Helme caves

Located in the manor park of the same name, the Helme caves, are an unrivaled 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.

Located in the manor park of the same name, the Helme caves, are an unrivaled 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

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  • 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...

  • Definitely worth a stop

    The caves and ruins are nice, and it's a nice place for a short hike. The caves are only about 20 meters deep, but it was enough for the kids who loved to explore them with flashlights.


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