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Rakvere Castle

Rakvere Castle

Rakvere Castle is a partially preserved medieval citadel located in Rakvere of Lääne-Viru County in Estonia.



Location: Rakvere, Lääne-Viru County  Map

Tel. (372) 322 5502

Constructed: 1346 by Livonian Order

Open: May- Sep: 11am- 7pm

Oct- Apr: advanced booking only


Price: Adult 4.5 Euro

Family: 9 Euro

Students: 3.5 Euro




Description of Rakvere Castle


Rakvere Castle was constructed in 1346 by Livonian Order that needed a series of military fortifications to defend their lands. During Livonian War (1558- 1583) Rakvere Castle was attacked several times by the Russians. But the final blow occurred in 1605 then retreating joint forces of Polish- Lithuanian Commonwealth blew up the citadel so it won't be used by the advancing Swedish armies. It was abandoned ever since until 20th century then the castle in Rakvere became its restoration project. Today Rakvere Castle houses a museum of Livonian order as well as exhibits of medieval warfare and tools of torture.  Unlike other museums you can try out these weapons. And if shooting arrows or sword fighting is not your thing, you can try hand in minting coins, forging, pottery and etc. Additionally Rakvere Castle has a wine cellar in the well preserved basement of the Rakvere Castle as well as Schenkenberg's Pub with medieval recipes.











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