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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  • Very nice Castle from the outside with a lot of charm. On the other hand do not visit the inside, we found worse than the french home. Entrance €10 per person, and forced to wait for the guide to visit the castle in full. Castle without furniture no error tables low prices to equip a room rental of meal and other parts that you can visit are in work or badly restored. We wanted to follow the visit which had begun with a group of German, the guide made us leave telling us to wait for the group after. The only downside we understand English and German but the group after the tour was only in British... The cashier gave us no solution, she was busy reading her diary
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  • First got into the castle in winter. In spring and summer, and autumn-better to visit. Free entrance on the first floor "uzhalsja" five years ago you could wander around the courtyard and garden. But within the walls of the castle made a classy free toilet))) Russian tours more than once a day, and much more. Need clarifying.
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  • We visited the fortress already on the way out of town, it was Sunday, and the cashier didn't work. We inspected the public part of the fortress (courtyard, a Knight, a viewing floor). Beautiful, monumental building! Views of the waterscape, shimmering in the Sun, absolutely stunning, especially through the inspection Windows in the wall. Absolutely wonderful opportunity to touch history! (Incidentally, the fortress has a modern restroom, think, for families with young children this is important!)
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  • 500 years old fort. Good guided tour.
  • Tour was good, guide did notice our kids very well
  • A nice water castle restored to a good state. The path to the castle leads over a ponton bridge.
  • Surprisingly small area to see. 2018 there should be other areas open.
  • Cool castle with nice tours. It is not a very special castle in general but the tour with the specific stories makes it a bit more specific.
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