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Turku Holidays

Beautiful river scenery, historic landmarks, a lively cultural scene and the magnificent landscape of the surrounding archipelago attract holidaymakers to this lovely city.

The Aura river, which dissects the city centre, is an intrinsic part of the Turku cityscape. It is easy to book a city break in a riverside hotel and the city’s most significant sights and landmarks are all found near the river. During a walk along the riverbank and through the cobbled streets lined with old wooden buildings you can sense the historical importance of this old university town.

The 2011 selection of Turku as the European Capital of Culture gave a boost to the city’s already vibrant cultural life. Many visitors spend a few days in Turku on their way to the beautiful Turku Archipelago.

The exact year the city was founded is not known, but it is believed to have been established in the late 1200s. Thanks to the city’s long history, there are many cultural heritage attractions in Turku. The best-known of these are the over 700-year-old Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral, consecrated in 1300. You can easily spend several hours in Turku Castle, which also organises tours specifically for children.

In 1827, the Great Fire of Turku destroyed most of the city, but the old wooden buildings and atmosphere of medieval Turku have been preserved in the Handicrafts Museum. Old excavated ruins are on display in the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum, which is also home to a museum of contemporary art. The fascinating, specialist music museum, the Sibelius Museum is also located in Turku. In the Port Arthur city district walk along cobbled streets lined with old wooden buildings, and visit the impressive Mikaelinkirkko Church.

Go for a walk along the banks of the beautiful Aura river and visit various sights throughout the day. Start at the Cathedral, by the old city centre, and carry on past museums, cafés, and sailing ships, such as the famous Suomen Joutsen, all the way to Turku Castle at the mouth of the river. In summer in particular, visit outdoor cafés on the banks of the river in between sightseeing, and cross the river by strolling along one of the beautiful bridges or by taking the Föri ferry, which runs year-round. In addition to cafés, there are many excellent restaurants in Turku where you can enjoy a pleasant dinner. Do your food shopping in Turku’s well-known market, or in the market hall, established in 1896, which also has plenty of places for lunch.

It is easy to travel to Turku, as the city is well served by buses and trains. There are also daily flights to the nearby airport. There are several multi-storey car parks in the city centre, so parking is not a problem for visitors arriving by car. Turku is also the starting point of the Archipelago Trail, which is a circular route that connects islands in the archipelago via bridges and ferries. The journey can be made by car or bike.

Turku’s main attractions can be seen in a few days, but the city also offers many things to see and experience during a longer visit, both in the city centre and the surrounding area. Both children and adults enjoy spending time among the impressive buildings and beautiful scenery on the banks of the river.


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Scandic Atrium £81
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2019
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Scandic Atrium

Scandic Atrium

Eerikinkatu 30, Turku
     
    3.7 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The breakfast was excellent, the room was spotless, I did not spend much time in the hotel due to visiting my son. But whenever I approached staff they were very friendly and helpful. So close to the centre and bus stop right outside.

    Holiday Club Caribia £91
    Reviewed on 23 Apr 2019
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    Holiday Club Caribia

    Holiday Club Caribia

    Kongressikuja 1, Turku
       
      3.6 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The spa and slides for kids. Service level in all places was awesome.

      Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku £117
      Reviewed on 9 Jun 2019
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      Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku

      Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku

      Linnankatu 32, Turku
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nice hotel, location and amenities. The rooms are dated and need renovation.

        Laivahostel S/S Bore £64
        Reviewed on 13 Oct 2018
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        Laivahostel S/S Bore

        Laivahostel S/S Bore

        Linnankatu 72, Turku
           
          3.6 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice quiet location for good value. Also walkable to the city centre or frequent bus transport.

          Centro Hotel Turku £109
          Reviewed on 12 May 2019
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          Centro Hotel Turku

          Centro Hotel Turku

          Yliopistonkatu 12a, Turku
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nice, friendly staff, made us feel at home. Great breakfast, very clean and well maintained property

            Naantali Spa Hotel £102
            Reviewed on 27 Dec 2018
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            Naantali Spa Hotel

            Naantali Spa Hotel

            Matkailijantie 2, Naantali
               
              4.1 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              We stayed at Naantali Spa Hotel Residence during Christmas 2018. It was overall good. Families with children should be aware that Residence is not in the same building as the pool and main hotel area. This a bit challanging in winter. The hotel service is ok. We complained about a specific smell ...

              Omena Hotel Turku £58
              Reviewed on 6 Sep 2018
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              Omena Hotel Turku

              Omena Hotel Turku

              Humalistonkatu 7, Turku
                 
                3.5 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very convenient to walk around. Spacious room. We are happy with it.

                Scandic Julia £128
                Reviewed on 1 Aug 2018
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                Scandic Julia

                Scandic Julia

                Eerikinkatu 4, Turku
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The hotel apprars to be in a bit of a rough area but it isn't at all. Literally a 2 minute walk from the river and some great bars and cafes. The hotel itself is typical Scandic. Modern with free wifi and all the services you'd expect. The breakfast was included in the price, buffet style and very ...

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