Estonia is a small coastal country in Northern Europe, bordered by the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. Visiting Estonia, you will be transported to a fairy-tale like atmosphere, as the country is filled with medieval houses, magnificent castles and fortifications. The winding paths and alleyways will take you on an indescribable adventure. All the attractions in Estonia are quite entertaining and the legends and folklore involved behind these attractions makes exploring Estonia even more fun.
There are over 1000 castles in castles in Estonia along with manor houses that dates back to as old as 13th century. Many of these beautiful estates, which were once home to wealthy Russian landlords, are now turned to galleries, museums, luxury hotels and restaurants.
While you go on exploring the Estonian countryside, you will notice many structures that speaks of the historical architecture of that place. There are many different styles of architecture in which the castles in Estonia are designed. From Renaissance to baroque and art nouveau/ though many of the Estonian castles and manors have dilapidated over time, but many of them have been renovated and are open to the public. Many of these beautiful landmarks also serve as wedding venues among the local people of Estonia. Head to these castles, click a picture or go plan your wedding!
10 Best Castles In Estonia
Estonia boasts of a number of beautiful castles and manors that are open to visitors. These architectural landmarks speak of the lavish historical background of the country. Take a look at the list of 10 beautiful Estonia castles to know more.
1. Toompea Castle
The Toompea Castle was founded during the period of 1227-29 by the German Knights of the Sword. The castle can be seen perched on the top of a limestone cliff and towers over the rest of the city. This castle was used an army by many empires who ruled over Estonia. The castle is designed in Baroque architecture and though it has been remodeled multiple times, it still retains its original shape that it was built in. The castle architecture consists of different parts from different time periods as it was renovated many times. The most stunning architectural features of the castle includes powerful walls and the Hermann tower. This 46 meter tall tower is a very important national symbol and every day at sunrise the national flag of Estonia flies to the tune of National Anthem.
Location: Lossi Plats 1A, Tallinn, Estonia.
2. Poltsamaa Castle
The Poltsamaa castle stands beside the Poltsamaa River. It was built during the 13th century and was the residence of King of Livonia, Duke Magnus in the 16th century. The castle was pillaged quite a few times and it was rebuilt during 18th century by Woldemar Johann Von Lauw in rococo style. The castle and the in-built church was again burnt down in 1941 and later restored in 1952. In the present day many events are held in the castle grounds and it is also home to Poltsamaa museum, the Estonian Press Museum, clay and handicrafts workshops, a wine cellar and food museum and a restaurant. With so many attractions, Poltsamaa castle serves as the perfect tourist attraction spot.
Location: Lossi, Poltsamaa, Estonia.
3. Sangaste Castle
Located in the Sangaste borough in Estonia, Sangaste castle has turned in to a manor in the present day. It showcases the entire life and work of Friedrich Georg Magnus von Berg, who developed a winter Rye breed in Estonia named Sangaste and hence the name of the castle. This south Estonian palace is worth visiting while on your Europe trip. The castle was designed following the architecture of the famous Windsor castle of England. The architectural beauty, the magnificent halls and the rich history makes Sangaste Castle makes it a perfect wedding venue. There is a restaurant in the castle that serves delicious Estonian food and famous Sangaste rye vodka.
Location: Lossi Kola, Valga County, Estonia.
4. Alatskivi castle
This beautiful neo-Gothic Castle is located in the Eastern border of Estonia. There are many guided tours that you along to the Alatskivi Castle. Here, you can get you know in detail the life history of the aristocrat family that dwelled in the castle. The caste spans over three levels and the tour guides will share countless stories of this beautiful residence, depicting the rich history of the place. Take a day out on your Estonia trip and visit this lovely place while in Estonia.
Location: Lossi 1, Alatskivi, Estonia.
5. Koluvere Castle
The Koluvere Estates originally belonged to the knightly family of de Lode. The castle originally was situated on an artificially created island to which a bridge ran. The most significant architecture of the castle is the four sided defensive complex. The castle has undergone many renovations over time and in the present day, the castle is redesigned to offer many luxury services including a fine dining restaurant, a coffeehouse and a sauna. The castle forefront also organizes many events.
Location: Koluvere, Leon County, Estonia.
6. Kuressaare Castle
Kuressaare Castle is another famous castle in Estonia, built in 14th century. The castle presently houses the Saaremaa Museum. The Kuressaare castle is one of the last remaining original fortification of Baltic origin and not been reconstructed much. The elegant architecture of the castle is aesthetically very pleasing. Visit this castle and explore the history of the local medieval local history.
Location: Lossihoov 1, Kuressaare, Estonia
7. Glehn Castle
Glehn Castle in Tallinn was built in 1886 by Nikolai von Glehn. The castle is located in a beautiful location away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The castle was majorly destroyed during World War 1 but has been restored by the students of Tallinn University and art groups in Estonia. Many weddings takes place within the castle premises and in the present day Glehn Castle serves as a famous spot spots for ceremonial events.
Location: Vana-Mustamae, Tallinn, Estonia.
8. Rakvere Castle
While visiting Estonia, Rakvere Castle is a must see destination. The Rakvere Castle is a very interesting place to visit. Entering the castle, you will see a theme park that showcases the everyday life of people of the 16th century. People dress up as knights and warriors and is a very interesting day out spot especially for families. You can also tour around the castle and see the torture chamber, a Red Lantern Street, a medieval brothel, a wine cellar and an alchemist’s workshop.
Location: Vallimagi, Rakvere, Estonia.
9. Haapsalu Castle
Haapsalu castle and cathedral, built in the 13th century, is one of the best preserved historical buildings of Estonia. The moat of the castle is stylized into a children’s playground for the little ones. There is a 38 meter high bell tower that you can climb. During the noon time if you climb to the top of the tower, you can hear the carillon playing, which can be heard all throughout the city.
Location: Lossi Plats 3, Haapsalu, Estonia.
Here, you have it, some of the most beautiful castles in Estonia, which will totally transport you to the medieval times when you visit them. So, get packed and book your international vacation right away!
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