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. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Savonlinna fast, fun, and easy.
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  • Dissapointed. Visited in Sept 2020, the towers were closed and part of the castle under renovation. Yet we had to pay full price and were told about the restrictions after the payment. Didn't feel...  more »
  • A beautiful castle within an easy walking distance from the city center along the picturesque shore. Nice views over the shoreline and a well-developed museum within the walls. A good restaurant with....  more »
  • We didn't take a guided tour as they were sold out. We got to walk around, there wasn't much of anything inside. The views very nice from the wall. Not disapointed that we wen't but I would not...  more »
  • Great medieval castle with interesting history between two northern powers, Sweden and Novgorod, later Russia. Definitely worth seeing, if visiting the city.
  • I was visiting Savonlinna Opera festival. The performance was talented, the area was nice, everything was working. Not an easy access area!
  • Visited Olavinlinna for our friends wedding and were super impressed by the fortress! Lots of interesting corners to explore!
  • If you are fan of Vikings then you should visit this castle. It is very old and historical. There is English guide available every hour who tells you details about every corner. European students can get discount on ticket price. It is a must visit place to know how the Sweden and Russia captured Finland and to know about the King who brought Christianity in Scandinavia. Stairs are bit small.
  • A very nice place to visit. One of the oldest existing buildings in Finland.

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