Rakvere Things to Do

  • Town Square, Rakvere
    Town Square, Rakvere
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  • Town Square, Rakvere
    Town Square, Rakvere
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  • Tarvas Statue, Rakvere
    Tarvas Statue, Rakvere
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    Town Square

    by antistar Written Aug 12, 2010

    The wide, expansive town square has been renovated beyond recognition. Once a place to tie up your cows ready for market, it's now a pleasantly designed, well laid out and relaxing park. It has fountains, and marbled patterned surface, with big, clean benches sitting under the square's most distinctive feature: giant pixie hats hanging from white concrete arches.

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    Tarvas Statue

    by antistar Written Aug 12, 2010

    Near the castle, on Vallimägi hill, overlooking one of the main roads into the town, is the giant seven ton bronze bull statue. Now as I said in the intro, the town used to be called Tarvaspää, or Bull's Head, so it's no surprise that they mark the town's 700th birthday by building a statue of a huge, imposing bull.

    I would liked to have got more, better, pictures of the statue, but it was so cold on that hill, I swear my fingers would have snapped off if I'd stayed any longer.

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    Rakvere Castle

    by antistar Written Aug 12, 2010

    This particular castle has been around since the 14th century, but there's evidence that it dates back much further than that. Before the stone castle, there was very likely a wooden fortification on the same spot.

    There's not much left, due to it seeing a lot of combat. This was long a troubled region. The castle has been occupied by Germans, Danes, Swedes, Russians and Poles. It was pretty much destroyed during the 16th and 17th centuries, when Sweden, Russia and the Livonians (Lithuanians and Poles).

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    Inside Rakvere Castle

    by mcblacktiger Written Nov 21, 2005

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    Rakvere castle is usually closed during the winter, but we got lucky because they had opened it for three tour groups from Latvia and they let us in to see it.

    There is a small torture chamber and horror house, a sword museum, and restaurant inside of the castle. There are also exhibits of life in the castle.

    It cost about $3.50(40EEK) per person and $7(80EEK) for a family pass.

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    Other things to do in Rakvere.

    by mcblacktiger Written Aug 26, 2005

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    In Rakvere there is also "Old Town" along Pikk street.
    "Trinity church" which was built during the 14th and 15th centuries.
    "Okaskroon", a memorial to Estonians deported to Siberia, and next to it is a german military cemetery.

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    Manor houses

    by mcblacktiger Written Aug 26, 2005

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    There are many manor houses located around Rakvere, including Arkna, Karitsa, Kloodi, Kullaaru, Lasila, Madipea, and Veltsi. Farther out there are also probably the most famous of Estonian manors, Saagadi and Palmse: both of which are now very nice hotels.(see my Sagadi travelpage)

    Sagadi manor, Sagadi Estonia
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    Rakvere castle

    by mcblacktiger Updated Aug 26, 2005

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    The Danes built the first stone stronghold on Vallimae Hill around 1302 but it has had may different owners throughout its lifetime. In 1605 it was permanantly abandoned and allowed to fall into ruin. But recently part of it has been renovated and it now houses a museum. During the summer open air concerts and festivals are held there.

    The large bull monument, a windmill and a recreation area are located on the same hill. The town itself is also within walking distance of the castle.

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    Castle

    by Ben-UK Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    The castle was first mentioned in old records in 1226 at which time the town, ruled by Danes, was called Wesenberg. The town was freed by the Danish king in 1302.

    After Virumaa and Harjumaa passed into the possession of the Livonian Order in 1347, a major reconstruction of the castle was carried out in several stages.

    The castle was under Danish, German, Russian, Swedish and Polish rule for about 400 years -- it was destroyed in 1605.

    The castle is now a museum and events centre -- you can see medieval weapons, try firing a crossbow, you can learn about the history of the Livonian Order, see a medieval dining room, chapel, wine cellar and torture chamber if you wish -- guided tours are available.

    Opening times :-

    June / July / August --
    open every day 11-00 to 19-00

    May and September --
    open Wednesday to Sunday 11-00 to 17-00

    There is an entrance fee.

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    Bull

    by Ben-UK Written Oct 16, 2004

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    Well, if you go to the castle you can't miss the big sculpture of a bull in front of it -- it's become a sort of landmark and people have their photos taken in front of it -- I stayed behind the camera ....

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    A great manor house nearby

    by Lodestar Written Jan 7, 2004

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    If you are in the Laane-Virumaa county or just in Rakvere, you should definitely plan a half-a-day-trip to Palmse, to see one of the most magnificent, famous and best restored manor houses in Estonia. The manor house itself is quite spectacular both inside and out - the nice interior design, royal look etc. make it a popular place for fancy events like weddings and company dinners. You should also take a stroll around in the surrounding park. The swan pond and the extremely nice garden offers a great spot for a nice picnic or just a romantic walk :)

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    A cool monument

    by Lodestar Written Jan 7, 2004

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    This huge (7 tons) ox was sculpted by one of the most popular contemporary estonian artsist - Tauno Kangro, and it is supposed to commemorate the time when Rakvere was first given the Lybeck city rights back in the beginning of the 13th century.
    Well, anyways, it's a really nice sculpture right next to the stronghold ruins.

    Tarvas (Ox) in Rakvere

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    The ruins of the stronghold

    by Lodestar Written Jan 7, 2004

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    The ruins, which are actually not that ruined at all ;), as you can see from the picture, are usually the main reason for visitors coming to Rakvere. You can have a great view from the top of the mountain where the stronghold stood, look around between the ancient walls, visit the museum, see a performance and so on...

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    The Statue of an Aurochs

    by Travelchili Written Dec 1, 2003

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    Not far from the castle you can find the Statue of an Aurochs after which the ancient name of Rakvere came into being. The statue was opened on June 15th, 2002 to celebrate the passing of 700 years since Rakvere got the town rights.

    The statue was made by very famous Estonian sculptor Tauno Kangro.

    The height of the statue is 3,5 m, length 7,1 m, space between the horns 3,4 m, weight 7000 kg.

    On the base of the statue there is the coat-of-arms of Rakvere, on the sides a short history in all the languages of the former owners of the stronghold and the names of those who supported the creation of the statue.

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    Rakvere Stonecastle

    by Travelchili Written Dec 1, 2003

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    During the summertime, the Rakvere Stonecastle ruins are used for open-air theater. If you happen to be in Estonia during the summer and care for theater, you can have a fantastic experience over there!

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    Rakvere Stonecastle

    by Travelchili Written Dec 1, 2003

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    The Rakvere stonecastle was first mentioned in the Latvian's Henrik Chronicle of Livonia in 1226 at which time the town, ruled by Danes, was called Wesenberg. The town was freed by the Danish king in 1302. Afterwards the castle was under German, Russian, Swedish and Polish rule for about 400 years and it was finally destroyed in the 17th century.

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