7 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

7 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, get advice or help at Turku City Library, step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku online trip itinerary maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to Turku is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Turku is 1 hour. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get a bit cooler in Turku: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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