Turku is the oldest city and first capital of Finland, situated on the south-western coast by a unique archipelago of over 20,000 islets. The port is in a sheltered place at the mouth of the river Aura, which runs through the city. Right next to the port is the medieval Turku castle. Downtown is only 3 km away – a nice walk along the riverbanks full of sights, shops, restaurants, pubs and happenings.
Turku, the cultural city of Finland, offers a wide variety of museums and cultural events. Popular ones are the Sibelius museum (dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius), the medieval market days and Turku music festival. A new favourite is Logomo, a spacious and modern venue for conferences, exhibitions and concerts, converted from an old engine workshop of the state railways. It was the main venue during Turku's European Capital of Culture year in 2011. The Ruisrock festival, splendid nature and manor houses in and around Turku attract visitors, too.
Turku is also modern - a highly innovative technical centre, an international place where many foreign-born people work and study.