The first mention of the city relates to 1638. It was a small settlement formed around the fortress named Olavinlinna. For a long time the settlement was an important fortification facility that helped Finland to watch the borders of Russia and Sweden.
Nowadays the city is known as a popular spa resort. Here are opened numerous health and beauty centers. To the service of guests are always open massage cabins, saunas and beauty salons. On the territory of each hotel you will certainly find a well-equipped gym and a swimming pool, so fans of active rest just will not be disappointed by the level of service.
Besides medical procedures and gym, tourists can diversify their stay by sightseeing – there are really many places of interest in Savonlinna. Olavinlinna Castle, which was built back in 1475, remains the symbol of the city. Today the castle provides space for two museums – Castle Museum and Orthodox Museum. The latter offers visitors to get acquainted with collections of icons and other religious attributes, while Castle Museum presents the exhibition of archaeological findings, ancient maps and artworks. The territory of the castle is traditionally chosen as the venue for the annual Opera Festival, which is organized in summer.
Kolovesi National Park is, surely, the most beautiful nature reserve of the region. Rocky cliffs, clear lakes and thick trees make the park unique and unforgettable, so no wonder why there are always so many visitors here. One can learn the history of the city in details in Provincial Museum. The most important religious place of interest of this city is, surely, Kerimäki Church, which is also the most large-scale wooden building of its type.