Saadjärve Fort

Saadjärve Fort

Salu küla, Tartu vald, Tartu maakond

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Right next to Lake Saadjärv, you will find an ancient town that is also known as the Äksi Bed of Kalevipoeg. The oldest findings from the stronghold date back to the first centuries AD. The fort is 33.5 metres high and there is a moat at either end.
Interesting facts: - According to an old folk tale, Kalevipoeg carried a great amount of sand to the place for a bed. Once he thought the bed was big enough, he led down on it for some rest. But the pillow was too small. Kalevipoeg threw it into a swamp and took a new one. The wrong pillow can still be seen in the swamp – in the shape of a small island on the eastern side of the swamp.

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Getting there

You will find Saadjärve Fort when you drive along the Tartu-Jõgeva road and turn right from Lähte, towards Kukulinna. Drive on straight from Kukulinna until you get to the Mäe crossroads and the fort lies to its right, opposite Lake Soitsjärv.


  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car


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