Savonlinna Travel Guide

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Savonlinna Things to Do

  • Castle Olafsborg. Bailey and guns.

    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 31stMonday-Friday...

  • Castle Olafsborg. Old Latrine.

    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...

  • Castle of Olafsborg. View from South.

    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...

  • Lake Cruises from Savonlinna.

    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.

  • Monument to Fallen Heroes

    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...

  • Savonlinna Cathedral

    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....

  • Monument of Erik Axelsson Tott

    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.

  • Castle of Olavlinna or Olafsborg

    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...

  • The Must #3 - Market Square

    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...

  • The Must #2 - The Ram (Pässi)

    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...

  • The Must #1 - Castle

    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...

  • Olavinlinna Castle

    The castle is in a very good state. From the tower you have fine views of the surrounding landscape.In summerthe castle is a venue for an interesting opera festival where you may attend performances of contemporary opera (of living Finnish composers).

  • Savonlinna market place where a "lörtsy"...

    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...

  • The Olavinlinna castle

    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...

  • See Savonlinna from Air!

    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...

  • Olavinlinna castle

    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...

  • Olavinlinna Castle

    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...

  • Rauhalinna Villa

    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...


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  • Great experience

    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...

  • Lake salmon restaurant

    Located by the Central Market, the restaurant is floating on the lake.Open from 9am till 4pm at summer times. They have "a fish table", a kind of buffet there too.The restaurant has 90 seats. Go and check it out..

  • Breakfast at the Square Market

    I saw this Breakfast terrace when walking at the central market. Maybe it would be a worth of a tip? Well... its good to know anyway. Only 5 euros and the breakfast is served from 7am till 10am.


Savonlinna Nightlife

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    by multi Written May 1, 2007

    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.

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Savonlinna Transportation

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    by brazwhazz Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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 and search for "MS Puijo".

    Typical lakeland scenery (Kuopio)
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Savonlinna Local Customs

  • Savonlinna Opera Festival

    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...

  • Curious people ; )

    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..

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Savonlinna Tourist Traps

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    by akkipaa Updated Apr 22, 2013

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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
    - Macbeth
    - Jevgeni Onegin
    - Lohengrin
    - 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
    - Turandot
    - Aida
    - Carmen
    - Boris Godunov
    - Rigoletto
    - Madame Butterfly
    - Tosca
    - 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.

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Savonlinna Off The Beaten Path

  • Kerimäki Wooden Church

    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,...

  • Take road 471 to north - Cable Ferry

    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...

  • A cool house

    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.


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