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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...more
Savonlinna 57130, Finland
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

In this castle, you can see the most famous operas played in a historic surroundings and if you have chance for this, you better do it. The castle itself is great and now renovated for opera performances, makes it an unforgettable experience. Remember to book...More

1  Thank Sakari M
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Impressive Castle. Guided tours in Russian and English are available. Was hard to understand the English guide though she was very nice and hospitable:-) Most of the rooms are empty. For UNESCO and Finland national site you would think there would be more then just...More

Thank Frqflyer
Reviewed August 7, 2018

This medieval castle offers great and authentic venue for the operas (I saw this year Puccini's Turandot and Tosca) and takes you to the middle of the history. Located on the island, where the water runs on both sides, you can just imagine what it...More

Thank Pentti S
Reviewed August 4, 2018

You are not allow to visit tower without guided tour. There was Finnish and English trip. Entry fee for per adult is 10 euro with guide tour of 45 min. You get much information for your guide and history. Even he/she will take you to...More

2  Thank MaheshP407
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

My first time and we decided to see Tosca, one of my favourite operas. I LOVED IT. The Italian tenor was amazing, the place was amazing, the location was amazing and the whole evening was amazing. Next year again, definitely!!!

Thank Heidi R
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Worth to visit if you are in the area. Ticket is 10 euros per adult. There are every hour guided tours which are worth to participate to get access to the towers and adds some character to the visit. Ella made a very good tour...More

Thank Nina S
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

The castle is very beautiful. English guidingtours goes every hour and take 45 minutes. Put on good shoes. The stairs in the castle is steep. The posters with info are in finnish, swedish and english. Really nice visit.

Thank Marita H
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Great touristattraction with interesting story and nice ”playroom” for the children. A must see for the tourist visiting Savonlinna, also had guidetours in English, Finnish, Swedish and Russian depending on the day you visit the castle. Guidetour takes about 45 min, and we spent about...More

Thank JGR_1980
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

We did a flying visit to the castle as we arrived just before 5pm (it was a long drive from Helsinki). We had time to have a quick look around some of the rooms before going on an English speaking tour of the castle. We...More

Thank JeannetteKH
Reviewed July 21, 2018

The tour of the castle was good and the tour guide was knowledgeable, although it felt a bit rushed at times. Just be prepared to walk up and down very narrow steep stairs to get to the top of the tower. If you can't climb...More

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August 16, 2016|
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Response from Anna R | Reviewed this property |
Hi, unfortunately the Castle will be closed between 19th Dec - 1St Jan because of Christmas. I would suggest you to visit the castle during summer months as the castle and surrounding lake with islads are so beautiful.
May 12, 2016|
Response from vititsa | Reviewed this property |
It should be from 10:00 to 16:00. And the weekends from 11:00. The last tour starts at 15:00. Hope I was helpful. :)