Museum in the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle

The history of the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle dates back to the 14th century and it was a strong border fortress between Russia and Europe until the end of the 17th century. The castle was demolished during the Great Northern War in 1702 by Russians. In the Middle Ages, the Episcopal Castle was among the destinations for Catholic pilgrims.
Nowadays you can touch the ruins of the old castle, climb up the renovated north-eastern tower to enjoy a beautiful view of the landscape; go to the castle museum located in the old smithy opposite the Piiri Inn to ask information about other sights in south-eastern Estonia. The Lady of the Castle is willing to tell you stories about its history.

Features and amenities


Vana-Vastseliina küla, Vastseliina vald, Võru maakond

Getting there

Drive from Võru along the Tallinn-Luhamaa highway (2, E263) for about 30 km, until you reach the crossroad in the village of Illi and then turn left towards the village of Vana-Vastseliina. Follow the signs that guide you to the Episcopal castle.


  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus

Stops nearby

Bus: Vana-Vastseliina


57°43'44''N 27°21'40''E | Download GPX file