Whether you want to enjoy a city break, to attend cultural events, to relax by the lakeside or to engage in various activities - the beautiful Savonlinna region offers you all these options!
It’s no wonder that Savonlinna with its surroundings is one of the most popular holiday regions in Finland. The vibrant region amid the scenic lake district of Saimaa offers a perfect setting for a cultural, spa, beach, activity or city holiday – or for a combination of these. Escape the everyday hustle and bustle and relax at the marketplace and terraces of the lively summer town, at a lakeside holiday cottage in a peaceful cove, at a refreshing spa or at a working farm. Various distinctive boutiques, idyllic cafes and high-class restaurants, offering a friendly service and warm hospitality, add to the unrivalled charming atmosphere of the Savonlinna region.
On holiday you like to eat well. Savonlinna region offers a wide range of restaurants guaranteering that you won't run out of choices. The restaurants focus on not only on the quality of the food, but also in atmosphere and the milieu in which it is served. For example a dinner in a medieval setting is a pleasure meeting all the senses. Restaurants use locally-produced ingredients – fish caught in the morning will be served as a lunch. Therefore fish and game dishes are highly appreciated. In addition to Finnish dishes restaurants also offer international cuisine and different theme weeks.
Enjoy the Inimitable Atmosphere of Savonlinna region and visit to Olavinlinna Castle (St. Olof´s 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 medieval halls of Olavinlinna Castle provide a historic setting for special occasions and events of different sizes. The castle halls and restaurant are available for private hire all year round.
Sightseeing cruises by original Finnish handmade steamship offers you an insight into the history of a Finnish inland lake. The fascinating Finnish national scenery combined with a traditional steamship is an unforgettable experience.
Step aboard the nostalgic steamer serving you on Lake Saimaa. Executive Chef and galley crew prepare a distinguished menu of appetisers, entrees and desserts on board daily, complemented perfectly by our comprehensive wine list. All of our meals are prepared fresh aboard the ship, with expert attention devoted to the quality and presentation of our culinary selections.
The most significant event in Savonlinna and one of the most famous festivals in the whole country is the Savonlinna Opera Festival. For decades, the festival has gathered the high and mighty and the great unwashed together to enjoy opera masterpieces and spectacular singing in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle. And how beautifully the arias echo from the robust rocky walls! The classic operas, medieval setting, the Lake Saimaa archipelago and the magnificent Finnish summer create a combination that makes your heart sing.
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Accommodation in Savonlinna
Savonlinna region offers hotel accommodation for every taste; you may stay overnight in the city centre in a hotel or pamper yourself in recreational centres in the area. During the summer time student flats turn into summer hotels for lower budget travellers. Personal inns and unique boutiguehotels offer you a memorable stay.
Accommodation in Savonlinna region
- Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän 55 km from Savonlinna and 38 km from Varkaus. Cosy and high quality villas with “hotel rooms”, medieval style restaurant Piikatyttö, wine cellar, Finnish sauna world, conference and training facilities, activities: fishing safaris, canoeing trips, lake safaris, Saimaa ringed seal watching trips to the Linnansaari National Park, cycling, hiking, rowing boats, winter activities.
- Hotel Oravi is located in idyllic village of Oravi and between of Linnansaari and Kolovesi National Parks. The hotel is ideal expecially for the nature travellers.
- Lomamokkila B&B, 12 km from Savonlinna. A variety of accommodation, B&B and half board, conference facilities, activities: fishing, skiing, cycling, tennis, volleyball, rowing boats, swimming beach and sauna.
Restaurants and local delicacies in Savonlinna
On holiday you like to eat well. Savonlinna region offers a wide range of restaurants guaranteering that you won't run out of choices. The restaurants focus on not only on the quality of the food, but also in atmosphere and the milieu in which it is served. For example a dinner in a medieval setting is a pleasure meeting all the senses. Restaurants use locally-produced ingredients - fish caught in the morning will be served as a lunch. Therefore fish and game dishes are highly appreciated. In addition to Finnish dishes restaurants also offer international cuisine and different theme weeks.
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