to be the most important religious building in Finland, the cathedral has borne witness to many important events in the nation's history and has become one of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Per Brahe Statue

7) Per Brahe Statue

The Per Brahe statue is a monument of the general governor of Finland and first chancellor of the Academy of Turku, located in Brahenpuisto in Turku, Finland. It was designed by Walter Runeberg and revealed in 1888.

The statue is made of bronze and stands 2.95 metres high. The base is made of red granite, standing 4 metres high. The base has the Swedish text Iagh war med landett och landett med mig wääl tillfreds ("I was satisfied with my country and my country satisfied with...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Juselius Mansion

8) Juselius Mansion

Juselius Mansion is situated in the cultural Old Great Square of Turku. This massive, glorious Renaissance architectural style is the newest building in that area. The Mansion was founded at the end of 19th century by Carl Fredrich Juselius. It housed city officials, a police department and some offices. Today, the famous restaurant Teini is settled inside the walls of this attractive city’s...   view more
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

9) Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova (must see)

Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova is a museum in central Turku. The museum is housed in a building known as the Rettig palace, originally built in 1928. Aboa Vetus displays portions of the city dating back to medieval times, while Ars Nova is a museum of contemporary art.

The museum was first opened in 1995 as two independent museums. Originally, plans were for only Ars Nova, the contemporary art museum, but during its construction a number of structures and artifacts dating back to the Middle Ages...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Samppalinna Park

10) Samppalinna Park

Situated in downtown Turku, Samppalinnan Park is a popular spot visited by both locals and tourists. The park houses the Samppalinnan restaurant, a mountain monastery school, an outdoor swimming pool and an old windmill. The park also attracts visitors for its large number (more than 60) of different beautiful...   view more
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Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art

11) Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (must see)

Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art or WAM for short, is an art museum dedicated especially to modern art. The museum is located on the east bank of the Aura River. The permanent exhibition is based on the art collection of City of Turku, which includes a large collection of works by Finnish artist and sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen. Temporary exhibitions focus on Finnish and international modern art.

In March 1964, the City Council of Turku approved the proposal to establish a museum dedicated to...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pharmacy Museum

12) Pharmacy Museum (must see)

The Pharmacy Museum is settled in the Qwensel House, the oldest bourgeois house in Turku, built in 1700. In the 19th century, there was a pharmacy in the shop wing of the house. The pharmacy museum has herb and material rooms and an office area that includes Finland's oldest pharmacy and two laboratories. The museum exhibits fascinating Åke Lydman's collections of pharmacy tools. A pharmaceutical research laboratory and exhibition of history of medicine-making can also be found...   view more
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Turku City Office

13) 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...   view more
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Turku City Hall

14) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Linnankatu Street

15) Linnankatu Street

Linnankatu is one of Turku’s busiest streets with beautiful historical and modern buildings. Lovely cafes and restaurants, fashionable stores, souvenirs and gift shops can be found on this charming street. Walking on Linnankatu Street will allow tourists to see and feel the lively and colourful daily life in the...   view more

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 Turku’s most exciting museums that depict the country’s and city’s glorious, historical past.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Architectural Tour in Turku

Architectural Tour in Turku

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 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
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 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
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km