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The City of Turku emerged on the banks of Aurajoki river and the inhabitants still define places based on whether they are on "this" or "the other" side of the river. Strangely enough, this definition does not depend on which side you happen to be on. The older east side is "this" and the newer west side "the other". The sights to see on the eastern bank include the cathedral, the Sibelius Museum, the home museum Ett Hem, the Old Town Centre, the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum, the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, the Municipal Theatre of Turku and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art.

Cross the bridge or take the free Föri ferry to the west bank, where the main attractions include the Turku Castle, Forum Marinum maritime centre and its museum ship fleet (including the full-rigger Suomen Joutsen), as well as the Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House. Closer to Market Square, there is the recently renovated Turku Art Museum, the Market Hall and the magnificent Main Library.

Seafaring for beginners
You don't have to be an avid sailor with experience of sailing the Seven Seas to fully enjoy the uniqueness of the Turku Archipelago. Among the world's largest – and to some among its most beautiful – the archipelago is accessible by foot, bike, connecting vessels, ferries, car or waterbus.

The easiest and quickest way to the Turku Archipelago is to take a cruise departing from the Aurajoki river in Turku. If you prefer more than a day-trip, the Archipelago Ring Road circles the entire archipelago. The route can be completed clockwise and anticlockwise leaving the mainland from either Kustavi or Pargas.

The Turku Archipelago is all about rugged untouched nature, but it also hides surprising oases where you can relax with a round of golf, a spa visit or satisfy the gourmand in you. The local cuisine is high quality and very respected. Look for restaurants with the Skärgårdssmak sign to make sure you enjoy an authentic, delicious quality meal.