Lõhavere hill fort

Viljandimaa, Sakala puhkeala
The hill fort of Lõhavere was occupied by a local Estonian chieftain Lembitu during the Late Iron Age. It is one of the most thoroughly studied hill forts in Estonia. Major archaeological excavations have been conducted on the site since the late 19th century and almost two thirds of the stronghold has been excavated. Many of the stronghold’s details correspond to the description of the castle written in the Livonian Chronicle by a priest called Henry of Latvia in 1215. The stronghold has been built on a moraine hill which rises 8 to 10 meters above the surrounding terrain. Encircling the top of the hill is a man-made sand wall, which was originally supported from inside by a 2.5 meter timber wall. Timber structures were built on the top of the wall. The main gate of the hill fort was on the north side and was probably protected by a wooden tower.
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Type of objectOther
Parking facilities Parking for 13 cars, 3 buses.
Amenities Gathering place with benches, information board and historical comic storyboards.
A trail marked with arrows and a metal stair lead to the main gate of the hill fort. To return from the hill fort to the parking lot there is a wooden staircase.
Sights A memorial  “To the defenders of Sakala 1217-1223” designed by sculptor  Renaldo Veeber and architect Ülo Stöör was opened in 1969. 
Winter accessibilityThe parking lot and access road are maintained in the winter season.
Additional information
Before going on a nature walk please read the Environmental code of conduct (freedom to roam).
It is forbidden to make camp fire in the hill fort area!
RestrictionsThe hill fort is a archaeological monument
Location Lõhavere village, Põhja-Sakala municipality, Viljandi county
Object no.16 on the national park map
Driving directionsDrive 31 km along Imavere–Viljandi road and turn towards Vändra. Drive 6.8 km up to Suure-Jaani junction, where the sign “Lõhavere linnamägi 2 km” directs to the right. Drive about 2 km through Kõidama village and turn left, following the sign “Lõhavere linnamägi”. Drive about 1.1 km and you are there.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.549408
longitude: 25.513843
L-EST 97 x: 6490921 y: 588129