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Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna
(4.5/5 based on 360 reviews on the web)
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 wonderful sights of Finland attract many tourists. Enjoy trips to beautiful places the edge of thousand lakes. Our excursion was from Vyborg Castle St. OLAF to olavinlinna Castle. Dive in the middle ages.
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  • Perfectly preserved Castle, which is worth exploring with different coasts which will need to be like around. Inside all is much less interesting. Free entrance to the fortress, but the Interior inspection inside the already paid, though completely optional, as watch towers and halls inside the towers and walls. Together with the ticket you will be given a free booklet about fortress, as well as printouts describing halls in Russian (they must be returned after inspection). Every hour to buy tickets guided tours in English. With a guided tour, you can go through the spiral staircases to the upper tiers, where not allowed unorganized tourists. You can buy your ticket for inspection only fortresses, or for exploring the nearby Museum of local lore (10 euros). For families with children in strollers to visit do not recommend. Or keep children's hand and foot or slings.
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  • Beautiful fortress with ancient history. When buying a ticket issue Guide, but they are scarce Exposition. It would be more interesting if it had added more exhibits with interactive elements, antiques.
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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.