Turku..a wonder destination

 

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River Aura..
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s/s Ukkopekka, the Steamship..
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Turku Cathedral..
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Welcoming us on board..
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Turku Castle..
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And we are there..
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A bit of history of the Island to learn inside this cute building..
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People enjoying their drinks and snacks..
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A view..on our way to Loistokari Island..
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The Bar…a busy place..
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The Dinner Buffet…variety of smoked fish and meat and much more..

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Delicious Desserts on board as we sail back..
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Some great Finnish Music from this music duo..

Talk of any European city from the Middle Ages & it would surely have a riverfront, a market square, a castle & a cathedral.And so does this wonder destination, that I now wish to take you to 🛬

Located on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River is this beautiful small city, Turku. The River Aura is the heart and soul of this city, which happens to be the oldest city in Finland & also at one time the Capital city for hundreds of years. Declared once the official Christmas City of Finland & also designated the European Capital of Culture in 2011, this lovely & unique holiday destination would stay in your heart for ever..💝

Those who love to walk, you would love to be here as all the attractions are in close proximity.The Old Great Square, as it is known as, has the Turku Castle, the Turku Cathedral, the Aura Riverfront, the Forum Marinum Maritime Museum, the Turku Port, the historic Market Square, the Turku Art Museum, Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, Aboe Vetus & Ars Nova – Museum of History & Contemporary Arts, Turku Biological Museum, Turku Orthodox Church, St. Michael’s Church & Turku Market Hall built in 1896 by the famous Finnish Architect, Gustaf Nystrom & it also has the distinction of being the second oldest market hall in Finland. You of course cannot miss visiting & enjoying ‘Vartiovuorenmaki’, a beautiful seven hectares park right in the heart of the city 🏞️

Once done, just lie down in the park opposite the Cathedral or on the benches along the river, relaxing & soaking in the magestic beauty of the surroundings or reading a book & enjoying the chill & the sun ☀️

Turku, the city has been built on seven hills & hence the streets are up & down, giving you the feel of a hill station. Walking down the streets itself is a revelation as each building seems to be an Architectural masterpiece 🏚️

You must keep a day though for Naantali, a lovely city just 14 kms from Turku.See the beautiful landmarks, visit Kultaranta the summer residence of the President of Finland, Saaronniemi beach & in case your kids are traveling with you, Moomin World – the cartoon based kids theme park🐒

All said & done, the aura of Turku revolves around River Aura & this is where you got to be…Go for an Archipelago trip or sail to Naantali on an afternoon cruise with or without lunch. But then, one of your evenings should be reserved for this one & only super trip👇

An evening Dinner Cruise to Loistokari Island..aboard one of the oldest Steamship, s/s Ukkopekka. An unforgettable experience ⛴️

 

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Snehal says:

    I have always been attracted to castles. I wish I get to see Turku castle some day. 😍😊

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I do wish you do. You know me & more my wife we are attracted to these old castles & monuments. Where do you stay Snehal?

  2. Tanya Geno says:

    Everywhere you travel look so beautiful and a awesome adventure! Wishing you luck on your next one!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Tanya 😊

  3. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh wow this looks like such a lovely looking place to go and explore. The castle in particular looks like somewhere I would love to go and look around.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s a very cute place Sara.And mostly walkable,if you love to walk.

  4. Ronnie E. says:

    I didn’t expect it to be so sunny! It’s certainly very European and regal. I’d love to visit there myself.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      We were so lucky during this trip to get all Sunny days 😊

  5. I love visiting places like this. Hopefully I can go there one day with my family.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes I wish too that you do visit.

  6. artch33 says:

    The Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral looks amazing. :0)

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Artch. Both are masterpieces.

  7. Porsha Carr says:

    I think my favorite part would have to be that castle! What a dream!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      The castle was wonderful and the surroundings just awesome.

  8. I’ve never heard of Turku before! Wow it looks incredible. Now I want to visit! Thank you so much for sharing this incredible place with us ♡

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks 😊

  9. Bill Sweeney says:

    What an incredible place! Having never heard of Turku before, the sites and beauty make me want to go there.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes even I had not till I started researching Finland 😊

  10. Looks like a Renaissance village frozen in time! What a fun adventure!

  11. Maria says:

    I’ve never heard of Turku! Always down to explore somewhere new though!

  12. Megha says:

    I love visiting castle. This makes me feel close to history. I am definitely adding turku in my wish list.

  13. Kiwi says:

    Wow where will you all go next. I enjoy your blogs so many great places I never thought to visit.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Croatia, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Belgium & Netherlands are in our plan this year Kiwi 😊

  14. emman damian says:

    Turku looks amazing! I haven’t been here physically but your digital tour makes me want to go now! Wow!

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