Daily Life in Turku, Turku (Self Guided)

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.
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Daily Life in Turku Map

Guide Name: Daily Life in Turku
Guide Location: Finland » Turku (See other walking tours in Turku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: sabrina
1
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 of media such as an office of Finland's major newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, locally most significant newspaper Turun Sanomat and YLE.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
2
Panimoravintola Koulu

2) Panimoravintola Koulu

Panimoravintola Koulu is a Finnish brewery restaurant in the city of Turku. Koulu (School) is the largest brewery restaurant in Finland and it is situated in a former Neo-Renaissance-style school building from 1889 by architects L. I. Lindqvist and Bruno Granholm. The school to first occupy the building was "Svenska Fruntimmerskola", which was later renamed as the "Svenska flickskolan i Åbo" in 1916, again in 1955 when it became "Åbo svenska flicklyseum", until finally in 1966 the name was changed to "Cygnaeus skola". On 4 of February 1940 the school was hit by a incendiary bomb, which set fire to the roof and destroyed the assembly hall (now known as the Bellman assembly hall). One of the high points in the history of Koulu was the visit of Commander-in-Chief, Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim on 14 February in 1941.

The brewery has four regularly produced beers and one cider. On top of which, the brewery also produces several (at least 12) special or seasonal brews throughout the year. All the beers are made under the regulations of the German purity law, the Reinheitsgebot from 1516. It allows only the use of water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
3
Cafe Fontana

3) Cafe Fontana

Conveniently located in the city centre's historical surroundings, Café Fontana is hugely popular among both locals and tourists. This lovely café offers its visitors delicious, in-house baked goods such as cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, muffins and croissants, which are served with freshly ground coffee sauce. The menu also includes fresh salads, tasty pastas and other yummy dishes. Café Fontana is a great place in which to have lunch on the terrace and experience the busy city life.
4
Linnankatu Street

4) 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 city.
5
Turku Main Library

5) Turku Main Library (must see)

Turku Main Library is the chief branch of Turku City Library. The library is approximately 8,500 m².

Turku Main Library currently occupies three buildings: the old and new buildings and a former office building for the governor built in 1818 which is now Café Sirius. There is a walkway which connects the three buildings, going from old building past the café to the new building. The reference, magazine and the children's and young adults sections are located in the new building. After renovation was complete in 2008, the fiction, art and music sections can be found in the old building.

Five works of art were acquired for the library: Saara Ekström's ornamental Alkukirjain (Initial Letter) spreads out on the walls of the main hall, and her video work Aakkoset (the Alphabet) can be seen at the Reading Corner of the hall. The sculpture Visual Vortex- Passge of Events by Hans-Christian Berg is situated in the showcase by the main entrance. Vestigia by Hilkka Könönen is situated at the News Square. Hetkinen (Moment) by Ann Sundholm shines its light on the main hall. Merja Pitkänen has realised sculpture installation Esiintymä (Occurrence) at the library cafe Sirius. These pieces are a part of the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art collection for the City of Turku.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
6
Vartiovuori Park

6) Vartiovuori Park

Settled on the east side of the Aura River, in Turku's central region of II District, Vartivuori park is a great place to spend a quiet afternoon and witness some of city's daily activities such as locals walking through the small park road, sitting on a bench and reading newspapers or parents playing with their kids on pretty green fields. The famous Vartiovuori Observatory is located on the hill of this attractive park.
7
University of Turku

7) University of Turku

The University of Turku is the second largest university in the country as measured by student enrollment, after University of Helsinki.

The modern University of Turku was founded in 1920. The Finnish intelligentsia wanted a purely Finnish university, the first of its kind in Finland. 22,040 people contributed to the fund-raising campaign. Newly gained independence and the campaign are reflected in the motto of the University about a free people's gift to free science. To honour the memory of these donors, the University has named its specially created liqueur "22 040".

The first premises of the University of Turku were in the centre of the city, by the market square. In the 1950s a new campus was built on Ryssänmäki (Russian Hill – now known as University Hill).

The University was made a public institution in 1974.

Since 1995 the University of Turku has been a member of Coimbra Group.

In January 2010, Turku School of Economics merged with the University of Turku, forming a seventh faculty of the university.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

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 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
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
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
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
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: 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

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.