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Turku Travel Guide, Finland

Turku, Finland - Overview

Turku is a very interesting city mostly because of the intense history that it has had.  That intense history has bred a lot of intense culture and for that reason, this town of 175,000 people is one of the most beautiful and serene in the entire country.  Turku was actually the most important city in Finland for a very long time and there are still elements of that former prominent position in the country present in Turku for people to see.  Turku is home to an archipelago that is exceptionally beautiful and because of all of the natural beauty that is present, summertime is by far the best period of the year in which to visit the city.

When you visit Turku, you will very likely see evidence of its old time imperial nature all over the place and in this sense, it is a bid of a surprise to most people.  When people think of imperial cities in Europe they tend to think of places like London and Paris as well as places in Eastern Europe such as Moscow.  If people think about any imperial city in the Nordic region chances are good that it would be Stockholm and that is why this side of Turku is really a very well-kept secret.  If you see the signs of the old buildings for yourself, you might actually be amazed that such a thing could be present in a city like Turku.

Getting into Turku could potentially present a frustrating situation to some people, especially if you are someone that is interested in getting to Turku directly.  It is the classical intra-country city in the sense that most of its network connections are within the same country.  This means that while in official statistics Turku has a lot of connections to the traffic flow network, few of them are international in nature. 

A good example of this is the Turku Airport, one of the largest airports in the country.  It has fantastic service to other places in Finland and in fact has regular flights departing for a total of 22 different Finnish cities.  In terms of international flights, there are flights that go to Stockholm in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark, but both of these flights are sparse in nature.  Aside from the aerial route, it is also possible to get to Turku by car, bus, train and boat although all of these options are once again primarily intra-country options with the possible exception of people planning to drive across Europe in a single automobile.

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