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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  • We visited the fortress already on the way out of town, it was Sunday, and the cashier didn't work. We inspected the public part of the fortress (courtyard, a Knight, a viewing floor). Beautiful, monumental building! Views of the waterscape, shimmering in the Sun, absolutely stunning, especially through the inspection Windows in the wall. Absolutely wonderful opportunity to touch history! (Incidentally, the fortress has a modern restroom, think, for families with young children this is important!)
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  • Impressive fortress! The excursion is worth 10 euros per person. Without a guide in the tower are not allowed. Excursion runs every hour. In winter only in Finnish, Russian translation in printed form.
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  • The first Swedish fortress built for the standoff shot artillery. Only from 1917 onwards it's called Olavinlinna. The story of her battle, successfully defended her many times and not once took the attack. We were in January Saturday, tours are conducted in the Russian language at the beginning of each hour. Ours began in 14:00. It would be the foreign academic and boring, but the native with jokes and stories flying hour undetectably. Before the pontoon bridge free car parking.
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  • A nice water castle restored to a good state. The path to the castle leads over a ponton bridge.
  • Very nice but was not open since 18/12 till January 2 or 4. However beautiful place ❤️
  • Very nice place to visit to get a chance to visit a place about medieval history. Sweden and Russia border now in Finland.
  • The Olavinlinna castle is one of the most important monuments in Finland. It has a fascinating history and hosts every July magnificent Opera festival.
  • 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.

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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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