Things to see and do in Turku
Things to see and do in Turku
Because of the current coronavirus situation, please check that the sites are open and their opening hours in advance.
Under one roof
The renewed Hyvä Olo salon welcomes customers on the third floor of Wiklund.
Our popular salon offers relaxation after a workday, a fine start for a holiday, or, for instance, a surprise for your friend!
Book a time in advance here and ensure your wellbeing.
Sokos Turku Wiklund
Shopping could not be easier! Everything can be found under one roof, and you can visit our restaurants whenever you want.
As a hotel guest, you will get a discount of 10%.
Cybernet – a virtual gaming centre in Turku
This is fun, alone or in a group! Relax while swimming with dolphins, walk on a plank on top of a skyscraper or face the zombies. All this is possible under the same roof on the third floor of Wiklund.
The Kiss My Turku website offers more tips for your visit!
How about viewing the shores from the river? In the summer time, there are many kinds of vehicles available at the Aurajoki river. For instance, you can hire a picnic boat or hop on board the Jakke Jokilautta ferry. Or why not take the Fölivene boat for a trip to Ruissalo, or the water-bus to one of the islands near Turku?
Turku certainly has no shortage of national heritage landscapes, one of them being the view from the Aura river to Kakolanmäki, which was formerly the home of prisoners. Kakolanmäki is one of seven hills in Turku. Until 2007, the hill was the location of the Turku Provincial Prison. The National Board of Antiquities has named Kakolanmäki Hill one of Finland's most important Built Heritage sites. There is a summer café in the old prison warden's house and summer restaurant Kakolanruusu is located on the ground floor of the main building. There are plans to convert the old prison area into residential and business areas.
Ruissalo's oak forests, charming 19th-century villas, National Park, the Ruisrock rock festival, the famous pea soup served in the Honkapirtti restaurant, and the Botanical Gardens have contributed to making the island famous. Scenic and well-maintained bike paths offer comfortable distances for all. The rocky outcrops, beautiful beach, unique nature, rolling fields and pretty gardens will lead to love at first sight for all who visit the island. In the winter, you can take a refreshing dip in a hole in the ice!
Turku Market Hall
Turku Market Hall maintains local culinary traditions – and introduces new trends. The Market Hall is the place to fill your picnic basket or buy treats to take home: take your pick of traditional delicacies, organic food, local produce or new culinary trends. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a lovely lunch or cup of coffee. Finland's tiniest Alko (off-licence) and best bakery shop are also located in the Market Hall.
The Aura and its surroundings are important to the inhabitants of Turku, who enjoy the riverbanks at all times of the year. A 3.5 km walk from the Cathedral to the Castle gives an excellent overview of the history and present day of the city. Bridges, history, river boats, idyllic restaurants, bars and cafés... There's something for everyone!
Finland's only city ferry, Föri takes passengers from Turku to Åbo and back again, free of charge. During the two-minute crossing, you will have a marvellous view of the river. Föri operates around the year.
The Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, which survived the Great Fire of Turku in 1827, takes you several hundred years back in time. The houses with grass roofs have been furnished into historical artisans' homes and workshops. During the summer, artisans work at the workshops, offering visitors the chance to see the traditional professions in action. The Luostarinmäki area also has its own post office and two shops. You can buy, for instance, traditional sweets packed in a cone to take with you.
Have you ever wondered what life was actually like in the castles of old? A permanent exhibition at Turku Castle sheds light on everyday life and celebrations at the castle in different times from the point of view of both nobility and servants. The Knight's Hall, prisons in the round tower or the Castle-Elf's treasure chamber.