The city of Turku has a compact size, perfect for exploring the exciting mixture of old and new. A large part of city life – main sights, restaurants and shops – is concentrated around the banks of the River Aura. Outside the city, you will find one of the most magnificent, largest and breath-taking archipelagos of the world, with more than 20 000 islands and islets.
Turku has a wide selection of top-quality restaurants serving excellent food, featuring local products. Turku is also a city of young designers, with boutiques providing a glimpse of the future of Finnish and Scandinavian design including fabrics, glassware and ceramics.
In Turku, you can stroll through the Castle of Turku, which has a history of over 700 years, the Turku Cathedral, the most important religious building in Finland, or the Sibelius museum, the only museum in Finland dedicated to music. The Turku philharmonic orchestra is another important part of the musical culture of the city.
The old monastery town of Naantali where you can stroll the narrow stone covered streets is located near Turku. The official summer city of Finland, Naantali is also the summer residence of the President of Finland, and his estate welcomes visitors.