Savonlinna Things to Do

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    Provincial Museum.

    by Askla Updated Jun 24, 2015

    On a small island named Riihisaari next to the island where the castle is looming, is the Savonlinna Provincial Museum and Saimaa Nature Exhibition centre located. The exhibitions concentrate mostly on the sailing on lake Saimaa as well as the hard life in the olden days, like tar burning and lake or dredging. During the summer period there are a few steamers moored close by, open to visits. However, there were no steamers when I visited in the beginning of June, perhaps too early.

    Opening hiurs: 1 June-31 August daily 11.00 - 18.00
    rest of the year Tue - Sun 11.00 - 18.00
    Entrance fee: adults 6€ Children 7 - 17 yerars 3 €.

    Model of lake or dredging. Model of tar-burning pit.

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    Opera Festival.

    by Askla Written Jun 24, 2015

    Savonlinna is world famous for it's Opera Festival which has been held at the same place since 1912. During a couple of weeks you can take in such well known operas as "The Merry Widow", "The Marriage of Figaro", "Tosca", "La Traviata" and "The Little Magic Flute" which are on the repertoar for 2015.

    Tickets can be bought online, here is a link to the site with dates and program.

    For anybody interested in the history of the Opera Festival I provide a link here.

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    Olavinlinna, the castle with three towers.

    by Askla Written Jun 24, 2015

    The castle in Savonlinna, Olavinlinna, got it's name after St Olaf, the patron saint of the knights. The word "linna" means castle in Finnish.
    Building of the castle started in 1475 by the Danish knight Erik Axelsson Tott. The purpose was to protect the eastern border of the Swedish-Danish Kalmar Union against attacks from Russia. The castle shifted hands quite many times during the following centuries, which can be seen in the different architecture stiles. It has a Little odd look with it's three towers in a row. In fact, it once used to have five towers.
    For anyone really interested in the castle's history, here is a very good link.
    Olavinlinna is the world's northernmost medieval stone castle but it is certainly most well known for hosting Savonlinna Opera Festivals which has been held at the same place since 1912.

    Opening hours: June - August 14th every day 11.00 - 18.00
    rest of the year Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-16.00, although closed mid Dec - Jan 2.
    Entrance fee: adults 8 € , children 7 - 17 years 4 €.

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    Take a tour on the lakes.

    by Askla Updated Jun 23, 2015

    When in this area I recommend you to take a boat tour on the lakes. Finland is known as "The country of 1.000 lakes" but in fact there are 188.000 lakes all over the country! And this are in the south-eastern part is especially beautiful with all the islands spread out in the lake system.
    I'm not going to recommend any company in paraticular, just ask around about prices and itineraries to find what tempts you the most. The link provided further down will, however, give you a first taste of what to expect.

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    Castle Olafsborg. Bailey and guns.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 11, 2013

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    When you enter in the castle and before to buy your tickets you shall be able to observe the bailey of artillery bastion. You can walk along the galleries where the guns of XVIII century are. You can also observe that bailey and guns after your guided tour.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos.
    Open:
    January 2nd - May 31st
    Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-16.00
    Last guided tour starts at 15.00. Ticket sale closes at 15.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 15.15.

    June 1st - August 14th
    Every day 11.00-18.00.
    Last guided tour starts at 17.00. Ticket sale closes at 17.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 17.15.

