At the feet of Olavinlinna Castle, you can get a feeling of old historical Savonlinna with its wooden houses and old avenues. Savonlinna is built on islands nestled by Olavinlinna castle and Lake Saimaa. The city itself started gaining form slowly towards the end of 1400. During the time that the castle was being built, the area gained a lot of craftspeople, masons and other people who worked in the castle. The community stabilized, and in the year 1639 Pietari Brahe founded the city of Savonlinna. (Photo: Pia Behm)
The old city centre was located on Linnankatu (Castle Street). In the beginning of 1900 it was thought to be so fine with its cobbled streets and street lamps that people often called it by another name, Parisian street.
Nowadays Linnankatu is a popular place to live, and a comfortable place for visitors to feel the history of Savonlinna. In the street’s wooden buildings, there are many restaurants, galleries and handycrafts shops. At the end of Linnankatu you will find Riihisaari, Lake Saimaa Nature and Culture Centre, and the pride of our city, Olavinlinna Castle.