Crossing over Aurajoki and down Linnankatu and then heading towards the mouth of the river will bring you to Turku Castle. If you don’t fancy the walk, hop on bus #1 from the market square. The featureless 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.

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