Experiences

My Trip to Turku, Finland

  • Sean Longfellow
  • 26 Oct

Turku is a quiet small city in Finland. It was mid-March when I went. The snow is still thick, the sea is frozen, and there is snow on it. It is said that the sea ice is 50 cm thick. The whole city is divided into two halves by River Aurajoki. Most of the city's attractions are centered on this river and distributed on both sides of the river. There are no less than ten museums in the city. My favorites are Turku Castle and Handicraft Muserm. Basically, all attractions can be reached on foot, and the bus in the city costs 2 euros per time.

Basically, you can travel around the town in 2 days. The main attractions and personal feelings of Turku are as follows.


1. Turku Castle

A defensive castle built-in 1280. The visit is divided into a medieval part and a Renaissance part. The interior decoration of the castle is also based on the characteristics of the two periods. There are also displays of aristocratic clothes and toys. I personally feel that the castle itself is more visible, and it looks like a huge maze when visiting, full of mystery.

Time: about 3 hours
Transportation: It is about 20 minutes walk from the city center or 5 minutes by tram 1 at Market Place.
Opening hours: 10:00-15:00, until 18:00 in summer
Tickets: 6 euros


2. Handicraft Muserm

In the fire of 1827, the only remaining wooden structure in the village. A large-scale village, each one is a different hand workshop. When I go in winter, there are basically no visitors. The doors that can be opened are all inserted with keys. You need to open the small wooden door by yourself, like a treasure hunter, but every hut does hide its own beautiful little secrets. . You can ask the ticket office for a map of museums, and you can know what each room does when you visit. However, the disadvantage of going in winter is that no one demonstrates the situation in the house, and the photos seem to be there in summer.

Time: about 3 hours
Transportation: walking distance
Opening hours: 10:00-15:00, until 18:00 in summer
Tickets: 4 Euro


3. Turku Cathedral & Catherdral Muserm

Turku Castle and Turku Castle are located at both ends of the river. The exterior of the church is relatively simple, but the interior is extremely gorgeous, which is very worth seeing. There are some displays of religious objects from the 14th century on the second floor, but not many things.

Time: about 30 minutes
Transportation: walking
Opening hours: 9:00-19:00, until 20:00 in summer
Tickets: The church does not require an entrance ticket, the entrance ticket of the museum is 2 euros


4. Aboa Ventu & Ars Nova Museum

The first floor of the museum is actually a medieval house that was discovered when digging the ground. Now that part of it has been excavated and combined with the modern architecture of the museum itself, it feels very novel. There is an introduction to Turku's history on the museum's display panel. There is also a wishing well with equipment for engraving special wishing coins (charged). There are some contemporary art displays on the second floor.

Time: about 1 hour
Transportation: walking
Opening hours: 11:00-19:00
Tickets: 8 Euro


5. Pharmacy Museum & the Qwensel House

In addition to the old bottles and jars for making medicines, the classical furniture and decorations in the museum are also very attractive. The red house where the museum itself is built was built in the 18th century and is the oldest well-preserved middle-class house. The door of the museum is on the side facing the river. There is no house plate in English, but there is a staircase in front of the door, and there is a sign next to it with opening hours. You should be able to find it if you pay attention.

Time: 30 minutes
Transportation: walking
Opening hours: 10:00-15:00, until 18:00 in summer
Tickets: 4 Euro


6. Turku Art Museum

The National Art Museum has beautiful and classical architecture. There are some paintings and sculptures on the first and second floors. Photography is prohibited in the museum.

Time: more than 30 minutes, depending on your interest in the exhibition
Transportation: walking
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00-17:00
Tickets: 6 euros


7. Sibelius Museum

The museum named after the Finnish musician Sibelius is divided into two floors above ground and underground. On the ground floor, there are displays of musical instruments of different periods and cultures, as well as a small concert hall. The basement has Sibelius' head and occasional displays. Photography is prohibited in the museum.

