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 took the guided tour and learned many interesting things about the place! The view is great! It's a great place to visit if you don't want to pay the price to enter the inner part!  more »
  • Lovely old Fort. Lots of history. The hourly English language tour is excellent and included in the ticket price.  more »
  • Interesting visit of the Olavinlinna castle which remains in a very good shape The guided tour lasts 50 min and is very well performed, learnt a lot about the history of the castle and his play in...  more »
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  • Great medieval castle with interesting history between two northern powers, Sweden and Novgorod, later Russia. Definitely worth seeing, if visiting the city.
  • I was visiting Savonlinna Opera festival. The performance was talented, the area was nice, everything was working. Not an easy access area!
  • Visited Olavinlinna for our friends wedding and were super impressed by the fortress! Lots of interesting corners to explore!
  • If you are fan of Vikings then you should visit this castle. It is very old and historical. There is English guide available every hour who tells you details about every corner. European students can get discount on ticket price. It is a must visit place to know how the Sweden and Russia captured Finland and to know about the King who brought Christianity in Scandinavia. Stairs are bit small.
  • A very nice place to visit. One of the oldest existing buildings in Finland.

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