Savonlinna is a Finnish town of about 27,000 people, built on a series of islands in the lake district of Saimaa in the south-east of the country. Ignoring the border crossing, from here it wouldn't be much longer (4.5 hours) to drive to St Petersburg than it is to Helsinki (4 hours).
The town's history goes back to 1639, when it was established around the Olavinlinna castle (a quite spectacular castle with three circular towers) which was actually founded 200 years earlier to protect the region and Kingdom of Sweden in general from a Russian offensive. With water surrounding it on all sides, this is Finland's best preserved medieval castle and the symbol of the town. In July it is home to a world class Opera festival. [Review by travelindicator]
- Savonlinna is a city in Finland's region of Southern Savonia. It has a population of 27,420, is situated at an altitude of 259ft and the best airport to fly into is HEL (Helsinki Vantaa, Helsinki)
- The currency used in Finland is the Euro (EUR)
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