Seniors Visit Turku, Finland Artistic Haven

Apr 28th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Recently THE WEEK Magazine had a short article on Turku and called the site one of “Finland’s most inviting” cities. Why? It was named by the European Union as one of the 2011′s two Capitals of Culture. It has been for some time one of Nordic Europe’s best-kept secrets.” It was once one of Finland’s “most important cities.” Today it is called an “artistic haven” with a year-long cultural festival.

Turku is situated on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River. It is located in the region of Finland Proper. It is believed that Turku came into existence during the end of the 13th century which makes it the oldest city in Finland. Turku quickly became the most important city in Finland and retained that status for hundreds of years until Finland became part of the Russian Empire in 1809 and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland was transferred to Helsinki in 1812. After that Turku continued to be the most populous city in Finland until the end of the 1840s. Today Turku remains a regional capital and is an important location for business and culture.

TripAdvisor has a nice listing of hotels, B&Bs, Top-rated things to do as well as the Top-Rated Restaurants for seniors to enjoy. Among the best-deals in town are the finest hotels for you to consider.

Yahoo Travel can also be of help before you arrive. It is not a small city with approximately 175 000 inhabitants. The city is well connected domestically, but sparsely connected internationally. Perhaps the most scenic way to get to Turku is by taking a passenger ferry across the Baltic Sea, from Stockholm in Sweden. The vast majority of the city’s sights are within two kilometres of the Kauppatori market square that is considered as the heart of the city. The river Aura passes through the center of the city, and its banks are very popular for walking along on, allowing for a pleasant stroll from, say, the city centre to the Turku Castle.

As the European Cultural Capital of 2011 this site focuses on the major reasons that attract tourists from all over the world. It is also a major cruise destination for avid senior cruisers. Turku Touring’s Tourist Information serves travelers and citizens in the center of Turku in Aurakatu 4. Here you can access brochures and expert information on the entire province. TurkuCard – visitor´s benefit card, cruise and sightseeing tickets, T-shirts with Turku-theme, travel books and maps are available as well.   The center of the fertile agricultural region of SW Finland, it is also the country’s largest winter port and an important industrial city. Its manufactures include shipbuilding, machinery, food, and textiles; tourism is also important. 

Dozens of photos may help you with your decision to visit Turku. This YouTube video gives a good impression of the city. Need a map? Try this site and locate the city west of Helsinki, the capital. Ha trevlig resa.    jeb



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