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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  • I recommend to admire Olavincastles after dark! Destination lighting brings the different sides of the castle and the history out in a wonderful way.
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  • In the towers and walls of this fortress can be accessed only with a tour, so those who do not know either English or Finnish, will not be very interesting. And our tour guide ran at such speed that we did not have time to consider these very walls. There were no expositions in the fortress itself at that time, and it is a pity: its history is very rich. In this regard, if you want to imagine how people lived in such fortresses at that time, it is better to visit Turunlinna or H'meenlinna.
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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!
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