Turku Art Museum
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The former capital of Finland, Turku still has something to be proud of—it’s being one of the country’s leading destinations for tourists from all over the world.

Turku, also the official oldest Finnish city, has a lot of sights to offer to its visitors. The first things that come to mind when talking about Turku as a tourist spot are the Turku Cathedral and Castle, which has existed for more than eight centuries now. The Turku Cathedral is one of the most historically important and well-loved cathedrals in the country. The Finnish museums in Turku, which feature interesting artifacts from the medieval times, are as historically significant as the Cathedral.

Aside from sightseeing, you can do a lot of other things in Turku. It has plenty of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops, and other establishments where you can have fun dining, shopping, and experiencing life in Finland.

The best time to spend vacation in Turku is during the Yuletide holiday. Turku is not called the official Christmas City of Finland for nothing. The city celebrates the Yuletide season by holding a number of events and festivities, which are of course, open to all tourists. Turku even holds a yearly official Christmas Declaration ceremony each Christmas eve at the Old Great Square.

The hundreds of outlying islands from Turku are worth exploring, especially in summer when the weather is fine. The islands off the shore of Turku are easy to navigate, thanks to the roads and bridges that link them together.

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