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Things to do in Viljandi

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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Viljandi
Category: Castles
Owner description: The stone castle started to appear on the place of the former Estonian stronghold in 1224. The fortress got its final shape... more » Owner description: 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 Kaeuvumagi hill over the 13 meters deep trench in 1931. From the ruins you have the most beautiful view over the lake of Viljandi. « less
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Viljandi
Category: Parks
Owner description: The park is located on the slope of the ancient valley and is named after the ruins of the order castle. When the town... more » Owner description: The park is located on the slope of the ancient valley and is named after the ruins of the order castle. When the town started to grow in the second half of the 19th century the need for a recreational zone arose. In 1863 the right to use the castle hills was received from the manor. The works were initiated in 1893.In 1925 the Varese sild (Crow bridge) was finished and connected the town with the park.Interesting to know:· the works where initially carried out by convicts. These were people who were bearing liability in the house of detention for whatever reason and were thereby able to shorten their sentence.A main component of the landscape of the park is the relief, the proximity of a body of water is also important.Take a look at the aerial panorama (picture by Joel Tammet). « less
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Ranked #3 of 20 attractions in Viljandi
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: This art center, which is focused primarily on naivistic and "outsider" art was opened in an old rectory building in 2003.... more » Owner description: This art center, which is focused primarily on naivistic and "outsider" art was opened in an old rectory building in 2003. The permanent exhbition includes the paintings of Viljandi naivist Paul Kondas and the wooden sculptures of Joann Sostra. Interesting fact: Paul Kondas is Estonia's most famous naivist; his best known painting is "Strawberry Eaters". - The large concrete strawberries on the streets of Viljandi show the way to the Kondase Center. « less
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Ranked #4 of 20 attractions in Viljandi
Category: Bridges
Owner description: The bridge made by the Riga company Felser & Co in 1879 was erected amid the castle hills in Viljandi in 1931. It was a... more » Owner description: The bridge made by the Riga company Felser & Co in 1879 was erected amid the castle hills in Viljandi in 1931. It was a present by the lord of the Tarvastu Manor Karl von Mensenkampf.Interesting to know:*The bridge is over 50 m long.* It was erected over a valley which is 15 m deep.* At first, the bridge was located over the moat in Tarvastu to make it easier for the family of the lord to visit the chapel in the ruins. The rope bridge has become a favourite object of both citizens and visitors of Viljandi and one of the town’s important symbols. It was reconstructed in 1995. « less
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Ranked #5 of 20 attractions in Viljandi
Category: Theaters
Owner description: This centre, which was completed next to the ruins of the old castle in Viljandi in 2008, is a contemporary concert hall and... more » Owner description: This centre, which was completed next to the ruins of the old castle in Viljandi in 2008, is a contemporary concert hall and cultural centre. The first floor is home to two concert halls, one large and one small, seating 407 and 80 people respectively. There is also a shop selling a wide range of traditional music CDs, books and instruments. In the basement, beneath majestic arches, musicians practise their art, the August Pulst music school holds classes and the traditional music archives operate. « less
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Ranked #6 of 20 attractions in Viljandi
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The church devoted to John the Baptist was erected in the 17thC upon the ruins of a Franciscan abbey. The church was... more » Owner description: The church devoted to John the Baptist was erected in the 17thC upon the ruins of a Franciscan abbey. The church was destroyed several times in various wars and then invariably rebuilt. Still functioning after the Second World War, it was closed in 1950 and turned into a warehouse.It was consecrated again in 1992 and is now often used as a concert venue. Interesting to know:*This place of worship contains the communion table by Aivar Oja and stained-glass windows by Renee Aua.*Wall carpets have been made by the local textile artist Prof. Anu Raud, whose work "Mother Tree” is displayed in the UN's main building in New York. « less
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Ranked #7 of 20 attractions in Viljandi
Category: Museums
Owner description: Museum of Viljandi is located in an old pharmacy with an exhibition on two floors presenting the history of Viljandi up to... more » Owner description: Museum of Viljandi is located in an old pharmacy with an exhibition on two floors presenting the history of Viljandi up to the middle of 20th century. There are many stuffed animals and birds in the exhibition stand introducing nature. A varied collection of archaeological finds gives an overview of the prehistory.    A model of the Viljandi Order Castle with items from that period represent the Middle Ages and a model of a threshing room together with an exhibition of national garments and jewelry introduces folk culture. There's also an overview of local life and events during the 19th and 20th century and you can also watch a film. Different exhibitions are held in the room of temporary exhibitions. « less
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Ranked #8 of 20 attractions in Viljandi
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Category: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Lake Viljandi is in a primeval valley, which is 11 m deep, 450 m wide and 4600 metres long. The lake is well-known in Estonia... more » Owner description: Lake Viljandi is in a primeval valley, which is 11 m deep, 450 m wide and 4600 metres long. The lake is well-known in Estonia thanks to the song about the boatman of VIljandi, who day-dreams about the beautiful blue eyes of a girl he once saw when he was young. The trail that goes around the lake will take hikers to the observation platform on the other shore where you will see a charming and unique silhouette of the town. « less
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Category: Parks
Owner description: The park in front of the main building of Viljandi Manor is home to a 'world tree' bearing national patterns carved out of... more » Owner description: The park in front of the main building of Viljandi Manor is home to a 'world tree' bearing national patterns carved out of the old, dry oak. Both the tree and the large wooden Hiiu zither nearby made a home for themselves in the park in spring 2009, when Viljandi held the title of Forest Capital of Estonia. The park's 'orchestra' obtained new players in 2010: a willow whistle and bellows. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The small neo-classical church with its strong tower was built in the years 1821-1825. The iconostasis of the church hall is... more » Owner description: The small neo-classical church with its strong tower was built in the years 1821-1825. The iconostasis of the church hall is embellished with antique shape pilasters and entablature.Interesting to know:·The plot of the altar painting "Let the children come to me" by an unknown artist is unique.·The epitaphs of the von Stryk family, the family of the patron of the church, were preserved. « less
