Finland is the beautiful land of forests and lakes. Saimaa is Finland's largest lake connecting several cities including the stunning city of Savonlinna. Lake Saimaa region has an amazing and calm countryside, a real natural paradise offering peace and beauty. Savonlinna is also situated on four islands between lakes Haapavesi and Pihlajavesi. There are two national parks in the region, Kolovesi and Linnansaari, suitable for various outdoor activities such as trekking, hiking, and cycling, giving nature and culture lovers a reason for a rewarding and important destination to visit Savonlinna.
Medieval castle of Olavinlinna
Olavinlinna is the well-preserved medieval castle in the city of Savonlinna overlooking Lake Saimaa and forests on the coastline. It remains as one of the best known sight destinations in Finland. The castle is built on an island that connects two lakes. It has remained as an intact stone fortress from the Middle Ages and where Savonlinna Opera Festival is held annually.
The castle was founded during Swedish Crown in 1475 by Erik Axelsson Tott with the purpose of protecting the Savo region from Russian forces. The castle museum provides information about the history of the castle. When the Olavinlinna was being built, people with different skills started to come to see what else was needed for the castle. This is when Savonlinna became the place to find skilled craftsmen. Nowadays, visitors will see and enjoy their workshops and boutiques at the old train station and at the old part of Savonlinna.