Turku Introduction Walking Tour, Turku

Turku Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), 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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Turku Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Turku Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Finland » Turku (See other walking tours in Turku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Market Square
  • Turku Orthodox Church
  • Yliopistonkatu (University Street)
  • Turun Kauppahalli (Turku Old Market Hall)
  • Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House
  • Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum
  • Old Great Square
  • Turku Cathedral
Market Square

1) Market Square

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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Turku Orthodox Church

2) Turku Orthodox Church

Turku Orthodox Church or the church of Empress Alexandra Martyr is the main church of the Turku orthodox parish. The church was built in under plans drafted by architect Carl Ludvig Engel and was ordered by Nicholas I of Russia on 5 January 1838. Construction, which began in 1839, cost 67,886 rubles and was completed in 1845. The church was consecrated on 2 September 1845. The church was dedicated to Alexandra, the spouse of Diocletian who had publicly became Christianised and suffered a martyr’s death on 23 April 303. Making her the patron saint may have been because of Nicholas I’s own wife’s name Aleksandra Feodorovna.

Most of the icons of the iconostasis come from Valaam Monastery.

The Turku orthodox church cemetery and cemetery chapel are located in Vasaramäki and there are other parish sanctuaries Rauma and Salo.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Yliopistonkatu (University Street)

3) Yliopistonkatu (University Street)

Yliopistonkatu (literally "University Street") is a 1,5-kilometer-long street located in the city center of Turku, running parallel to the Aura River, starting at Kutomonkatu and ending at Koulukatu. Since 2001, the part of Yliopistonkatu between Aurakatu and Humalistonkatu, which is about four hundred meters long, has been a pedestrian street. The area of the current pedestrian street has been Turku's Christmas street since 1948. The Turku Market Square is also located along Yliopistonkatu.

Yliopistonkatu is one of the streets in the town plan designed by Carl Ludvig Engel after the Great Fire of Turku. The street was formerly known as the "Russian Church Street" (Venäjän Kirkkokatu) according to the Church of the Holy Martyr Empress Alexandra located along it. In February 1924, the street was named Yliopistonkatu in the building of the former Phoenix Hotel along it, which had been operating since 1922 at the University of Turku. Other options for the street were Kustaa Aadolfin katu and Vapaudenkatu, but Yliopistonkatu took the win.

After the university moved to Yliopistonmäki (literally "University Hill") in 1955, initiatives have been taken by the Nomenclature Committee to transform Yliopistonkatu into Mannerheiminkatu, Leningradinkatu or Göteborginkatu. However, the name has remained the same.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Turun Kauppahalli (Turku Old Market Hall)

4) Turun Kauppahalli (Turku Old 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.
Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

5) Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

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 here.
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum

6) Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum (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 were discovered, and the archaeological excavation that was commissioned eventually transformed into Aboa Vetus. The two museums were combined in 2004 and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is now among the most popular tourist venues in the entire region of Finland Proper.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Old Great Square

7) Old Great Square

The Old Great Square (Finnish: Vanha Suurtori, Swedish: Gamla Stortorget) is a medieval market square located in the city centre of Turku. It is located in the II District in very close proximity to Turku Cathedral. The area was the administrative and commercial centre of Turku since the founding of the city in the 13th century up until the Great Fire of Turku.

Today, there are buildings alongside the Old Great Square, but only on the southern side because the blocks on the northern side changed to Porthaninpuisto after the fire. There are four historical buildings which the City of Turku restored for cultural use: the Brinkkala Mansion, Old Town Hall, Hjelt Mansion and Juselius Mansion. The buildings were mainly constructed after the fire and represent neoclassicism.

The Brinkala Mansion is best known for the traditional proclamation of Christmas Peace, which has been given from the Brinkkala Mansion balcony each Christmas Eve at 12:00 since 1886. Prior to that, Christmas peace was proclaimed from the "doors and windows of the town hall" as the old saying went. The earliest information about the Brinkkala Mansion is from the 16th century when it was a town house of the owner of Brinkhall Manor in Kakskerta.

Old Town Hall. It is assumed that the City of Turku administrative centre was headquartered at the Old Town Hall since the 14th century. It was destroyed by the fire of 1827, along with its bell tower. The building was redone into a three story factory in 1899, which was active until the 1920s. In 1932, the building was acquired by the City of Turku, and was for police department use. Nowadays, it is a space for galleries and a banquet hall and concerts.

Hjelt Mansion is the only remaining stone building in Finland which clearly represents the St. Petersburg empire style. The Mansion was taken over by the City of Turku in the 1930s, at which time both stories were used by the police department. After this, the downstairs level was a used as the children's and young adult's section of Turku City Library, and the Turku Cultural Centre worked in the upstairs level.

The new renaissance Juselius Mansion is the newest of the buildings in the area. It was built by Carl Fredrik Juselius in 1892, originally as his home. It has been a residential building for city officials, space for the police department and a dociros office. Nowadays, the building is used for other purposes, such as the legendary restaurant Teini.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Turku Cathedral

8) 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 city's most recognizable symbols. The cathedral is situated in the heart of Turku next to the Old Great Square, by the river Aura. Its presence extends beyond the local precinct by having the sound of its bells chiming at noon broadcast on national radio. It is also central to Finland's annual Christmas celebrations.

The cathedral was originally built out of wood in the late 13th century, and was dedicated as the main cathedral of Finland in 1300, the seat of the bishop of Turku. It was considerably expanded in the 14th and 15th centuries, mainly using stone as the construction material. The cathedral was badly damaged during the Great Fire of Turku in 1827, and was rebuilt to a great extent afterwards.
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's Architectural Jewels

Turku's Architectural Jewels

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 this self-guided walking tour to discover the architectural jewels of Turku.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles