Turku Castle, Turku

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Explore the medieval Turku Castle, a historical monument that has protected the Aura River since the 13th century. Built in the 1280s as a military fortress to provide protection to the surrounding area and river, this castle is one of the oldest buildings in Finland that is open to the public. View the imposing symbol of medieval architecture, which has survived centuries of sieges and different reigning groups. Experience the original grandeur of this fortress, completely renovated in 1993, with a guided tour that will outline the structure's architectural, cultural, and historical relevance to Finland and other Nordic countries. Plan your Turku Castle visit and explore what else you can see and do in Turku using our Turku road trip planning tool .
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  • Enjoyed our tour of the castle. Learned a lot about the history of Finland and the countries that ruled it for so long. Not handicap accessible  more »
  • It took us 4 hours to go through the entire place and it was so underwhelming. There is nothing worth seeing. There are barely any artifacts of significance. Teh architecture is so average. Waste of t...  more »
  • We had a lovely laid back, trawl through history visiting this historical site, one of the largest, and oldest buildings in Finland. It was built in the late 13th century and has been continually enla...  more »
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  • Hands on experience at a beautifully restored and maintained medieval castle. We happened to visit on a "medieval day" where there were many people dressed for the time period and "playing parts" throughout the castle. These "actors" were super knowledgeable about their "profession" and seemed genuinely invested in and actually aware of the history and background they were conveying. It was amazing. The children's activities were also very well presented and fun for my 5yo. Definitely recommend visiting.
  • Thus was probably the best museum, and best castle (self guided) tour I've ever taken. The displays are very nicely done, the castle is wonderfully restored, and you get to walk through almost all of it. Nicely laid out and lots of stairs to keep you guessing on tour journey through the jail, church, chapel, and even a room where you can try on some of the clothes and sit on a thrown from the era.
  • Very cool place that covers most of Finnish history. Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable, it's a shame that we didn't have enough time to go through everything the museum had to offer in detail though. Definitely worth visiting.
  • A vast castle tour, longer than you would anticipate. Very cool, albeit fairly simplistic. Function over form, but still great. Kids tours are a welcome addition and the staff gets dressed up! The castle participates in the medieval festival as well and your kids can get in on the action!
  • Great experience, good for several hours. Self guide very clearly spoken, all information available in various languages. Experience of many levels: the building itself, the history, clothes, furniture, even the coffee shop were really well executed. Not cheap but well worth it
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