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Top Choice Castle in Savonlinna


Built directly on rock in the middle of the lake (now accessed via bridges), this heavily restored 15th-century fortification was constructed as a military base on the Swedes' restless eastern border. The currents i…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Savonlinna


Sitting across the harbour, Huvila is operated by the Waahto brewery and is a delightful destination in warm weather, when its lakeside deck is full of patrons relaxing over a pint or two of the house brew (try the …
Music in Savonlinna

Savonlinna Opera Festival

This internationally renowned event is Finland’s most famous festival, with an enviably dramatic setting: the covered courtyard of Olavinlinna Castle.
Museum in Savonlinna


On an island that was once a naval port, this museum housed in a handsome 16th-century granary recounts local history and the importance of water transport. It also has a number of exhibits about the history, flora …
Finnish in Savonlinna


Overlooking Olavinlinna Castle, this summer restaurant employs chefs from Helsinki and serves Savonlinna's most sophisticated food. Unsurprisingly it's hugely popular during the opera season. There's tiered outdoor …
Seafood in Savonlinna

Kalastajan Koju

Owned by a fisherman who heads out on the lake each morning to catch the muikku (vendace, or whitefish, a common lake fish) that this place specialises in, Kalastajan Koju is conveniently located on the water by the…
Cafe in Savonlinna

Café Alegria

Tucked into the corner of an old timber hall that now functions as a community centre, Alegria offers comfortable indoor seating, a few tables on the rear grassed terrace, homemade soup, sandwiches and an array of d…
Cafe in Savonlinna


Hidden among the trees on a small island just north of the town centre, this ultra-friendly and quite delightful cafe serves a limited menu of coffee, tea and crêpes. Fillings for the freshly made crêpes are both sw…
Pub in Savonlinna

Olutravintola Sillansuu

Savonlinna’s best pub is compact and cosy, offering an excellent variety of international bottled beers, a decent whisky selection and friendly service. There’s a downstairs area with a pool table; during the opera …
Finnish in Savonlinna


The name of this popular family bistro means ‘lighthouse’, reflecting its location overlooking the harbour. Steaks, burgers and locally caught fish are well cooked, generously sized and fairly priced; the select-you…