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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 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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Lake Viljandi
Lake Viljandi
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... 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
Attraction type: Bodies of Water
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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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St. John's Church
St. John's Church
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... 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
Attraction type: Churches & Cathedrals
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Kohvik Fellin
Kohvik Fellin
Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Viljandi
Cuisines: European, Cafe
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Roheline Maja Shop and Cafe
Roheline Maja Shop and Cafe
Ranked #2 of 24 Restaurants in Viljandi
Cuisines: Cafe, European
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Seating
Amrita Cafe
Amrita Cafe
Ranked #3 of 24 Restaurants in Viljandi
Price: $5 - $17
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, European
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Kohvik Harmoonia
Kohvik Harmoonia
Ranked #5 of 24 Restaurants in Viljandi
Price: $6 - $21
Cuisines: European
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, 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
Soso Juures
Soso Juures
Ranked #6 of 24 Restaurants in Viljandi
Dining options: Outdoor Seating

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hostel Ingeri
Hostel Ingeri
$42 - $51
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Kaare Guesthouse
Kaare Guesthouse
$49 - $68
Ranked #1 of 12 Viljandi B&B and Inns
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Manniku Metsatalu
Manniku Metsatalu
$44 - $45
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
$72 - $215 (€62 - €184)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Viljandi
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