Olavinlinna Castle
Olavinlinna Castle
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The building of Olavinlinna, castle of St. Olaf, began in 1475. The Danish-born founder of the castle, knight Erik Axelsson Tott, decided that a powerful fortification should be build to protect the strategically important Savo region. The castle was supposed to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. The history of Olavinlinna is a mixture of medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and every-day chores inside the security of the castle's thick walls. The changes in the ownership of the castle left their mark on Olavinlinna: this can be seen in the varied architecture of the castle. These days the castle's halls and rooms can be rented and used for all kinds of events.
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Gerard D
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Interesting castle. Join a guided tour, included in entrance price, running on the hour in multiple languages. Suggest starting at the nearby nautical museum and getting a combined museum and castle ticket castle has an excellent cafe that serves very good buffet lunch.
Written 11 June 2024
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Ugurd
Stockholm, Sweden7,769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is one of the most photographed iconic places in Finland. I was happy to finally be able to explore it. it is special in that so much of the old medieval castle is preserved. There are round gun towers, outside passages on the walls and tricky stairs inside the walls. We took a guided tour in Swedish (there are other choices).
Written 4 September 2023
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Tapio K
Uusimaa, Finland64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
While looking for a decent wide-angle shot of the castle from the small island next to it, suddenly an announcement coming from loudspeakers kindly asked visitors to clear the pontoon bridge. I had to stash away the camera and scuttle across just prior to the moment the staff started to rotate the bridge aside for a while, to make way for a passing vessel.

The ticket cost 12 Euros for a single adult which included an optional one-hour guided tour starting every hour. The castle can be explored freely but there are many areas closed to the public, but some of them can be accessed with a guide. I started snooping around solo but due to the maze-like floor plan of the stronghold – and the Keep Out signs – I soon realized it might be a good idea to join a group. So, I asked the guide of a group passing by if I could tag along mid-tour and it turned out it was fine.

Getting guided access to the towers and the upper floors is definitely a great way to experience the site and worth the time invested. Peeking through the windows and holes through the thick walls offer sighting opportunities in nearly all directions. The path through and around the massive stone constructions consists of corridors and spiral stairwells that require a bit of dexterity due to high and uneven steps. However, it's possible to skip parts of the tour so the challenging bits of the route shouldn't be a problem.

The castle has several rooms with historical artifacts and other items on display, and a souvenir shop. The annual Savonlinna Opera Festival has a venue inside of the castle, and for the evening of the visit the stage was set for Fiddler On the Roof.

The Olavinlinna Castle is a key destination in the region and worth a guided visit. The place isn't too crowded, and well prepared to serve visitors in multiple languages.
Written 25 July 2023
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Reslysten54
Vienna, VA2,463 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This strategically placed castle evolved during centuries of battle for control of what was once disputed territory between Sweden and Russia. It is now famous for hosting the annual Opera Festival in Savonlinna.

Tours in Finnish and English are included in the entrance fee. Our tour attracted about 25 participants and another tour leaving at the same time had more people. Given the narrow stairs and hallways, it was sometimes very crowded and a bit chaotic. If you struggle with steep and uneven stairs, this is not for you! But the guide was good and the castle is a history lesson in itself.
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Written 17 July 2022
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Jaana_Soulforge
Vantaa, Finland445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Even our 3,5 year-old was able to sit and listen to the guided tour. Would recommend! You get to go to the tower only with a guide.
Written 13 July 2022
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aekrfk
Newport Beach, CA242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We were expecting to see more than just forests during our eight day self drive Finland tour. Olavinlinna Castle did not disappoint us and it was worth a drive through the beautiful lakes district. It really is a unique castle in a nice town. You must take the tour with a guide. It provides so much more information than just walking through it alone and was reasonably priced. We had the last English tour of the day at 3 pm and it was just us and the guide. It was wonderful and I would say if you are in that area of Finland a must see attraction.
Written 2 June 2022
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Davenium
Vancouver, Canada160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We got to the castle about an hour before closing and spent the next hour exploring. The castle itself is in great shape and there are a number of rooms to explore and some old walk passageways to walk on the outer walls. Can only imagine how cool it would be to see a concert or opera there.
Written 16 April 2022
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The Richie Reel
Ayia Napa, Cyprus160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
we visited out of season and was pretty much the only people there, in main part of Castle it was warm but obviously cold in the outer parts. The reception was very informative with leaflets on the history of the Castle in our language.

Entrance fee was resonable, it was very interesting as many small walkways and stair cases to take you around the outter Castle but not an abundance of artefacts inside.

We managed to go round the whole Castle within a few hours, we have been rushed a little due to outside temp that time of year.

There were area's setup for conferences and meetings which could be quite an original setting for such a thing.

There was parking across the way which was convenient and views of the surrounding lake and areas was lovely from the look outs at the top. Worth a visit if your in the area.
Written 3 February 2022
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vossi
Sotkamo, Finland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
We spend some hours in this nice castle. Many informations to read and you can get some extra information in your native language (at least german was available :) )

One thing I really appreciate and which is quite unusual was, that I could touch things. It sounds stupid, but I was in many castles in my life but I have never had a sword in my hand before :)

Nice view from the castle is includes.
Written 14 September 2021
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John Nicolaides
London, UK233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
The views of the castle from outside are very impressive. However the towers are closed at the moment due to covid. Therefore I didn't think it was worth paying the 12 euros entrance fee.
Written 4 September 2021
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