One of the best summertowns in Finland!
A little bit quiet in winter, but it could have an extreme for urban people!
Opera in July with "lörtsy" at the marketplace-cafe..
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
If you want to experience something really Finnish, meet local really nice people just as they are (no roles, no pretending), this is a must. Go to Savonlinna market place during summertime. Most probably not all the people selling their vegetables and stuff speak English, but they speak a lot! These Savolax (an area and a "race" in Finland) people...more
The building of Olavinlinna, castle of St. Olaf, began in 1475. 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.There are two small exhibitions in the castle: the Castle Museum displays artifacts found in the castle or related to it, and the...more
This is an experience! See Savonlinna and near areas from air. See the lakes and tiny islands from air. I guess from the air one can realize how amasing the archipelago in the lake area really is!Vesiair Oy makes sightseeings by airplane for 1-6 persons. They will take you up in the air for app. 15minutes at a time. They dont have netpages but I...more
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 against Russian attacks. The castle standing in the middle of the fast-flowing straits of Kyrönsalmi river is...more
Built in 1475 to protect the eastern border of the Swedish empire against the Russians, Olavinlinna was nevertheless conquered by those very same Russians in the 18th century. (In fact, they built a bright yellow building that looks terribly out of place inside the otherwise medieval fortress.) Nowadays, Olavinlinna is home to the Savonlinna Opera...more
Built in 1900 by Nils Weckman, an officer in the Tsar's army, as a silver-anniversary wedding gift for his wife Alma, Rauhalinna Villa is a beautiful wooden villa set on the lakeside. It doubles as a cafe/restaurant from June to August.The best (and most scenic) way to see the villa, which is some 16 km from Savonlinna, is by taking a lake cruise...more
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...more
Kylpylaitoksentie, Savonlinna, 57101, Finland
Good for: Solo
This hotel contains Spa, hotel and a separate summer hotel. The summer hotel is for students most of...more
Pick this one, if you don't want to spend your time with walking to Opera or the Market square, this...more
Must to go restaurant when visting Savonlinna opera festival or any other time in the summer. Best view over the harbour, market square and Lake Saimaa. Also the best local speciality in the town: the fried vendaces. Visit the roof terrace and take fried vendaces ("muikut"). The portion goes perfectly down with sparkling water, beer or glass of...more
Nice bar near the harbour, entrance is free
beer - 4,5euro.. also we took there drink which is called White Russian (4,5euro)! It was very excited for us (Russians).. it includes milk, vodka and cofe liquer.. really nice %)
Dress Code: no dress code but you have to show your passport at entrance.
The duration of the lake cruise was too long for us, but if you have time, you may want to consider a Savonlinna-Kuopio cruise aboard the MS Puijo ferry. The lakelands deserve to be visited on a boat and if both cities are on your itinerary, this trip may be just the thing for you. There are other stops along the way but I can't recommend any, having not seen any of them.
The ferry service typically operates from late June to mid-August. Departures from Savonlinna are Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m.; conversely, departures from Kuopio are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. In both cases, the cruise lasts about 10½ hours and ends around 7:30 p.m.
For more information, check out the excellent online Savonlinna tourist guide at http://www.savonlinnatravel.com/brochures/english_savonlinna.pdf and search for "MS Puijo".
Every year in July since 1912, Savonlinna plays host to what has become the world-renowned Savonlinna Opera Festival. The festival, which lasts a month, attracts huge crowds, and tickets can be quite expensive. I don't like opera, but to give you an idea of the festival's popularity, the 2006 show featuring former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen was...more
There`s quite funny local habit ; - when you`ll go to Opera (in Olavinlinna castle, july) you can see local people coming to watch the opera-visitors with their fine dresses etc. Andthey are like birdwatchers trying to find `famous`people...This picture`s last July when I came from spanish opera. Look how beautiful the castle is..more
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This really is a tourist trap but in a good way, I would say. Savonlinna is a small town, it's kind of sad during winter time, most of the summer stuff like terrace furniture are around reminding of the summer glory!
And it really is a glory. The Opera Festivals is in top3 Finnish summer events (which almost all are arranged in July, very crowded) and definitely number Uno when speaking about Culture. The Event last whole July, you are lucky if you get a hotel room if starting the arrangements now (April). There are concerts and art exhibitions as side program, but the most important and awesome are the Operas. This summer (2013) there are:
- La Traviata
- Samson and Dalila
- Jevgeni Onegin
- Un ballo in maschera and
- Norppaooppera (the Seal Opera) for kinds and adults.
Unique Suggestions: Take what ever you like and if you don't like take what ever (not Lohengrin :). It's not only the opera, but the whole feeling of this summer city. There are thousands of visitors around and the whole town is with you, almost whole 24/7, all the time.
And the place, The Castle, is something seldom seen. If you have been in Verona Opera arena, you know, but it's still different.
I have in my clear mind last 10 years, so this is my list from 2003
- The Flying Dutchman
- Boris Godunov
- Madame Butterfly
- Don Giovanni
- Aida (again)
This summer my calendar is a little bit crowded but I have possibility to follow the story of La Traviata.
I am sorry that I don't yet have any photos, photographing is not allowed there and I can provide only photo of Aida's libretto (2005 version). I try to take some opera photos on coming summer.
Kerimäki Church is the biggest wooden church in the world. The dimensions are: length 45 meters, width 42 m, height 27 m and 37 m to top of the cross. It's nothing against to big ones in the world, but if you have visited other wooden churches in Finland you find this one as huge. Total length of the bench is more than a mile, you can count,...more
Take a trip to Enonkoski, visit local shops, there is a lovely shop in old building (4H organization is managing it) selling hand made Finnish stuff from around. Then drive some 5 kilometers and you find Hanhivirta cable ferry. This is our way to travel in lake side. Of course these are disappearing, it's easier to build a bridge than operate these...more
This is a house we could see from the footbridge connecting Kasinosaari to the town centre. The morning of our departure, we decided to take the time to see it up close. From the footbridge, we took a left on Olavinkatu and another left on Kalmarinkatu. It was worth the small detour.more