Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle

The stone castle started to appear on the place of the former Estonian stronghold in 1224. The fortress got its final shape and size in the beginning of the 16th century and was one of the distinguished fortresses in Estonia and Latvia. Due to wars between Sweden, Poland and Russia all that is left from the entire order castle today are just a few stone walls.
Already in the beginning of the last century the ruins of the fortress and the park around it turned into a recreational area for the residents of Viljandi. In order to access the castle hills from town a rope bridge was build from the Kaeuvumägi hill over the 13 meters deep trench in 1931. From the ruins you have the most beautiful view over the lake of Viljandi.

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  • Vladimir S Vladimir S

    Nice place to discover the spirit of the Middle Ages

    If the weather is fine, you will enjoy walking between the ruins of the castle, going to the basement level and climbing up on some wall. Spirit of the Middle Ages is still there.

  • kkeitii kkeitii

    Awesome view and place to relax

    If the weather is nice, this is the best place to chill with friends and just enjoy the view. The ruins themselves are beautiful, but the view from the hill is breathtaking. Amazing place to go both...

  • Suur_D Suur_D

    A beautiful walk in castle ruins

    Beautiful rolling hills and moats surround the castle ruins. A view down to the lake. A great place to walk around and read up on the history of the site. Take a swing on the traditional Estonian...


Features and amenities

Location

Tasuja puiestee 6, Viljandi

Access

  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • On foot only

Coordinates

58°21'37''N 25°35'45''E | Download GPX file