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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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  • A worthy place to visit, be sure to go with excursion into the Interior of the fortress. Visited with family and friends in no time. I am sure more will because love vacationing in the area of SAVO, East Finland. The fortress is especially beautiful in the summer, late spring and Golden in autumn, when the Greens, flowers, a large number of ducks on the Lake and close to the tourists. Stunning views from lookouts. When there is an influx of tourists in the off-season, bad weather compensated pleasant society Guide, who will show, will tell you and answer all your questions. We were 28 March with friends from America. The excursion was conducted in English, but everyone was given the French and, in addition, each room has information in English, Finnish and Russian. The guide is not pressed, could resemble, look and read. With us was a 10-year-old daughter, she too enjoyed the excursion with a beautiful story of love and betrayal. After visiting the inside, we trawled in courtyards of the fortress. Already, looked into the cinema, man on 15. Small, cosy lounge where you can once again plunge into the history of the fortress, after watching 10 minute film and take (free) memory card.
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  • Still there in spite of many efforts to suggest a surrender since 15th century. Easy to defend due to a swift current on both sides of the castle. Opera lovers visit it during the midsummer season and...  more »
  • Savolinna Castle is a huge perfectly preserved fortress where an international music festival takes place, going around it is a true experience
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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.