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Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: This monument was erected to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Estonian nationalist painting.Johann... more » Owner description: This monument was erected to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Estonian nationalist painting.Johann Koler was born in the parish of Suure-Jaani in Viljandi County.Did you know…?*Having studied painting at the Academy of Art, Koler went on to further studies in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy.*He was employed in the court of the Russian emperor as the drawing teacher of the tsar’s daughter. *He corresponded with forward-thinking Estonian intellectuals and took part in events as part of the nationalist movement.The monument was sculpted by Edgar Viies, having been designed by Rein Luup. « less
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Category: Bar/ Clubs
Owner description: Club City is a nightclub that offers the best entertainment for people who value good company and quality music. City mainly... more » Owner description: Club City is a nightclub that offers the best entertainment for people who value good company and quality music. City mainly offers positive emotions with mostly new and modern club music and well-known radio hits.Club City — a place with an eventful atmosphere and of unforgettable emotions. « less
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Category: Cemeteries
Owner description: The cemetery was established during the Second World War. First German soldiers killed in battles were buried there already... more » Owner description: The cemetery was established during the Second World War. First German soldiers killed in battles were buried there already in the summer of 1941. In the autumn of 1944 the Soviet occupation army destroyed all gravestones. In 1991-1993 the German War Graves Commission restored the cemetery. It is now a resting place for about 700 soldiers who perished in battles and died in hospitals. A couple of dozens of them are Estonians. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Karula Church has been working in the converted manor granary since 1997. The most special feature of the church is the... more » Owner description: Karula Church has been working in the converted manor granary since 1997. The most special feature of the church is the stained glass painting 'Eucharist' of Estonian artist Dolores Hoffmann which depicts local people as the disciples against the background of the holly landscape of Karula.The doors of the Karula Church are open to visitors during Sunday services. Please contact a representative of the congregation if you wish to visit the church some other time.Interesting facts:• The same building was used as an animal barn during the Soviet times.• The stained glass painting was donated to Karula Church by the descendants of the German squires the von Grotes. « less
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Category: Gardens
Owner description: There is a pedestrian mall in the heart of Viljandi where you will see an amazing array of things - fragments of the medieval... more » Owner description: There is a pedestrian mall in the heart of Viljandi where you will see an amazing array of things - fragments of the medieval town wall; a modern walking track with unique fountains and benches; and examples of drying barn architecture from the olden days. The Arkaadia gardens were inspired by a dance hall and meeting place here that went by the same dreamy name among locals in the early 1930s. « less
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Category: Theaters
Owner description: Founded in 1920, Ugala is one of Estonia's oldest professional drama theatres. It is also one of the country's largest, with... more » Owner description: Founded in 1920, Ugala is one of Estonia's oldest professional drama theatres. It is also one of the country's largest, with a main hall accommodating an audience of up to 500 and a smaller hall with seating for up to 160. Ugala's repertoire has something for everyone, from children's shows and musicals to world classics and contemporary drama. Estonian classics also form a major part of the theatre's repertoire. Each season usually includes 10 new productions and around 300 performances. « less
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Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: The stairs of the Trepimagi in Viljandi were constructed around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th... more » Owner description: The stairs of the Trepimagi in Viljandi were constructed around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century in order to improve the road connecting the town and the lake. The stairs have five flights and 158 steps. Next to the Trepimagi lie the beautiful homes of the town’s merchants and rich residents from the old days.Interesting to know:· In the course of the Viljandi Hanseatic Days a run on the Trepimagi is organised and all participants who beat the time of the former county governor Helir-Valdor Seederi are rewarded with a medal.The Trepimagi was reconstructed in 1991. « less
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Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: The moto of Home Gallery is "Value your home", but when visiting our shopping centre you also value time: everything you need... more » Owner description: The moto of Home Gallery is "Value your home", but when visiting our shopping centre you also value time: everything you need for construction or decorating your home or office, is right here.• Construction materials.• Furniture for your home (also on special order).• Audio-video, IT and photo equipment and also kitchen and home appliances.• Security systems.• Wardrobe systems, blinds, sliding doors, partition walls.  « less
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Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: Carl Robert Jakobson was one the most important public figures during the Estonian Period of Awakening as well as a... more » Owner description: Carl Robert Jakobson was one the most important public figures during the Estonian Period of Awakening as well as a columnist, writer, teacher and founder of Sakala, the newspaper of Viljandi County. The statue was erected in 1998, for Jakobson’s 157th birthday. - The statue was sculpted by Mati Karmin.- C.R. Jakobson is depicted on the Estonian 500-kroon note. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: When the town of Viljandi started to grow in the middle of the 19th century the only church in town became too small for the... more » Owner description: When the town of Viljandi started to grow in the middle of the 19th century the only church in town became too small for the people. The Viljandi estate owner baron Ungern-Stenberg gave the community a part of his estate as building ground for the church.Interesting to know:· The architect of the sanctuary that was consecrated in 1866 was Matthias von Holst.· During the construction of the building so called Tudor Gothic elements were used as they were fashionable at that time. · The author of the altar painting "Christ on the Cross" is Karl Christian Andreae.· Since 1866 a G. Knauf organ fills the church with music, the biggest still functional organ of its kind in Estonia. « less
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