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Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna

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Castle
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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  • It's not the biggest nor best castle in Finland but it is unique and interesting so definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Typically I don't like guided tours in Castles because although you...  more »
  • The construction of the castle was started in 1475 for defence purposes. There is an interesting 3D model video of the castle in three different period of time inside the castle for visitors to see. I...  more »
  • A must see when in Savonlinna. Brought you back to the midevil times. Lays on the lake and is a great picture capture  more »
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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.