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“The place for Savonlinna Opera Festival in July”
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Olavinlinna Castle
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Owner description: 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 the Swedish Crown. 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. The changes in the ownership of the castle left their mark on Olavinlinna: this can be seen in the varied architecture of the castle. These days the castle's halls and rooms can be rented and used for all kinds of events.
Reviewed October 26, 2012

This medieval castle is worth visting. Open year round.
In July Olavinlinna hosts famous Savonlinna Opera Festival, which cathers 2500 opera lovers for every performance in July.
Tip:Please book opera tickets in advance! It is often fullybooked.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

On visiting Mini Europe in Brussels, we find each country represented by models of famous sites. For Finland there is just the Olavinlinna Castle. The town of Savonlinna is mainly quite ordinary, but the castle is spectacular. It is positioned in a lake and is reached by a narrow walkway.

We, like many, visited for the opera festival. At that period, the courtyard of the castle is covered by a canopy which protects from the weather - though occasionally birds creep underneath and sometimes tweet along with (or against) the music. I found the acoustics surprisingly good even when, in one performance, we were seated on the back row.

Be warned. The single walkway means that there is only one entrance and exit from the castle, so getting people in an out takes much, much longer than in a purpose built theatre. "Health and Safety" would ban the whole lot in the UK!

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is a must-do if you are staying in Savonlinna. It is a short walk out of town. The castle is unusual in its shape and layout. The guided tour is well-done and informative, walking through the castle's interesting history.

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Very, very gloomy as every decent castle should be. Wonderful view from the top of the tower. Worth the visit definitely.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We paid €8 each for the guided tour a couple of hours before we went to Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman' in the castle courtyard. We were the only English speakers in the tour so we got a guide to ourselves. If you come from Europe, you might be used to historic castles, but we are Australian and don't have any, so we found the castle fascinating. Built by a Dane in 1475 and then conqured by Sweden and Russia - poor Finland has been passed between colonial powers until it became a nation in 1917.

The castle walls are immensely thick. There is no furniture inside - apart from vinyl chairs in the King's Hall! The ladies' room at the top of a tower was interesting for the toilet- a hole 30 metres above the water - or prisoners' heads?

The castle is on an island reached by a pontoon bridge.

Savonlinna has a great atmosphere during the opera festival in July. It's worth booking months in advance to see an opera- the acoustics are amazing. We loved it.

Thank Rarisang
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