Staying at a hotel in Turku is a fascinating cultural experience. Voted the European Capital of Culture in 2011, Turku is teeming with history, dating back to its 13th century beginnings. For hundreds of years, Turku was the most important city in Finland, being replaced by Helsinki only in the late 19th century. Today, Turku is the sixth-largest city in Finland and one of the country's most important business and cultural centres. Whether your interests are in art, history, music, or technology, Turku has something to keep you occupied and intrigued.
Where should I go to experience Turku?
To really experience this one-of-a-kind city, you must immerse yourself in its history of art and music. During the summer months, the banks of the Aura River at the heart of the city are flooded with locals and residents alike. Walking along the cobblestones of this medieval city, with views of Turku Castle in sight, visitors cannot help but be charmed. It might be hard to imagine that these old buildings are often the backdrops for rock and electronic music festivals, which light up the city throughout the year!
What are some of the main businesses of Turku?
Due to its strategic location at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku's economy has, for hundreds of years, been dominated by a commercial and passenger seaport. Today, millions of passengers regularly travel between Turku and Stockholm or Mariehamn. In addition, Turku is home to the Turku School of Economics, as well as the Turku Science Park. The park hosts over 300 companies, mainly in the areas of biotechnology and information technology. Finland itself boasts a highly competitive economy, with much to offer the rest of the world.
When should I book a stay at a hotel in Turku?
Whatever time of year you choose to stay at a hotel in Turku, there will be something to grab your attention. During July the city honours its medieval heritage with an authentic Medieval Market, while at different points throughout the year it becomes a buzzing city of modern life with the Down by the Laituri rock festival and one of the largest electronic music festivals in Northern Europe, the New Music Festival. And all year round, history lovers will have multitudes to choose from during business travel to Turku.