The buildings belonging to the Ruissalo estate – residential buildings and outhouses near Kansanpuisto – used to be the centre of the island until the 1840's. The main building was rebuilt in 1901, as the old main building dating back to the 1720's had burnt in a fire two years earlier. Also the outhouses were built after the fire. The garden of the estate, established in 1754, included fruit trees and plants used in the kitchen.
Nowadays, the fields of the Ruissalo estate are home to several rare and even endangered species.
During the Middle Ages, there was no permanent accommodation on the island, though it served as a location for fishing and agriculture. During the 13th century, Ruissalo came under the rule of Turku Castle. The island was kept as pasture land until the mid-16th century, when its administration was taken over by the Duke of Finland. During this period, the island served as royal housing, offering a park for hunting as well as fields to feed the inhabitants of Turku Castle. The forest was cut down to make room for crops, consisting mostly of rye.
The Saaronniemi area in Ruissalo provides opportunities for hiking, swimming, sauna bathing, barbecue, minigolf and beach volley. You can use the sauna or go swimming even in winter. Dog owners can take their pets to a dog park or to a swimming beach intended for dogs.
Café Villa Saaro serves visitors in a beautiful villa representing the Empire style. If you wish to stay overnight, you can stay in your trailer in the well-equipped camping area or indoors.
The Botanical Garden of the University of Turku is open throughout the year and has a collection of over 5.000 plant species. The garden consists of six greenhouses and an outdoor garden that is free of charge.
The Botanical Garden has a café that also serves lunch.
The Christmas lights bring joy and light to passers-by, and the City’s animal keeper Ville Roivainen has received plenty of questi
The City Boards of both Helsinki and Turku have decided to continue the cities’ joint Baltic Sea programme in 2019–2023.
You can still drive to the city centre
Even though driving through has been prohibited in Aurakatu, Eerikinkatu, and Linnankatu, it is stil
The survey asks widely about safety and security.
Information on the renovation and excavation of the Market Square is available in the information container in the square.
The 30-year loan is funded with the proceeds of NIB Environmental Bonds.
On Monday 11 June, Turku City Council is going to decide on a Climate Plan that will help with reaching the objective of carbon neutrality.
The event was organized as a part of Baltic Urban Lab project activities and attendees came from partnering cities Tallinn, Norrköping and
A Finnish citizen born in Cameroon, West Africa, Theresia Bilola has obtained a Master’s degree in universities of Oslo (Norway), Aveiro (Portugal)
The City of Turku initiates the city planning of the Turku rail yard area in accordance with the agreement approved by the City Board in November 2
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