Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle

Tasuja puiestee 6, Viljandi

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The stone castle started to appear in the place of the former Estonian stronghold in 1224. The fortress got its final shape and size at the beginning of the 16th century, becoming 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 at the beginning of the last century, the ruins of the fortress and the park around it were 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 m deep trench in 1931. From the ruins, you have the most beautiful view over Lake Viljandi.

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  • On foot only
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Nice place

Interesting ruins in a nice place. Some pieces that were bigger looked majestic. Magnificent views over the lake and far away over the forest behind the lake. If children are not careful then they...



Beautiful views from the hill

The hill with Viljandi castle ruins is a beautiful place to admire the view to the lake. There isn't much to see history-wise but I would definitely recommend visiting during sunset, just to admire...



Nice ruins and great views over the countryside

On a crisp September morning the views from the castle ruins over the countryside were beautiful and you could see why the fortress was situated here for a dominate position. Nice place to walk...

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