Top things to do in Viljandi

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…
Pub Food in Viljandi

Suur Vend

Friendly service, big portions, a pool table and boppy music from the jukebox create a cheerful mood at this cosy pub, with an outdoor deck and lots of dark wood inside. The wide-ranging menu offers few surprises an…
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…
Cafe in Viljandi

Fellin

'Local food and live music' is the mantra at this very cool cafe-bar, which stands head and shoulders above Viljandi's other eating and drinking options. The menu ranges from light snacks, salads and soups to more s…
Live Music in Viljandi

Traditional Music Centre

Viljandi’s reputation as Estonia’s folk-music capital was cemented with the opening of this very un-folksy modern centre in 2007. As well as being a place for study, it has two state-of-the-art concert halls and an …
Pub Food in Viljandi

Tegelaste Tuba

The terrace overlooking the park is one drawcard of this tavern but so is the comfy interior on cold, rainy days. Estonian handicrafts enliven the walls, and a diverse crowd enjoys the wide-ranging menu of soups, sa…
Music in Viljandi

Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Easily the biggest event on the calendar, this hugely popular, four-day music festival is renowned for its friendly, relaxed vibe and impressive international line-up. It sees Viljandi’s population double in size ar…