Ruins of Lihula Stronghold

Ruins of Lihula Stronghold

Linnuse tee, Lihula linn, Lääneranna vald
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Lihula was appointed in 1211 by Riga archbishop Albert to be the centre of Estonia's bishopric. Instead of ancient Estonians stronghold that was on the hill a new stone stronghold was built in 1238. The owners of the stronghold were Danes, Swedes, Germans and Russians. At present time only stronghold walls are extant in ruins. Interesting to know: So far the excavations showed that Lihula Bishop Stronghold represents one of the most unique fortifications of 13th century in Baltics. The core of it was highly placed main stronghold. In the North and West directions in addition to wall it was protected by abrupt slopes of main terrace and trench filled with water.

Features and amenities

National Park



Free parking
Information boards

Getting there

Lihula Stronghold ruins you can find on Risti-Virtsu motorway driving into Lihula town. Coming from Pärnu ruins are just at the exit from the city.

Nearby stops

Bus: Lihula


Sealed access road
By excursion bus
By public transport
By car

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