    Midsummer
    June 21st 11.00-15.00
    June 22nd 12.00-18.00

    August 15th - December 14th
    Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-16.00.
    Last guided tour starts at 15.00. Ticket sale closes at 15.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 15.15.
    Olavinlinna is closed in 2013 on following dates:
    January 1st New Year's Day
    March 29th Good Friday
    March 30th Holy Saturday
    March 31st Easter Day
    April 1st Second Easter Day
    May 1st May Day
    December 6th (Finnish Independence Day)
    December 15th - December 31st. The Castle is open for public again 2.1.2014.
    Adults € 8,00
    Groups over 10 persons/students/conscripts/senior citizens € 6,00
    Children 7-17 years € 4,00
    Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) € 18,00
    Finnish school groups with a teacher € 2,50 /a pupil
    Under 7 years old free of charge

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    • Castles and Palaces

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    Castle Olafsborg. Old Latrine.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 11, 2013

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    During guided tour in the castle you shall be able to visit old latrine on the upper floor of the tower. Look at the upper floor outside and you will see some strange small cabins built in the tower’s wall. And latrine is exactly in that cabin. If besieged soldiers were lucky enough they could hit the heads of assaulting troops with…you know with what!
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos.
    Open:
    January 2nd - May 31st
    Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-16.00
    Last guided tour starts at 15.00. Ticket sale closes at 15.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 15.15.

    June 1st - August 14th
    Every day 11.00-18.00.
    Last guided tour starts at 17.00. Ticket sale closes at 17.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 17.15.

    Midsummer
    June 21st 11.00-15.00
    June 22nd 12.00-18.00

    August 15th - December 14th
    Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-16.00.
    Last guided tour starts at 15.00. Ticket sale closes at 15.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 15.15.
    Olavinlinna is closed in 2013 on following dates:
    January 1st New Year's Day
    March 29th Good Friday
    March 30th Holy Saturday
    March 31st Easter Day
    April 1st Second Easter Day
    May 1st May Day
    December 6th (Finnish Independence Day)
    December 15th - December 31st. The Castle is open for public again 2.1.2014.
    Adults € 8,00
    Groups over 10 persons/students/conscripts/senior citizens € 6,00
    Children 7-17 years € 4,00
    Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) € 18,00
    Finnish school groups with a teacher € 2,50 /a pupil
    Under 7 years old free of charge

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    • Museum Visits

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    Castle of Olafsborg. View from South.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 9, 2013

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    If you would like to observe that wonderful castle from the south side standing at the high rock, then drive south along the main street Savonlinnan-Punkaharjuntie. Cross the bridge then turn right to Karjalantie Street and drive across another bridge till you get the stadium. Park your car there and go up on the crest of the rock. Your award will be very beautiful view at the castle.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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    Lake Cruises from Savonlinna.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 9, 2013

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    During the summer time you can have non expensive lake cruses from the quay situated at the central part of the town. You can see the timetable at the photos. Participation in that exciting cruise will provide you nice opportunity to observe local islands and Olafsborg Castle from the lake side.

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    Monument to Fallen Heroes

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 3, 2013

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    This monument was created by Finish sculptor Väinö Aaltonen and dedicated to Finish soldiers killed during the Civil War and War of Independence in `1918. Before 1808 Finland was the part of Kingdom of Sweden and after Russo-Swedish war of 1808 Finland become The Great Duchy of Finland of Russian Empire. After the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917, the parliament of The Great Duchy of Finland proclaimed independence. Lenin and Bolshevik government recognized Finish Independence officially but unofficially they planned to organize another “socialist revolution” in Finland using Russian military garrisons billeted in Finland and assistance of local communists. Fortunately new Finish Republic succeed to form its own Armed Forces and Lieutenant general of Russian Imperial Army Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was appointed Commander in Chief. That Russian General became Finish Fieldmarshal and saved Finland from communism and red terror. This monument dedicated to the victims of that war and situated near the Cathedral of Savonlinna. To my mind this monument is little bit strange because it was no good idea to make the figure of symbolic patriot with exposed underdeveloped *** (you know what). Anyway this is one of the local must see places.

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    Savonlinna Cathedral

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 3, 2013

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    It was built between 1874 and 1878 and designed by architect Axel Hampus Dahlström in the Neogothic style. In 1896 the new diocese of Savonlinna was founded and the Savonlinna church became a cathedral. In 1925 the bishop's seat was moved to Vyborg, but the church still retained “cathedral” as its name. This is very austere typical Lutheran church.
    During the war, some people say during the Winter War, other say during WW II, Savonlinna was bombed and the church was damaged. It was restored in 1947–1948 by architect Bertel Liljeqvist. In 1990–1991, it was renovated by Ansu Ånström.

