Olavinlinna Castle

Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna: Address, Olavinlinna Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Olavinlinna Castle
4.5
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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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vossi
Sotkamo, Finland3 contributions
Nice castle with plenty of history
Sep 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 Bradley
London, UK206 contributions
The 'free' views from outside are sufficient
Sep 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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Excursion557138
4 contributions
Big disappointment
Jul 2021 • Family
We visited the castle as a family. Family price was a good value however there wasn't much to see in the castle. During the pandemic they have closed probably the most interesting areas of the castle which was a big disappointment. I had expected more from a castle where they usually organize the big opera festival during summertime.
Tours are available but you should check the times ahead of time.
Written 3 September 2021
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JazK90
Amsterdam, The Netherlands42 contributions
Beautiful medieval castle
Jul 2021 • Couples
Nice big & beautiful castle! Well worth a visit while in the area of Savonlinna! Recommend going on the guided tour to get to know a bit more of the history and see areas that are usually restricted. Friendly guide who spoke English well.
Written 30 July 2021
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Pepita K
Helsinki, Finland66 contributions
Interesting tour behind the scenes of the Savonlinna Opera Festival
Jun 2021 • Friends
As the Savonlinna Opera Festival was cancelled due to the COVID situation, the free guided tour of the castle included a peek behind the scenes of the production. Some of the opera festivals props where already built, so we got to see the stage, backstage area and so on during the tour. The tour also included facts and history of the beautiful castle.

The place has a lot of stairs, but mainly all the routes are easy to walk and explore. You can buy tickets beforehand online or from the port of the castle.
Written 11 July 2021
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Petsku83
Helsinki, Finland525 contributions
Top 5 history sites in Finland
Jun 2021 • Friends
This castle is one of the most important historical sites and one of the oldest buildings in Finland. A must for a history buff, like myself. The castle has a fascinating history connecting Finland to Sweden and Russia, but the building is also very beautiful and situates in a beautiful natural scenery. It has three towers left and each of them has its own history.
Written 11 July 2021
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JnkW
Espoo, Finland43 contributions
Interesting castle, must see in Savonlinna
Jul 2021 • Family
Very interesting castle with history. Had fun walking the walls and exploring the halls with pit stop in the cafeteria. The re-enactment video was a fun watch.
Written 1 July 2021
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B T
London, UK724 contributions
Guide was very good
May 2021
This is a really good castle, one of the best in Finland.
They offer guided tours which last around an hour and leave on the hour and doesn't cost any extra. As of May 2021 due to coronavirus the castle is still open but you can't look around all of it (some of it is also being refurbished). You can see more of the castle on the tour than if you just wander round by yourself. Now, there are not many visitors and luckily due to low numbers they were able to do the tour in English rather than Finnish which was very good of them. The guide was really informative so the tour was worth it.
Written 10 May 2021
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Piia S
Massu, Estonia11 contributions
Dissapointed
Sep 2020 • Friends
Dissapointed. Visited in Sept 2020, the towers were closed and part of the castle under renovation. Yet we had to pay full price and were told about the restrictions after the payment. Didn't feel fair.
Written 1 November 2020
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380ilkkaj
Oulu, Finland12 contributions
A great venue, best castle in Finland
Jul 2020 • Family
A beautiful castle within an easy walking distance from the city center along the picturesque shore. Nice views over the shoreline and a well-developed museum within the walls. A good restaurant with family-friendly lunch pricing and tasty food. A rooftop bar along the battlements.

The free guided tour was definitely worth taking and took us to see places that would have been out of bounds for independent sightseers. When we visited the world-renowned opera festival was cancelled due to COVID-19, which meant we also got to see backstage areas of the festival. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the castle and its history, and passed on some of that knowledge via an entertaining narrative.

After the tour it was fun to wander around by ourselves and see the rest, including a few narrow staircases where signage didn’t give away what was at the other end. We’ve been to a number of castles in Finland and in Europe and I am glad to say this one is the best one in Finland, and beats out many castles in Europe and the UK. Definitely worth a visit.

There’s also a nice free kid’s playground, “Pikku kakkosen leikkipuisto”, on the scenic walk back into the city along the waterfront.
Written 31 July 2020
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