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The most impressive castles in Estonia

Castles in Estonia were once home to Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian regents and landowners. Apart from Toompea Castle, which is now home to the Estonian parliament, most are now museums, luxury hotels, or rental spaces.

You'll find some of these castles are included on the Museum Card, which also gives you access to over a hundred other museums all around Estonia. If you long for a taste of royal life, check out the list below for the castles in Estonia worth visiting!

Toompea Castle

Architecture and history

Toompea Castle was erected on the foundations of the crumbling eastern wing of the fortress built on this site in the 13th and 14th centuries. The...

Toompea Castle

Source: Kaupo Kalda

Taagepera Castle

Architecture and history

Taagepera Castle is a special place – it is a mixture of elegant and rustic milieus, history, and the present. Baron Hugo von Stryk had the...

Taagepera Castle

Source: Rene Türk

Põltsamaa Castle

Architecture and history

The stone fortress was constructed on the banks of the Põltsamaa River already in 1272. Later on (1570–1578) the fortress was the residence of...

Põltsamaa Castle

Source: Tõnu Tunnel

Kadriorg Palace

Architecture and history

Kadriorg Palace was founded by Russian Tsar Peter I in 1718. The palace was named Kadriorg (Katharinenthal in German) in honour of his wife Catherine...

Source: Eesti Kunstimuuseum

Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

Architecture and history

Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, also known as Kuressaare Castle, is one of the most interesting and best-preserved fortresses in Estonia. While built...

Source: Priidu Saart/Visit Saaremaa

Rakvere Castle

Museums & Galleries

The castle in Rakvere offers a lot of excitement for the entire family! When you enter the castle, you will find yourself in a theme park...

Rakvere Castle

Source: Simo Sepp, Visit Estonia Toolbox

Alatskivi Castle

Architecture and history

A magical castle on the eastern border of Estonia is waiting for you! Here, you can get acquainted with the life and history of an aristocratic...

Alatskivi Castle

Source: Alatskivi loss

Sangaste Castle

Architecture and history

Sangaste Castle is one of the 21 Southern Estonian places worth discovering that are marked with a yellow National Geographic window. If you are...

Sangaste Castle

Source: Otepää Turismiinfokeskus

Kiltsi castle

Architecture and history

Kiltsi castle was erected on the ruins of a vassal fortress dating from the 15th–16th centuries. The main building that stands today was completed...

Source: Kristjan Lust

Laitse Castle

Architecture and history

Laitse manor resembles a medieval knight’s castle. Built by Woldemar von Uexküll in 1892, its one of the best works in the local neo-Gothic style....

Laitse Castle

Source: Sven Tupits

Sillapää Castle

Architecture and history

Räpina Mäemõisa Manor House, also known as Sillapää Castle representing the Late Classical style was built in the middle of the 19th century. The...

Sillapää Castle

Source: Toivo Lees

Suuremõisa castle

Architecture and history

The baroque Suuremõisa castle was constructed between 1755 and 1760, commissioned by Countess Ebba-Margaretha von Stenbock (née De la Gardie). Count...

Suuremõisa castle

Source: Ivo Panasjuk

Kuremaa Castle and Park

Architecture and history

Kuremaa Classicist manor house was built in 1837-1843 by the von Oettingen family. The manor house was designed by the architect E. J. T. Strauss...

Source: Andres Razik

Keila-Joa Manor and Schloss Fall Museum

Architecture and history

This manor complex was built in 1833 in the neo-gothic style according to the designs of Hans von Stackenschneider, who would go on to become one of...

Keila-Joa Manor and Schloss Fall Museum

Source: Kaupo Kalda

Paide Vallitorn and Ruins of the Order Castle at Vallimägi

Architecture and history

The construction of the Paide Order Castle began in 1265 using local white limestone. The first building on Vallimägi Hill was the octagonal Tall...

Source: Margus Kontus