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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  • August 16, 2017
    The castle on the outside it is nice but honestly I was a little disappointed. It is very rebuilt but it just has nothing original. And reconstruction... made in brick and concrete. That I said that since they rebuilt it could try to imitate a little as it was originally so it does not backtrack. Inside does not have any type of decoration or anything, very bland. Guided tours are in English and Finnish, but in his favor I will say that they give you a guide on paper in Spanish so that you're reading the story.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Historically significant building in Savonlinna. Also a guided tour is included in the ticket price. The annual Opera Festival held here.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Although a small castle, the guided tour gives you a very interting insight to this site. Don't miss it if you are in medieval histoy  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    After nearly 20 years have passed, it's still the highlight of our trip to Finland. We were there to see a ballet with Finnish friends. Beautiful and magical! Don't miss it!
  • June 2, 2017
    Really nice old castle.
  • June 24, 2017
    Great historical site.
  • May 22, 2017
    Beautiful but expensive to enter (the tower) and only finnish guided tours.
  • January 28, 2017
    Avery interesting place, better to go with a guide whi can tell you a lot of facts about the fortress.

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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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