Turku National Urban Park

Turku’s National Urban Park comprises 15 kilometres of green space, cultural history and the rural landscapes of the River Aura valley. The urban park begins at the living history of Kurala Village and continues through Finland’s oldest city centre out to the oak groves on the island of Ruissalo, all the way to the shores of the Airisto Sea. The national urban park is formed from the heart of Turku – the birthplace for city culture within Finland.

It is best to explore the urban park by bike or on foot along the 20 km route, which begins at Kurala Village and meanders with the landscape of the River Aura valley toward the city. The site of the Cathedral steeple indicates you are approaching the historic city centre. Soon the riverside transforms to an urban oasis of recreation. Travel along the riverside in the shade of the grand deciduous trees admiring the historic parks and buildings of the city centre. When arriving at Turku Castle you have already reached the halfway point. The next stop is the port, where the importance of maritime trade to the city’s history is still in evidence. After crossing the bridge to Ruissalo you’ll quickly understand why thousands of people in Turku choose to visit the island for their free time, again and again. The island’s verdant paradise, once a hunting ground for the court of Turku Castle, contains a natural and unique oak forest as well as charmingly beautiful wooden houses known as lace villas.

You’ll find the national urban park passes through the National Urban Park Bicycle Trail from the Citynomadi service, which can be used by downloading the smartphone app. Explore other excellent urban-park tours via Citynomadi, including a guide to the Ruissalo trails as well as Turku’s historic parks.

The national urban parks are a valuable network of environments that comprise cultural and natural landscapes as well as an extensive recreational area. The Ministry of the Environment decided to establish the Turku National Urban Park in June of 2013.