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According to ancient documents, Turku has been sitting by the Aura River since 1229. The river is the heart of the city together with the Castle and the Cathedral, marking the three points of the city between which all the major sights can be found.
At summertime, the banks of the river are full of life as locals and tourists alike gather to eat, drink and listen to music in one of the many old sailing ships moored there, or just having a picnic in the grass. The river is also the departure point of the cruises to the archipelago or the neighbour town of Naantali. From the Turku Harbor, daily cruise ships sail across the Baltic Sea towards Sweden.
Turku was the European Capital of Culture in 2011, and the buzz hasn’t stopped since. The city overflows with events and festivals: tango, jazz, middle age, marathon, triathlon, theatre, gastronomy, art, design and much more.