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The Olavinlinna castle at Savonlinna lake, Karelia, Finland, Europe
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This charming town is magnificently situated on a string of islands separating lakes Haapavesi and Pihlajavesi, forming part of Saimaa lake system. Savonlinna grew up in the shadow of Olav Castle (Olavinlinna), built on an island, and has frequently been subject to conflicts involving this strategically important fortress. Arriving from the east over the bridge spanning the Kyrönsalmi strait, visitors have a marvellous view of the castle and its island.

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Tourist attractions Savonlinna : Things to see and do

  • At this bustling waterside market place with an almost Mediterranean feel, visitors mingle with inhabitants and the steamers await their contingent of tourists.

  • This triangular fortress with three towers on one side is dedicated to St Olaf. It was built in 1475 by Erik Axelsson Tott to protect the kingdom's eastern provinces. It was extended, and two towers added in the 16-17C, but these were razed when the ..

  • This museum located next to the castle on the island of Riihisaari has a section dedicated to regional history (ground floor), including an interesting model that illustrates the pratice of floating logs down rivers: a technique that is very widely u..

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Hotels Savonlinna

  • Summer Hotel Villa Aria Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Puistokatu 15 FIN - 57100 Savonlinna

    This hotel is set in a renovated late 19th-century building by the shores of Lake Saimaa. It offers free WiFi and rooms with minibars and seating areas. Summer Hotel Villa Aria’s spacious rooms feature fresh décor and high ceilings. Most provide lak..

  • Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Savonlinna

    Kauppatori 4-6 FIN - 57130 Savonlinna

    Prix Prices from : 74 €

    This hotel is on Savonlinna’s main square, Kauppatori, right by Lake Saimaa. It provides free internet and sauna access and a rooftop lake-view restaurant. Savonlinna-Kauppatori Station is 100 metres away. Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Savonlinna'..

  • Best Western Spahotel Casino Four stars Four stars Four stars Four stars

    Kylpylaitoksentie 7 FIN - 57130 Savonlinna

    Prix Prices from : 75 €

    Situated on a private island on Lake Saimaa, this hotel is 500 metres from central Savonlinna. It offers free pool, gym and sauna access, as well as free WiFi, free private parking and rooms with a balcony. All rooms at Best Western Spahotel Casino ..

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