Flights to Turku
Turku is a city in Finland, situated on the southwest coast of the country. It’s believed to be the oldest city in Finland and features plenty of history, attractive architecture and a picturesque riverside setting.
Flights to Turku Airport (airport code: TKU) all have 2 connections and can take between 20 and 25 hours when coming from South Africa. The airport is 7 kilometres outside the city and there is a public bus service for access between the two. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both have the same route for their flight to Turku through London and Stockholm, and South African Airways makes connections in Frankfurt and Stockholm. A flight to Turku with Lufthansa goes a different way, and will take you to via Munich and Copenhagen.
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The Tourist Attractions of Turku:
Turku has plenty of attractions to make this an interesting alternative to Helsinki if you’re planning to visit Finland. Not only is the city on the coast, it’s at the mouth of the Aura River and the city has developed along the riverside, making this a beautiful setting.
One of the oldest buildings in Finland that’s still in use is Turku Castle. This castle has been a landmark for the town of Turku since it was first built beginning in the 1280s and is now a national landmark for Finland. As well as being one of the oldest buildings in Finland it’s one of the largest surviving medieval castles in the whole of Scandinavia. Turku Castle is open most days of the year for public tours and the dungeons, plus the historical museum inside are always popular.
Turku Cathedral is also one of the oldest buildings still in use in Finland and serves as the central church of the Archdiocese of Turku. It is considered to be the most important religious building in Finland. The original church was wooden and built in the 13th century. It was consecrated in the year 1300 as Finland’s cathedral, and expanded mainly with stone in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Great Fire of Turku badly damaged the cathedral in 1827, but it was rebuilt.
Museums in Turku
As well as the museum within Turku Castle, the city has several others to visit. The Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art (or WAM for short!) is an art museum that has a large focus on the city’s own art collection which features a large collection by Finnish artist Waino Aaltonen.
Aboa Vetus is the place to come if you want to find out more about the history of Turku and it’s located within some of the city’s old buildings, while Ars Nova is another art museum, this one focusing on modern art.
The Medieval Market
If you’re visiting Turku around the end of June you should definitely check out the Medieval Market. This is an annual festival that usually takes place on the last weekend in June within the old market square. The festival has grown year on year since 1996 and includes many re-enactments, people in medieval costumes, handicrafts, performances and more.
When Should You Visit?:
Summer is the best time to visit Turku because the weather is warm and most attractions should be open. June is especially a good month because it has less rainfall than from July onwards and average high temperatures are 20C. Winters are cold, dropping to an average high of -2C in January.