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Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle
Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle
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... 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
Attraction type: Castles
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Viljandi Lossipark
Viljandi Lossipark
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... 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
Attraction type: Parks
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Viljandi Rope Bridge
Viljandi Rope Bridge
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... 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
Attraction type: Bridges
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Kondas Center
Kondas Center
Owner description: Kondas Center primarily focuses on naive and "outsider" art. The museum was opened in 2003 in a late 19th century rectory building. We have a permanent exhibition of Estonia's... more Owner description: Kondas Center primarily focuses on naive and "outsider" art. The museum was opened in 2003 in a late 19th century rectory building. We have a permanent exhibition of Estonia's most famous naive painter Paul Kondas - who lived in Viljandi most of his life. Kondas' most well-known painting is "Strawberry Eaters", hence one may find large concrete strawberries allover the streets of Viljandi. We do some 30 temporary exhibitions yearly, half of them are by self-taught artists and the other half by professional artists. less
Attraction type: Art Galleries
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Museum of Viljandi
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... 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
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Kohvik Fellin
Kohvik Fellin
Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Viljandi
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Roheline Maja Shop and Cafe
Roheline Maja Shop and Cafe
Ranked #2 of 19 Restaurants in Viljandi
Cuisines: Vegetarian, Vegan
Dining options: Delivery
Aida Cafe
Aida Cafe
Ranked #3 of 19 Restaurants in Viljandi
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Reservations
Amrita Cafe
Amrita Cafe
Ranked #4 of 19 Restaurants in Viljandi
Price: $4 - $16
Cuisines: Italian, Indian
Kohvik Harmoonia
Kohvik Harmoonia
Ranked #5 of 19 Restaurants in Viljandi
Price: $2 - $14
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night Food, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Peetrimoisa Villa Viljandi Spa Hotell
Peetrimoisa Villa Viljandi Spa Hotell
$50 - $182
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Viljandi
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Hostel Ingeri
Hostel Ingeri
$37 - $45
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Kaare Guesthouse
Kaare Guesthouse
$40 - $61
Ranked #3 of 12 Viljandi B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Grand Hotel Viljandi
4.0 of 5
Grand Hotel Viljandi
$94 - $313 (EUR 86 - 286)
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Viljandi
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