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    Monument of Erik Axelsson Tott

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 28, 2013

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    Monument of Erik Axelsson Tott stands in front of the castle of Olavlinna or Olafsborg in Swedish because that gentleman was the governor of Vyborg and Royal Lieutenant of Finmark (County of Finland) and he founded mentioned castle in 1475.

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    Castle of Olavlinna or Olafsborg

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 28, 2013

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    The Olavlinna or Olafsborg castle is the most famous tourist destination in the city of Savonlinna, Finland. The castle was founded by the Swedish Knight Erik Axelsson Tott who was the governor of Vyborg and Royal Lieutenant of Finmark in 1475. That castle has seen several sieges during its long history.
    The castle is in excellent condition, guided tours in English are available. In the lower yard of the castle you can see several guns of XVIII century. In XVIII century future Field Marshal Alexander Suvorov served here.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos.
    Open:
    January 2nd - May 31st
    Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-16.00
    Last guided tour starts at 15.00. Ticket sale closes at 15.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 15.15.

    June 1st - August 14th
    Every day 11.00-18.00.
    Last guided tour starts at 17.00. Ticket sale closes at 17.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 17.15.

    Midsummer
    June 21st 11.00-15.00
    June 22nd 12.00-18.00

    August 15th - December 14th
    Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-16.00.
    Last guided tour starts at 15.00. Ticket sale closes at 15.15. Visitors can join the already started last guided tour until 15.15.
    Olavinlinna is closed in 2013 on following dates:
    January 1st New Year's Day
    March 29th Good Friday
    March 30th Holy Saturday
    March 31st Easter Day
    April 1st Second Easter Day
    May 1st May Day
    December 6th (Finnish Independence Day)
    December 15th - December 31st. The Castle is open for public again 2.1.2014.
    Adults € 8,00
    Groups over 10 persons/students/conscripts/senior citizens € 6,00
    Children 7-17 years € 4,00
    Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) € 18,00
    Finnish school groups with a teacher € 2,50 /a pupil
    Under 7 years old free of charge

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    The Must #3 - Market Square

    by akkipaa Written Sep 16, 2012

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    Savonlinna is so small that you can't avoid this place. The prices are higher and during July more high, compared to the department stores but you might find something made in Finland here. Take a coffee with sandwich or "lörtsy", buy some fresh food from stalls or just watch people (and I have to mention that the most original place to buy a "lörtsy" is Visor Kiosk (Lippakioski) in Satamakatu (Harbor street).

    It was (early) strawberry time when I visited last time.

    Strawberries and potatoes behind Mirror mirror... L��rtsy (pie with apple or meat)
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    The Must #2 - The Ram (Pässi)

    by akkipaa Updated Sep 16, 2012

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    There was always at least a ram in the castle on those old days. The legend tells that the last ram drowned to the rapid year 1728 (and the legend have to be true, it is written in church registers. And we followed the normal photo stream but I am not brave enough to start joking with the photo heading.

    There has been "Castle Ram Running" event in Enonkoski, it is arranged occasionally, last results from 2010.

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    The Must #1 - Castle

    by akkipaa Written Sep 16, 2012

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    As usual, we don't remember our history thus the main castle's building time is about 1483. The initiative person was Erik Akselinpoika (Axel's son) Tott and that's the reason you can find "Tott" here from many places. The castle is open around the year and the Opera festivals are arranges every year in castle's main yard. If you would like to have a historic atmosphere to your weddings, rent the castle!

    If you find Tintin comics and the serie "King Ottokar's sceptre" you notice that this castle is one of the exemplars of writers.

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