Time: 30 minutes-1 hour
Transportation: walking
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11: 00-14: 00 Wednesday from 18:00-20: 00 also open
Tickets: 3 Euro


8. Forum Marinum

The Maritime Museum is divided into two buildings. The white modern building is an exhibition of small boats, the red brick building has many displays of submarines, engines, etc., and there is also a modern galleon parked on the sea outside. There is also a restaurant in the red building. The toll office of the restaurant is also the entrance of the exhibition hall. When the receptionist presses the switch, the iron door will open automatically. The same door will open automatically when it comes out.

Time: 45 minutes or more, depending on whether you are interested in the boat time
Transportation: Take tram 1 or walk for 15 minutes from the city center, and walk for 5 minutes from Castle
Opening hours: 11:00-18:00, summer to 19:00
Tickets: 7 euros, 12 euros for boarding tickets in summer


9. Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art

It is also an art museum, which displays various contemporary art from time to time. When I went there, it was an exhibition of photographic works. The pavilion is not very big, mainly on the first floor, and the floor has only a small room.

Time: more than 30 minutes, see if you have studied art
Transportation: walking
Opening hours: 11:00-19:00
Tickets: 5-6 euros, depending on the exhibition


10. Biological Museum

Natural Museum. The house is on a small hillside, antique. There are not many exhibits inside, there are more than 10 display windows in total, each with some specimens arranged in a natural ecological environment. You can ask the conductor for an English booklet to look at the animal's name against the corresponding exhibit location. But personally think it is more suitable for children. In addition, when turning into the intersection, there is a huge wire spider web on the mountain facing the river, which is also fun.

Time: 15 minutes
Opening hours: 10:00-15:00, summer to 18:00
Transportation: walking
Tickets: 4 Euro

These are all museums open in winter, and Ett Hem Museum is only open from May to September. Ett Hem Museum is a private museum that displays the houses and home furnishings of the middle and upper class at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Kalamaki is a farm museum, showing the customs of the southwestern suburbs of Finland, and Mooming World (Mooming World), a bit like Disneyland, but with the theme of the local cartoon star Moomin family, both of them are only open in summer. The other St. Michael church in the city is also very big. It has two tall spires. It does not charge tickets. It is located near the train station. It is relatively new and very different from the old cathedral in style. You may wish to watch it if you have time. Look.

I personally feel that if you stay in Turku for 2 days, you can buy a 48-hour Turku card for 28 Euros, which includes all the museums listed above except Mooming World. In addition, you can also unlimited times during the validity period of the card. Take the city bus. I have calculated that it would cost more than 50 euros if all museums are normally entered. If it's a day, the 24-hour Turku Card costs 21 Euros. Unless you go in for every one of them, it's not very cost-effective. Unless otherwise specified, the museum is closed on Mondays. This is also true in other European cities. Stores generally open from 10:00 to 16:00 in winter and close on Sundays, except for restaurants and supermarkets.

When arranging the itinerary, pay attention to reasonable arrangements according to the closing time, and arrange the art museums that close late at the end of the day. In addition, Turku Castle and Forum Marina can be visited together. They are both on the west side of the river and relatively far away from other attractions.

Remember to go to the tourist information center next to Market Place before you start the tour, open from 8:30 to 18:00. You can get a detailed map and a thick brochure that introduces Turku's attractions and culture, you can also inquire about bus routes, and you can purchase a Turku card. If you buy a card, you can also get a brochure that introduces all the museums, including the museum's operating hours, ticket prices, etc.

Although Turku is a small city, the prices are not cheap at all. If you are a poor traveler, be prepared to eat Turkish Kebab (Turkish meat sandwich film, 4.5 Euro) or local fast food Hesburger (6.2 Euro). If you go to a restaurant, the amount of Finnish food is still very large. Just order the main course directly. Our Chinese stomach may even have a problem with the whole main course. The prices of fish dishes and meat dishes are generally 12-16 Euros.


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