|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.
15.8.-18.12. 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
Please note that on July 27th the castle is closed. On August 5th-6th the castle is open from 11 am to 5 pm.
All opening times
Adults 9 €
Reduced ticket 7 €
Children (7-17 years) 4,50 €
Family ticket 20 €
Free entry for those under 7 years
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