Fortress of Savonlinna, Finland12:22 PM
Olavinlinna is a 15th-century three-tower castle located in Savonlinna, Finland. It is the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing.The castle is built on an island in the Kyrönsalmi strait that connects the lakes Haukivesi and Pihlajavesi.
The castle has remained a water fortress, with the only access by boat or by bridge. The castle was connected to the mainland by wooden pontoon bridges. These floating bridges were maintained until 1857, when they were destroyed by a storm. New pontoon bridges were put into use in 1974. The ground floor of the Watergate Bastion contains eight vaulted casemates with gun ports. A casemate is a covered shelter for guns and soldiers.
Tiny Savonlinna Airport is served by Flybe, which offers flights from Helsinki to Savonlinna up to two times per week day. Advance fares start from €32/one way, cheaper than the train, but go up quickly as the plane fills.