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Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna
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Built on an island connecting two lakes, Olavinlinna Castle stands as the northernmost stone fortress from the Middle Ages still intact. Founded in 1475 by Knight Erik Axelsson Tott on behalf of the Swedish Crown, it was constructed to protect the Savo region from Russian forces. Explore the stone castle, take in scenic views of the lakes, and visit the castle museum and Orthodox museum to learn more about the history of the structure and region. View artifacts collected from the fortress, religious icons, and items from Finland and Russia. The Savonlinna Opera Festival has been held here since 1912. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Olavinlinna Castle by using our Savonlinna tourist route planner.
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  • The castle is originally medieval, with additions until late 18th century, originally built by Swedes on Russian territory to protect their aquisitions and future conquests. The towers are famous, app...  more »
  • The fortress is not something extraordinary. Especially for a man who traveled extensively in Eastern Europe. But nevertheless, it is worth mentioning a neat place, high entrance fees and interesting moving bridge that leads to the fortress on the island.
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  • Went on holiday in Finland by car and decided to visit the olavinlinna Castle. Like really to what in Vyborg, but little more. While in Vyborg until restored or anything, but here there is an atmosphere of the middle ages. Very interesting excursion runs on different languages, including Russian.
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  • Nice place, good guides several languages, English and Russian as well. If you buy ticket you can join to guided group for tour around the castle. Entarncef for adults 10eur, youngsters till 17 yo. 4.5eur.
  • The Castle was very impressive. I warmly recommend the guided tour, since it was quite amusing and there is no entrance to the towers without the guide.
  • Beautiful Castle
  • Actually, the walk to the castle through the old residential part of Savonlinna was quite interesting. The castle visit was "typical" - not too much new to see. But it is a "must" if you visit the town.
  • Great. Knowledgeable guide was good at all four languages we tried. Everything else was great too.