Turku The Essential
Provincial capital of southwest Finland and second largest entry point into the country after Helsinki, Turku ("market place" in old Finnish) developed around a trading post at the mouth of River Aurajoki, in a region boasting some of the country's oldest traditions. For centuries Turku was Finland's capital and "cradle of civilisation". It preserves this reputation thanks to a lively cultural and intellectual scene. The river bisects the city and seven hills provide a wide variety of landscapes.
The main castle boasts many admirable