The Red Tower

The Red Tower was built in the 15th century as a prison in the Southeastern corner of the medieval fortress that surrounded the town of Pärnu. It is the only defensive tower of the Hanseatic town of New-Pärnu that has been preserved.  This granite tower got its name from the brick that used to line the inside and outside of the tower. In the 17th century, the tower had four storeys and a prison cell that was 6 metres deep. Three storeys have been preserved. In the 19th century the building was renovated into the town archives, but the building served a number of different purposes over the following century.


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  • Papudrakus Papudrakus

    Symbol but not for everyone available

    Unfortunately it is permanently closed for a long time. I was not able to even jump there though the fence. Symbol of Parnu. Good to be there, but unavailable for tourism.

  • Peeter P Peeter P

    Closed, with no explanation

    We had visited the charming Red Tower every time we visited Parnu, but this July, at least on the Wednesday we tried, the Tower was closed. The sign on the door said it was only closed on Mondays and...

  • Olga D Olga D


    Башня, в которой когда-то была едва ли не первая в Пярну тюрьма, а в советские и ранние постсоветские годы - очень занимательный музей, закрыта, совершенно заброшена, огорожена забором и прохода к...

Features and amenities


Hommiku tn 11, Pärnu

Getting there

Entrances to the Red Tower are located on Hommiku and Hospidali streets.

By the tower on Hommiku street and the Town Hall car park on Nikolai street Mon-Fri 8:00-18:00 (parking fees apply) or 1 hour free with a parking clock.


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


58°23'6''N 24°30'11''E | Download GPX file