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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

  • Market Place of Savonlinna Recommended Recommended

    Kauppatori FIN - 57100 Savonlinna

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

  • St Olav Fortress Recommended Recommended

    Linnankatu FIN - 57100 Savonlinna

    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 ..

  • Maakuntamuseo of Savonlinna Interesting

    Eerikintatu FIN - 57100 Savonlinna

    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 Vuorilinna

    Kylpylaitoksentie 5 FIN - 57200 Savonlinna

    Situated on the picturesque Kasinosaari Island, this hotel is within 5 minutes’ walk of Savonlinna-Kauppatori Station and the main street, Olavinkatu. It offers functional accommodation with free private parking. Summer Hotel Vuorinlinna’s simply fu..

  • Summer Hotel Tott

    Satamakatu 1 FIN - 57130 Savonlinna

    Located 500 metres from Savonlinna Train Station, this hotel is 10 minutes’ walk from the 15th-century Olavinlinna Castle. All rooms offer free internet, a TV and minibar. All bathrooms at Summer Hotel Tott include a shower and hairdryer. Some rooms..

  • 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..

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