Finland’s Second City
The second-largest city in Finland and the country’s former capital, Turku has a strong arts and music culture to rival Helsinki’s. It’s a university town, with a high proportion of young people who help keep the city’s nightlife, dining and café scenes fresh. Historic sites are plentiful, with two of the most notable being the grand Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral, both of which have stood since the 13th century. The city also serves as a portal to the beautiful Turku Archipelago, rich in stunning natural scenery.
The Saint Olav Waterway begins in Turku and passes through the archipelago. Turku is also one of the cities on The Hansa Cultural Route, and the influence of the city’s prosperous medieval period can still be strongly felt by visitors exploring the atmospheric streets here.