9 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Visit Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Rock Church for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Kansallisgalleria and Kotka Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum (in Kotka) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Castle Hill). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the activities along Ruoholahti Canal, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, then get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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