Viljandi is an ancient hilly city in the South of Estonia.
Evidence of civilization around Viljandi dates back to 500 B.C.. The first written record of a "Viljandi stronghold" was in 1154 in the commentaries to al-Idrisi's world atlas "Geography."
Hanseatic merchants settled in Viljandi in the 14th century.
For many people Viljandi conjures up images of the Viljandi Folk Music Festival and Viljandi Culture Academy. This small city is the "capital of folk music" for most Estonians and also appeals to people who enjoy parks.
Viljandi hosts many events and several international festivals throughout the year.
Hanseatic merchants' spirit can still be felt in Viljandi every June. People trade at a fair, dress the way people did in that area, organise exhibitions and party.
The Viljandi Folk festival runs for 4 days on the last weekend in July. More than 100 concerts take place in Viljandi castle’s ruins, churches, and other venues throughout Viljandi County. It is the largest annual music festival in Estonia
The Early Music Festival, Hanseatic Days, Young Dance Festival, Mulgi Rally, Winter Folk Dance Festival, the “Theatre in Suitcase” puppet theatre festival etc. Since 1928, a run around Lake Viljandi has taken place on the first day of May every year.
Tennis courts, cafes, playgrounds, a diving tower, boat rental and catamaran trips are available at the lake. Visit Viljandi for exhibitions and performances or simply walk the winding roads and sense the ancient history and mood of the town.