In southeastern Estonia, on a steep hill above the river Pisa you can find impressive Vastseliina castle ruins. It is situated on the outskirts of the village Vahtseliina and about 4 km from the town Vastseliina. This area due to its location on the trade route Riga – Pskov was the scene of many battles.
Vastseliina castle was founded in the 14th century by German knights. It became the border point between the territories of the Teutonic Knights and the Russian area. Until the mid-19th century the area prospered. The castle is situated right on the road to Meremäe.
When you go to the castle away from the former Norman pub, on the left in the valley you will see Vastseliina Park, where a nice 15 km long circular hiking trail starts. This lead along the river up to the north to Suumremetse. Near the ruins there is a map with walking and cycling trails.
To Vastseliina castle you can get a regular bus connection from the metropolis Võru, which goes several times a day. Some buses then continue to the town of Missa.
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