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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 built 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.

Introductory film of the Olavinlinna Castle. Photo: National Museum of Finland.

Introductory film
of the Olavinlinna Castle
Statue of Saint Olaf. Photo: The National Museum of Finland.
Events 2017

 Little Duke's Hall, a Workshop for Chlldren. Photo: National Museum of Finland.

New permanent exhibition of the
Olavinlinna Castle and Little
Duke's Hall Workshop for children.


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Restaurant Linnantupa. Read
about the opening times and
premises for hire.

15.8.-17.12. and 2.1.-31.5. Mon-Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am - 4 pm.

1.6.-14.8. daily 11 am - 6 pm

All opening times

Entry fees:
Adults 10 €
Reduced ticket 8 €
Children (7-17 years) 5 €
Family ticket 22 €
Free entry for those under 7 years

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