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One can find different activities for several days here in Sangaste. When travelling around take the opportunity to peek into village everyday life - fasciating castle, lovely church, old farms and apple gardens and friendly community are something to be worth to stay longer. Some of us have stayed here for years...

Sangaste Castle is one of the most outstanding examples of historicism in the Baltic States built by count Friedrich Georg Magnus von Berg. On the estate you can see the castle, rectangular stable with an open courtyard in its centre, dairy, stable, granary and water tower. At the moment, you may enter only the castle. Other buildings are closed, pending restoration. There is an arboretum behind the castle. In the castle there is a remarkable Gothic-style vestibule, magnificent festive halls and the English-style Hunting hall. On the first floor there is the Library with some original furniture and the Rye Room - former Billiard room with an exhibition about the life and work of the last lord of the manor - Friedrich Georg Magnus von Berg. The second floor leads to the castle tower which is open only during spring and summer. The main entrance of the castle is accentuated by the entrance tower (naturally  without a portcullis, drawbridge or a moat) above a vaulted porch. There is an interesting acoustic effect - when something is whispered in one corner of the porch, it can be heard clearly in the opposite corner.  The castle was designed by architect Otto Pius Hippius, who was inspired by the famous Windsor Castle in England. It originally had 99 rooms – because only the tsar could have 100 or more rooms. Opened in winter in advance order. Prices from: 1€ child, 2€ adult. Guided tours in advance order in Russian, English, Finnish, German.
Contact:  (+372) 767 9300, info@sangasteloss.ee, www.sangasteloss.ee. 57°54'6''N 26°16'49''E.

 

Sangaste manor park. Count Friedrich Georg Magnus von Berg was active in many fields, forestry among others. He was primarily known as a dendrologist and enthusiast of innovative industries. Once the construction of the castle began the park was also designed and put into order. According to his grandson Rene Berg Friedrich did not mean to create a botanic laboratory. He only wanted to find out whether somewhere in the world there were trees which would grow better in Livonia than local trees.Species are grouped according to geographic origin. There are plants from Europe, Southern Europe, Siberia, North-America and Estonia. In the arboretum there were also Amur maple, Bearded maple, Manchurian maple, Acer mono, Japanese Angelica-tree, Amur cork tree, Amur maackia, Amur chokecherry, Manchurian ash, Bunge's ash, White ash, European hornbeam, Purple
European beech, Northern red oak, Black cherry, Korean pine. There are hiking tracks and trees are marked.
Contact:  (+372) 767 9300, info@sangasteloss.ee, www.sangasteloss.ee. 57°54'6''N 26°16'49''E.

Harimäe viewing tower is between Kääriku and Sangaste. It is 28 metres high in total, with the highest viewing platform standing at 24 metres. It is a great spot to visit on any trip around Otepää. Nearby you will find the 14 km Kekkonen trail, on which you can hike during summer and ski during winter. There is a picnic area next to the Harimäe viewing tower. You can admire the wooden sculptures of the earth gods nearby as well as the beautiful views over the Otepää hills and the Väikese Emajõgi River valley to the Karula uplands.. 57°59'26''N 26°22'21''E

Sangaste fort hill is situated 800 m from hill Harimägi. Almost 1000 years ago there was an old road from Riga to Tartu. Stories tell that old times the valley was called Valley of Robbers as there lots of merchants were robbed. On the top of the fort hill used to be a castle with sercret door into the hill and secret passage to the forest.   57°58'29''N 26°20'33''E