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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 just amazing. Guided tours include access to paid leave every hour on the flat, in the summer, guided tours in different languages e.g. in English, Russian and Swedish. I highly recommend the Hole rounds.
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  • Olavinlinna Castle is perhaps the finest Castle in Finland. The guide comes with access to the Castle and hear its history. In January, a visit to the castle of etteo was mentioned in the winter time to reach all the places where the summer is taking place. The tour has taken only about half an hour. You probably need to visit in the summer once again.
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  • Savonlinna has not very much top sights, but this castle certainly is! Location is marvellous and photogenic, both during the dayh and at night. It has a very interesting history. I joined the free to...  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.