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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Reslysten54
Vienna, VA1,947 contributions
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, Finland378 contributions
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, CA224 contributions
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, BC153 contributions
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, Cyprus181 contributions
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
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 Nicolaides
London, UK217 contributions
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
11 contributions
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
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, Finland70 contributions
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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