Ruins of the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle

Vastseliina Episcopal Castle was built in 1342 on the lands of the Bishop of Tartu and it became one of the most powerful fortifications in old Livonia; it is also one of the 21 places in Southern Estonia worth discovering which are marked by a yellow National Geographic window. 

During the Middle Ages, the castle was well-known for the holy cross in its chapel and as a popular destination for pilgrims; a visit gave them indulgence for 1 year and 40 days as decreed by pope Innocent VI. The castle was destroyed in the Great Northern War by the armies of Peter the Great.

Today, you can visit the castle tower, light a candle in the sacred place and enjoy night concerts on the territory of the castle.


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  • 1Viktor1 1Viktor1

    Ancient atmosphere !

    Place where needed to be and walk a bit, in summer time are special great events close to this place. Good for couples, friends and family travels.

  • Kristel H Kristel H

    A piece of history

    If you are interested in history or have a family with kids, worth going. Lots of climbing and walking around. Entrance fee to the ruins 1 euro per adult, kids are free.

  • Alex Z Alex Z


    Руины замка совсем рядом с границей, не мог проехать мимо. В марте здесь не было абсолютно никого, музей был закрыт. С удовольствием осмотрел замок в полном одиночестве.

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 for the Episcopal Castle (Piiskopilinnus).


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

Stops nearby

Bus: Vana-Vastseliina


57°43'45''N 27°21'37''E | Download GPX file