Turku, European capital of culture
The country has spent 50 million euros to make Turku the European Capital of Culture 2011. A total of 1,500 events, mostly free, are organized with the participation of around 15,000 artists. The full program is available at Turku2011.fi.
The opportunity to visit this very ancient city, which certainly does not lack charm, as shown by the growing influx of tourists who visit it.
The history of Turku Castle dates back to 1280. It is one of the few remaining medieval buildings, the city having been destroyed by fire in the 19th century. Don't miss a visit to the Turku Historical Museum at the castle, which will teach you more about the history of the city.
Called Moumines, these nice trolls are very popular with children, and can be found at the Muumimaailma amusement park ("the world of Moumines"), 16 km from Turku.
Go to the sauna
The sauna is an integral part of Finnish life. There are about half a million of them all over the country, and almost every Turku hotel has one.
Visit the islands
The Turku Archipelago (or Finnish Archipelago) is made up of more than 20,000 islands in the Baltic Sea, connected by bridges, ferries and sea taxis. It is said to be the largest archipelago in the world in number of he is. Some are deserted, others offer spas or restaurants, and are ideal for hiking or cycling. To party. With its two universities, it's no surprise that Turku has a vibrant nightlife scene with bars and nightclubs open until the early hours of the morning.
More information on www.visitfinland.com and www.turku.fi