Savonlinna attractions and culture

Savonlinna is a small city with a rich cultural life. The Savonlinna Opera Festival in Olavinlinna Castle is a world-famous cultural event.

In addition to the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Savonlinna area has a lot of other live music too, from the classical concerts of Savonlinna Music Academy to Huvila’s outdoor rock and pop concerts. Come and listen to Savonlinna come alive with music!


 In summer, Savonlinna is a wonderful destination for art lovers. Many of the art galleries in the area are open in summer, and the museums with their exhibitions are open all year round.

In Savonlinna, you can enjoy theatre all year round. Savonlinna Theatre has around five new plays each year and in summer, there are many outdoor summer theatres in the area. The Savonlinna region has many historical destinations as well, of which Olavinlinna Castle is the most famous. If you are interested in history, you can visit the world’s biggest wooden church in Kerimäki, and explore the statues and memorials of the area.

You will find many fascinating attractions and unforgettable experiences. There are not many holiday destinations where you can visit a world-class opera, eat freshly caught Puruvesi vendace (“muikku”) and see the endangered Saimaa ringed seal peeking from the waves of the lake. There’s the must-see Olavinlinna Castle with its mighty walls and fascinating stories, the world’s biggest wooden church in Kerimäki, and in Punkaharju, there’s Lusto, the national Finnish Forest Museum.

When it comes to culture and attractions, the Savonlinna region has a lot to offer,  whether you’re staying for just a day or for much longer.