Laiuse fortress ruins

Laiusevälja küla, Jõgeva vald, Jõgeva maakond


Construction of the Laiuse fortress was launched by the Livonian Order in the late 14th century to defend its eastern borders. The first defensive structure in Estonia to be fitted with firearms, it gained its definitive appearance in the late Middle Ages. Cannon towers were added to the fortress in the mid-15th century. The fortress crumbled in 1559 but was restored, with wooden barracks built at the end of the Swedish era, which accommodated Karl XII and his entourage from 1700–1701. After the Great Northern War the fortress lay in ruins.
Did you know...? - The fortress ruins are today the site of historical snow battles in winter and more peaceful events in summer.

Times and prices
Open all year round

24 hours

Features and amenities
  • Wheelchair access

Getting there
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Not much is left. Bits of 2 walls left. It is free, parking on site. It is not a site to plan to go to, but if you are in the passing, taking few minutes to stretch the legs does not hurt.



A fascinating landmark

If you're into history and ruins, then try to make a stop here. This was a Livonian Order castle originally built in the 14th century. Through the years and after a bombardment of wars and battles it...

Erling G

Erling G

Gamla Ordensborgen i Laiuse.

Borgen byggdes under Medeltiden och under Polen/Litauens storhetstid, huserade polska trupper i borgen. Vintern 1700- 1701 bodde den svenske kungen Karl XII i borgen. I dag är den omöjlig att...

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