Crossing back over Aurajoki and down Linnankatu and then heading towards the mouth of the river will bring you to harbour-hugging Turku Castle (Tues–Sun 10am–6pm; €9). If you don’t fancy the walk, hop on bus #1 from the market square. The somewhat featureless whitewashed exterior conceals a maze of cobbled courtyards, corridors and staircases, with a bewildering array of finds and displays a 37-room historical museum. The castle probably went up around 1280; its gradual expansion accounts for the patchwork architecture.

At the harbour several historic ships are moored, including the 1902-built 100m-long Suomen Joutsen, evoking something of the city’s erstwhile maritime clout. To get the nitty-gritty on all things nautical, visit the diverting harbour-side Forum Marinum (June–Aug daily 11am–7pm; Sept–May Tues–Sun 11am–7pm; €8) where the new permanent exhibition colourfully runs the gamut of several centuries of maritime history.

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