Stage 4: Unesco World Heritage sites, Coast & Archipelago, Finland

Scenic Route · Southwest Finland
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91.6 km
138 m
194 m

Turku — Finland’s oldest town, and the gateway to the Archipelago, offers a lot to see and do. The River Aura is the heart and soul of the city.

Turku’s highlights include the River Aura, a formidable castle, a market square and a grand old cathedral. During the summer, the riverbanks come to life when people gather here to eat, drink and listen to music. There are old sailing ships moored in the river, and you can take cruises out into the archipelago. In the summer the city overflows with events and festivals: tango, middle age, music, theatre, art and design. Turku also boasts one of the most beautiful wooden neighbourhoods of the country. Located in the district known as Portsa, these charming historic wooden houses separated by narrow cobblestone streets are just west of the Aura River. There’s plenty to do and see around town. Koroistenniemi in Turku was Finland's key secular and ecclesiastic centre in the 1200s. The City of Turku was settled there during the 13th century. It lies a few kilometres from the Turku market square and it is now used for outdoor recreation and by various local religious groups as a site for ecumenical events.

Author’s recommendation

Turun Sinappi, processed mustard, which Turku is famous for, can be bought from every supermarket.

Highest point
51 m
Lowest point
5 m

Rest Stop

Kauttua Ironworks
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Pirjo Räsänen 
Updated: November 18, 2019

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