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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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  • This castle provides a glimpse of history from the late 13th century and all the way up to current day. Partially, it is well told, through e.g. illustrative models that trace the centuries of... 
    This castle provides a glimpse of history from the late 13th century and all the way up to current day. Partially, it is well told, through e.g. illustrative models that trace the centuries of...  more »
  • A very nice example of Nordic medieval castles. I can recommend a guided tour, but it's also very easy to explore the castle on your own. 
    A very nice example of Nordic medieval castles. I can recommend a guided tour, but it's also very easy to explore the castle on your own.  more »
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  • Quite interesting, but with all the 7 floors one can not study all about it all at once. I recommend 3 hours for the visit arrive well prepared with your bottle of water and the castle's guide audio downloaded (if you need it). Tell your socials that sometimes you won't be online, the signal is low in some areas. I gave 1 less star for most of the readings were so low we had to crouch. Have fun there!
  • I underestimated how interesting this visit would be! The perfect mixture of medieval history, restoration, and modern use of the premises. The place is really impressive and the restoration is amazing. Even the places you can rent for events are shown and they are huge and cozy. You must set aside a few hours for this visit however, especially if you are interested in the exhibitions. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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