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Address: Savonlinna 57130, Finland
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The building of Olavinlinna, castle of St. Olaf, began in 1475. The...

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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Never conquered

Still there in spite of many efforts to suggest a surrender since 15th century. Easy to defend due to a swift current on both sides of the castle. Opera lovers visit it during... read more

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Helsinki, Finland
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Still there in spite of many efforts to suggest a surrender since 15th century. Easy to defend due to a swift current on both sides of the castle. Opera lovers visit it during the midsummer season and castle lovers off the season. The bridge is available for both groups making entrance easier than it was during my first visit in... More 

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Amsterdam
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65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Savonlinna has not very much top sights, but this castle certainly is! Location is marvellous and photogenic, both during the dayh and at night. It has a very interesting history. I joined the free tour (which as priate in the end) and although I normally do my own tour and don't use (real or audio) guides, I do certainly recommend... More 

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23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Great Olaf's Castle in Savonlinna. Is a 15th-century - three towel castle. You can see inside small exhibitions. It is very nice to walk inside and think about how was earlier living in the Castle.

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Savonlinna, Finland
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The castle is originally medieval, with additions until late 18th century, originally built by Swedes on Russian territory to protect their aquisitions and future conquests. The towers are famous, appearing even in Hergé's album King Ottokar's Sceptre. Fallen in disuse after 1809 it has seen some restoration in 20th century. Little interior is preserved but the history of this border... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Great views, rare snow in November. Wife, kids and I were taken on a tour to the towers, hidden operatic chambers and some beautiful vistas. Our guide was a nice gentleman, very well versed in local stories.

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Lahti, Finland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 October 2016

There was some sort of renovation going on. We visited on a saturday, October 1st. We went to the Riihisaari museum first, and bought joint entrance tickets to the museum and the castle, which costed 10 euros a person. However, when we arrived at the castle, no staff was there at all, to whom we can show the tickets. We... More 

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Boliden, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

If you are nearby, it is definitely worth a visit. The view from the castle is also very nice, above the lakes,

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Ardea, Italy
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

The castle is set on the lake and it's a good location for your photos. It's not very big, you can explore it during one hour. Tickets for 9 € or 10 € including the museum. You cannot visit the towers without the guides. Sometimes on the ground floor there are classical music tests

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent tour in English, got to see and experience a unique part of Finnish history. Steep medieval stairs, especially the 39 steps to the high tower may be challenging for little ones, and pretty much inaccessible for anyone with mobility issues. Beautiful location to see in late August.

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New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Visited the castle at night for the opera. What a wonderful experience. The castle can be viewed from both the water and land, though should be seen from both. Amazing castle surrounded by water.

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