Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle

Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle

Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle
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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.
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Globetrotter045
Haacht, Belgium5,415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
The castle park is a lovely place for a walk with several trails. The castle ruins are just ruins, not much is left from the Teutonic castle. But from the top of the park, you have a sweeping view of the lake and the valley below. Behind the castle is also a beautiful suspension bridge.
Written July 12, 2019
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York4,185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
The castle ruins are quite impressive and interesting to walk through. Try to imagine what once was there.
Written July 4, 2018
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phutty
Tallinn, Estonia1,366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
To me there is nowhere else in Estonia that is is effortlessly picturesque as the scene that opens up from the castle ruins on the hill overlooking Lake Viljandi and the land below. That alone makes visiting the ruins a must, but the history of the place itself is also fascinating, and imagining what it must have been like all those hundreds of years ago is part of the joy of visiting.
Written May 29, 2018
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SaxSaliba
Montepulciano, Italy250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Ruins from the year 1200 is not something that you can see everywhere or everyday. It would be great if the council/government can do something to protect these ruins and save them from disaster.
Written December 17, 2017
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M M
Glasgow, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Weather permitting, a beautiful place for a lovely walk. Well looked after, very clean, presume by town/ council.
Written August 10, 2017
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Anu
Estonia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
The ruins are interesting in themselves for history buffs but it's a very nice walk for everyone, offering goregeous views of the lake and the surrounding countryside. Plus a park and the famous suspension bridge.
Written October 28, 2016
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Tjigra
Riga, Latvia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Rather well preserved ruins of a great castle, in a grand place with beautiful view. You can both admire the view and learn the history of the castle and whole region. Just make sure you go there when the weather is nice.
Written August 23, 2016
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SaxSaliba
Montepulciano, Italy250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
Great little place in the heart of Viljandi. This place offers nice views and a bit of history. Lovely visit.
Written June 22, 2016
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JuanGrana
Mar del Plata, Argentina18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
It is really interesting place right in the heart of Viljandi, there's no much left of the Castle but still worth seeing it, quite a view !
Written May 22, 2016
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SurreyGirl27
Addlestone, UK1,155 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
There is little to see in Viljandi as it is mainly a drive through point between Parnu and Tartu. However a short stop at the Viljandi Castle Ruins and nearby church is worth a visit. Teutonic castle of which little remains but the ongoing restoration programme offers great promise and the views are excellent. However it is very exposed and there is little or no shelter if it is raining (as it often does in Livonia). Best of all it is free and there is a new visitor centre with facilities and a small shop.
Written July 30, 2015
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