Turku has played a vital and substantial role in Finnish history since it is the oldest city of the country and the first capital of Finland. Founded in 1229 the city is situated in the region of Southwest Finland, which is the oldest inhabited area in Finland, dating back 8,500 years.
The region of Southwest Finland has a population of 443,000 and is divided into five sub-regions. The region is further divided into 28 municipalities, where Turku, with its 177,000 inhabitants, is the biggest.
River Aura is the heart and soul of Turku. A large part of city life – sights, restaurants, and cafés – is concentrated around the banks of the river. A few kilometer journey, from the Cathedral to Turku Castle, following the banks of River Aura, is a fascinating journey through history. It also allows to see, what present day Turku has to offer.
Through Turku Touring and the Turku Convention Bureau you will get information and inspiration for any type of visit: leisure, meetings and festivities, etc. Turku Touring’s Tourist Office is located only two blocks away from the Turku Market Square.
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The enchanting nature and the surrounding Archipelago is a vital essence for foreign visitors. Only 30 minutes away from the city centre, you can find your own little paradise since the Archipelago consists of over 40,000 islands and islets. The peacefulness and freshness that can be found will, by all means, inspire all your senses
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