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Guided tours 2017

It is possible to get to see the castle, its halls, rooms and towers on a guided tour throughout the year. The tour takes approximately an hour. The castle houses two small museums and three courtyards which can be visited without a guide when the castle is open. However, there are some restrictions from April till September.

Visitors in a wheelchair are able to visit the museums and the courtyards with assistance for free.

In summer, from June the 1st till September 30th, there are guided tours in English and Finnish every hour and in Swedish every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 12 pm (except in 27th of July when the castle is closed)

In addition, in July guided tours in Finnish start on the hour and every half hour. From June the 24th till August the 31st there are also guided tours in Russian on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm on the hour.

Please note that if you wish to have an own guide you need to book it a week prior to your visit. The charge for the own guide is 70 € (incl. 24 % vat) per guide.

On the Saint Olaf's Day, July 29th, there are guided tours only in Finnish and English.

In winter there are mainly guided tours in Finnish and they start on the hour. Tours in other languages should be booked beforehand from the office at Olavinlinna Castle. Guided tours are also available outside the opening hours on agreement.

If you wish to book a guided tour or need more information: the office at Olavinlinna Castle tel. +358 295 33 6942 (Mon-Fri 8.00-16.15), olavinlinna@kansallismuseo.fi.

The privy in the Church Tower. Photo: Soile Tirilä
The privy in the Church Tower.
Photo: National Museum/Soile Tirilä


"The Little Duke's Hall" workshop for children and other child like visitors

”The Little Duke's Hall" is an interactive workshop aimed at children. In "The Little Duke's Hall" children and adults can empathize themselves by taking part in several activities like set a table with traditional table ware, dress up in historical costumes or kinight's armour, assemble puzzles, build an own castle by using wooden blocks, weave loom or play with a doll's house resembling the tower of the castle. 

The workshop instructor gives assistance to visitors if needed.

Workshop is closed for 2017 season. Workshop is open on winter time during many events of the castle.


Other times on agreement for the groups. The charge for the own guide is 70 € (incl. 24 % vat) per guide.


Children in the workshop Little Duke's Hall. Photo: National Museum/Risto Hämäläinen.
Children in the workshop Litte Duke's Hall. Photo: National Museum/Risto Hämäläinen. 

Opera Backstage Tours during the Savonlinna
Opera Festival in summer 2017

During one hour tour visitors have a rare opportunity to see the backstage of the Savonlinna Opera Festival inside the Olavinlinna Castle. Guided Backstage tour in English and Finnish on thursdays at 4 pm during the festival season between 22nd June - 3rd of August 2017. On 27th July the castle is closed and Backstage Tour is not organised.

Admission to the castle includes the Opera Backstage Tour. Opera Backstage Tour is free for Opera Club members.

Opera Backstage Tour inside the eastern defensive wall of the fortress. Photo: National Museum/Soile Tirilä.
Opera Backstage Tour inside the eastern defensive wall of the fortress. Photo: National Museum/Soile Tirilä.