Hanseatic days in Viljandi

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Hanseatic days in Viljandi

Viljandi was a bustling medieval town thanks to the trade route passing through. In order to reminisce about the golden age of Viljandi, Hanseatic Days are organised every year. In early summer, this small town takes on a medieval look to remind us how the Hanseatic League membership brought wealth and exciting ideas to Viljandi through the ages.

The Hanseatic Days, held during the first weekend in June, 1-2 June, mark the start of the summer events season in Viljandi. The local Hanseatic Days have in time become something more than just a medieval festival – this is a real community event that brings thousands of people to the streets, townspeople and visitors alike.

4 tips on where to go during the Hanseatic Days

  • The central event of this year's Hanseatic Days is the Café Night, held on 2 June, during which pop-up restaurants work alongside regular cafés, all of which are open till very late in the evening. What makes these one-night-only restaurants so special is that they have been created by local people and set up in their homes and gardens. The Café Night is a lovely opportunity for enjoying the light-filled nights of June with delicious food and great company.
  • Inspired by the "Gogoli disko" (Gogol's Disco) production (based on the eponymous award-winning novel by Paavo Matsin) premiering at the Ugala Theatre on the same night, a real Gogol's Disco is organised at the secret garden of Viljandi old town, where you can dance to the music of exciting DJ-s until the morning.
  • A large craft fair, which extends over cure little old town streets, ensures that the traditional spirit of Hanseatic Days is kept alive. The environment is that of real medieval trade. The fair includes goods from Estonian and foreign craftsmen; the products are made solely of natural and home-grown materials
  • The Song and Dance Festival of Viljandi County is held Saturday night as a last large gathering of local singers and dancers before the national Youth Song and Dance Celebration organised in Tallinn.
Last updated : 23.04.2018

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