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Turku

Turku is a city located in the southwest of Finland, on the banks of the Aura River. It is the oldest city in the country, having been founded in the 13th century, and is the former capital of Finland. It is the fifth largest city in the country, with a population of around 180,000.

Turku is known for its medieval history and architecture, and is a popular tourist destination. The city is home to several landmarks, including the Turku Castle, the Turku Cathedral, and the Old Great Square. The city also has a variety of museums, including the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum.

The city is situated on the Gulf of Bothnia, and is surrounded by several islands, including the Turku Archipelago. The climate is a mix of continental and maritime, with warm summers and cold winters.

Turku is an important cultural centre in Finland, and is home to several prestigious universities, such as the University of Turku and the Åbo Akademi University. It is also home to several theatres and music venues, such as the Turku Concert Hall and the Turku Music Festival.

Throughout its history, Turku has been a major political and economic centre. It was the capital of Finland until 1812, and has played a major role in the country's history. In the 13th century, it was the site of the Battle of Turku, which saw the Swedes defeat the Finns. In the 19th century, it was the centre of the Finnish National Awakening, which led to the country’s independence from Russia.

Today, Turku is a vibrant and modern city, with a thriving economy and a vibrant cultural scene. It is a popular destination for tourists, and is home to a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Turku Music Festival and the Turku Art Festival.

Excursion tips for a day in Turku

Turku, Finland is a beautiful city with a variety of activities to enjoy on a day trip. Here are some of the best things to do as a tourist in Turku:

1. Visit the Turku Castle, the oldest castle in Finland, and explore its grounds and museum.

2. Take a boat tour of the Turku Archipelago and admire the stunning scenery.

3. Enjoy the views from the top of the Turku Cathedral, the largest in Finland.

4. Wander through the historic streets of the Old Town and visit the many shops and restaurants.

5. Explore the Turku Art Museum and admire the many works of art on display.

6. Visit the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum to explore the history and culture of the area.

7. Take a stroll through the lush Kupittaa Park and admire the beautiful greenery.

8. Sample some of the delicious local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city.

9. Shop for unique souvenirs at the bustling Kauppatori Market.

10. Relax and enjoy a spa day at one of Turku's many spa resorts.

Experience Turku with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Turku. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Turku

The climate in Turku, Finland over the four seasons is characterised by cold winters, with temperatures typically ranging from -5°C to -20°C, and warm summers with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 25°C. During spring and autumn, temperatures range from 0°C to 15°C. The area receives an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day during the summer months and only 3 hours of sunshine per day during the winter months. The area receives an annual average of 690 mm of precipitation, with the majority of this falling during the winter months.

Cruise weather for Turku

Our weather forecast for Turku helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 15.6 °C
13.3 m/s
24.8 m/s
59.8 %
24.1 m
74.9 %
1,011 hPa
04:41:33
22:31:40
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 23.2 °C
min: 16.2 °C
11.5 m/s
22.3 m/s
79.7 %
21.1 m
80.5 %
1,012 hPa
04:43:45
22:29:33
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 22.5 °C
min: 17.2 °C
10.1 m/s
22.3 m/s
73.4 %
24.0 m
85.2 %
1,013 hPa
04:45:59
22:27:22
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 22.6 °C
min: 17.1 °C
11.9 m/s
22.3 m/s
84.5 %
23.6 m
86.5 %
1,013 hPa
04:48:14
22:25:09
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 18.8 °C
min: 16 °C
8.3 m/s
9.4 m/s
96.5 %
22.7 m
94.1 %
1,010 hPa
04:50:31
22:22:53
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 23.4 °C
min: 16 °C
8.6 m/s
16.7 m/s
98.3 %
18.9 m
83.9 %
1,009 hPa
04:52:49
22:20:35
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 22.9 °C
min: 14.9 °C
16.6 m/s
30.2 m/s
96.2 %
22.1 m
82.8 %
1,011 hPa
04:55:09
22:18:14
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 21.1 °C
min: 15.1 °C
12.6 m/s
14.4 m/s
81.1 %
24.1 m
79.5 %
1,013 hPa
04:57:30
22:15:51
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 21.2 °C
min: 13.6 °C
10.4 m/s
10.1 m/s
56.9 %
24.1 m
75.0 %
1,014 hPa
04:59:51
22:13:26
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 19.6 °C
min: 14.1 °C
9.4 m/s
17.3 m/s
97.1 %
18.1 m
85.1 %
1,011 hPa
05:02:14
22:10:59
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 19.9 °C
min: 12.3 °C
21.2 m/s
31.7 m/s
57.3 %
22.7 m
81.6 %
1,009 hPa
05:04:38
22:08:30
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 18.2 °C
min: 12.1 °C
18.7 m/s
34.2 m/s
81.0 %
22.1 m
82.1 %
1,008 hPa
05:07:02
22:05:59
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 17.0 °C
min: 11.8 °C
19.8 m/s
38.5 m/s
71.6 %
17.9 m
82.8 %
1,005 hPa
05:09:27
22:03:26
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 19.8 °C
min: 11.3 °C
17.6 m/s
23.4 m/s
70.0 %
24.1 m
73.6 %
1,005 hPa
05:11:52
22:00:51

Cruises to Turku

Would you like to travel to Turku on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Turku.

Scheduled ship calls in Turku, Finland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jun. 16th 2025 Monday, 16th of Jun. 2025 MS Europa 12:00 pm 10:00 pm
Jul. 11th 2025 Friday, 11th of Jul. 2025 MS Europa 08:00 am 05:30 pm
Jul. 17th 2025 Thursday, 17th of Jul. 2025 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 25th 2025 Monday, 25th of Aug. 2025 Seven Seas Voyager 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jul. 1st 2026 Wednesday, 1st of Jul. 2026 MS Europa 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 29th 2026 Saturday, 29th of Aug. 2026 MS Europa 12:00 am 12:00 am

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