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.

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 b

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  • One of my favourite places in Viljandi for walks

    I love walking through the old castle hills. The ruins themselves are very interesting to look at but you also get a fabulous view of the lake and the hills in which the ruins are situated are...

  • Interesting place to visit

    To get to the castle ruins you can pass a bridge produced in Riga, Latvia. There is very nice view from the castle hill.

  • The essence of the ruins is the milieu

    This castle was the largest in Liivinmaa - but there are only ruins left from the great days of Viljandi Order Castle. Now you can see Lake Viljandi, leafy trees, sheep eating grass below hillside...


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