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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. 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.

Two smaller permanent exhibitions of the castle: the Castle Museum and the Orthodox Museum will be closed 6th of October for renewing. New Accessible Exhibition of the castle and a Workshop for Visitors will be opened in June 2015. 
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Olavinlinna in summer from the west. Photo: The National Board of Antiquities.


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Introductory film of the Olavinlinna Castle

Trailer of the introductory film on the Olavinlinna Castle

Introductory film will be shown at the castle from 18th of June 2015 onwards 

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Olavinlinna Castle offers many events all year round,
for example Savonlinna Opera Festival and St. Olav's Day.
Read more about the events of 2015 in Olavinlinna Castle.

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Restaurant Linnantupa is open for visitors of Olavinlinna Castle the whole summer.
Restaurant is available for private events.
Read more about the opening times and premises for hire.


Olavinlinna Castle's exhibition. The exhibition "If the walls could tell - pickings from the phases of the castle" features the history of the castle.