Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna

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. Start your trip to Savonlinna by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • The castle on the outside it is nice but honestly I was a little disappointed. It is very rebuilt but it just has nothing original. And reconstruction... made in brick and concrete. That I said that since they rebuilt it could try to imitate a little as it was originally so it does not backtrack. Inside does not have any type of decoration or anything, very bland. Guided tours are in English and Finnish, but in his favor I will say that they give you a guide on paper in Spanish so that you're reading the story.
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  • Historically significant building in Savonlinna. Also a guided tour is included in the ticket price. The annual Opera Festival held here.
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  • Although a small castle, the guided tour gives you a very interting insight to this site. Don't miss it if you are in medieval histoy  more »
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  • Very nice place to visit to get a chance to visit a place about medieval history. Sweden and Russia border now in Finland.
  • Absolutely gorgeous setting. Listening to the Opera within something so historic was truly an experience. Don't miss watching the sunset against the castle, the Golden hour is absolutely perfect for pictures in the late afternoon.
  • The Olavinlinna castle is one of the most important monuments in Finland. It has a fascinating history and hosts every July magnificent Opera festival.
  • Very poor castle, nice from outside but if you like to visit a castle full of rooms set up for meetings then you'd be happy to pay 9€. Must be nice to watch some events there tho.
  • Beautiful Castle. Especially great in July during Opera festival.

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Where to stay in Savonlinna

Explore Savonlinna and the surrounding Lakeland district from one of the luxury hotels situated in the compact city center--most of which is concentrated on the city's two main islands. This way you can easily tour the town on foot and be within easy reach of the famous Olavinlinna castle. To enjoy the wild countryside and surrounding lakes, opt for a lodge or guesthouse outside of town. Though you'll definitely need access to a car in order to get around, these options provide cheaper rooms, a quaint setting, and sometimes feature bed and breakfast-style options for food.
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