Viljandi attractions

Top Choice Castle in Viljandi

Viljandi Teutonic Order Castle

Set within a lush park, the scant remains of Viljandi's hilltop castle form a picturesque set of ruins and offer sweeping views over the valley and the lake below. Built in 1224 by the German Knights of the Sword on…
Church in Viljandi

St John’s Lutheran Church

This medieval church looks like it’s been given a Cape Cod Better Homes makeover, with pale-grey walls and a stone altar – rescuing it from its Soviet incarnation as a furniture warehouse. It was originally part of …
Gallery in Viljandi

Kondas Centre

Housing vibrantly colourful works by local painter Paul Kondas (1900–85) and other self-taught artists working outside the mainstream, this is Estonia’s only gallery dedicated to naïve and outsider art. It’s not har…
Museum in Viljandi

Viljandi Museum

Facing the old market square, this modest two-storey museum has displays tracing Viljandi’s history from the Stone Age to the mid-20th century. There are folk costumes, stuffed animals, old photos of the city, Vikin…
Lake in Viljandi

Viljandi järv

Accessed by a steep path leading down from Pikk street, the lake is a popular place for a swim on warm summer days. All the usual hallmarks of the Estonian beach are here (volleyball court, cafes, boat rental) and t…
Church in Viljandi

St Paul’s Lutheran Church

Built in the Tudor-Gothic style in 1866, this big, castle-like, stone-and-brick Lutheran church has a wooden pulpit and gallery, and a large crucifixion scene above its altar.
Viewpoint in Viljandi

Old Water Tower

One of Vijlandi's most distinctive landmarks, this odd 30m red-brick water tower topped with a hexagonal wooden structure offers fine views over the countryside.