Helme caves

Linna küla, Tõrva vald, Valga maakond

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Located in the manor park of the same name, the Helme caves, are an unrivalled sight in Estonia.

Situated to the north of castle ruins, the caves have a white Burtniek layer of sandstone walls standing 3 m high. Unfortunately for cave lovers though, some of the better known caves have already collapsed. 

Once comprised of seven interlinked chambers, the biggest of which was known as the Church of Moses. Peppered with springs, the caves have a long history; and over the years they have been dug out and used as shelters when needed.

Did you know...?:
In ancient times the Helme caves were also known locally as the gateway to Hell.
Kivialune (under the rocks) was a shelter for Old Estonians during the wars.

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Open all year round

24 hours

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Getting there
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By car
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Historic Caves

These caves are part of the castle and were used as a hideout. Now there is only one you can enter. It is interesting to walk through. Apparently, locals sometimes drink inside on weekends.



Historic place in Tõrva, with old ruins, caves and ancient wellspring

Especially interesting are the legends and tales about the wellspring near the caves, were ancient people practised fertility and beauty rituals.



Nice break in the drive from Cesis to Tallinn

We stopped off here on our way to Tallinn and it's a great chance to stretch your legs. The caves were once used by noblemen for dinners. Only part of them can be seen now, as the soft sandstone...

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