Narva Castle

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Narva Castle
4.5
Castles • Observation Decks & Towers • History Museums
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
About
The Narva Castle is one of the main attractions of the city. In the seventh decade of the 13th century, the Danes established a castle as a residence for the Danish King’s vice-Regent. The Narva Castle is one of the most diverse and best preserved defense structure in Estonia. The area of the castle is 3.2 hectares, and the highest point is the Tall Hermann Tower (51 meters), which offers views over Narva, the Kreenholm factory and Ivangorod Fortress across the river in Russia. Today you can visit the museum in the castle, were the displays explain the history of Narva and the castle.
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Nina
Delft, The Netherlands184 contributions
Sep 2021
Narva Castle is the top sight in Narva. It houses a very modern and brand-new museum and the views from the top are unbeatable.

A lot of information is presented through the audio-tour and information panels. There are also many movies, animations and interactive displays that tell you about the castle's history.

The only downside to this information overload is that it's almost exclusively presented in the form of text, audio and video. There's a bit of a lack of actual objects from the castle's history.
Written 1 October 2021
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MiraThePumpkin
Cambridge, UK198 contributions
Aug 2021
I was born in Narva, but I left Estonia when I was around 18 years old. So, it's been around 12 years since I saw Hermann (=Narva) Castle (the white tower)! It is the most beautiful place in Narva in my opinion. It stands on Narva River which divides Estonia and Russia. When I was a child, I remember that the Castle had extensive collection of artefacts and items from various periods of time to showcase the history of Narva and the castle itself. I also remember that it was quite hard to climb upstairs for me! However, when I visited castle now, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they got elevator! The exhibitions are now skillfully curated to show different moments of Narva's history. It was great to see physical objects, 3D animations of the life in the medieval Hermann castle, 2D story of how life has changed over many centuries, and old movies of Narva. I loved the views from the top of the Castle!
Apart from that, you can explore the yard of the Narva Castle, see various crafts displayed (you can buy them also), and gift shop. There are usually various craftspeople from Estonia and around the world in the summer time, but I missed them because there was preparation for a concert in the yard. I grabbed some traditional drink, kali (or kvass), which was poured in lovely mug. I had to drink it fast because I noticed swallows flying around, and I managed to photograph their chicks on the Castle's wall!
The area around the castle is lovely for a walk. You can pass it and see "clock" scupture, for example. There's lots of swallows and seagulls flying around. If you fancy to explore seaside city called Narva-Joesuu, you can go to the port near the Castle and catch Caroline.
Overall, if you have just a day in Narva, you definitely should visit this place. The history of Narva is really remarkable.
Written 14 August 2021
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TimeTripper
Vantaa, Finland676 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Lots to see and walk up and down inside the museum that situates inside the old fortress. Restaurated well. Texts in Estonian, Russian and English. Portable guides in various languages.

Not wheelchair-accessible.
Written 7 August 2021
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Gerda M
8 contributions
Jul 2021
Very modern and interactive museum with many small exhibitions on the history of Narva and the history of the castle and warfare. Lovely medieval courtyard.
Written 24 July 2021
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Tannenbaumonthemove
Sydney, Australia119 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Narva castle is newly opened for public after an extensive renovation . You can easily spend hours wandering through all the beautiful halls . Everything was super , the exhibits , the technique.
Don’t miss this place !
Extra points to the friendly personnel.
Written 19 June 2021
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Kadri A
Tallinn, Estonia137 contributions
Jun 2021
We ordered a city tour from Narva Muuseum and after that visited the castle. First of all, we really recommend the city tour! Our guide was Olga and she was super, gave us extra tips for additional exhibitions and sites.
Narva Linnus has been renewed and also has a new exhibition. The castle is a bit hard to navigate so ask for directions but it is beautiful and the exhibition is also interesting.
Written 14 June 2021
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA398 contributions
Sep 2019
Beautiful from outside and from the riverside, and the views from the tower are lovely as you look across the river to Russia and their castle that protects this gateway area. Very large grounds and courtyard, but exhibition was not really about the castle area. Some construction going on, so maybe better museum in the future???
Written 20 August 2020
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Elmiina
Helsinki, Finland98 contributions
Jul 2020
Narva Castle - Hermanus Castle - Narva Museum
I don't know what is now the correct name for this place.
I like most Hermanus :)

+ this looks nice place outside, the most recognized landmark of Narva
+ it's great that you are able visit it

BUT this place really puzzled me. You can see that lots of money has been spent recently to fix it, there is a fancy new elevator to nowhere etc. That's why I didn't like it. It has lost completely the authenticity.

When I arrived I asked from guides in which way I should visit the castle. I was told "as you wish" and I got a map. The given information and exhibitions around just created big mess on my head: in one room you read about local authors behind ages, then modern wooden Estonian architecture, then Narva fire deparment,.. suddenly you are in multimedia show in Russia, then room army uniforms etc. You never knew what was in the next room. I'm sure I missed something but then I was also quite many times behind locked doors.

To read about history of Hermanus castle, I had to use Google.
So if you want to learn about the history of Narva, go to internet.
If you want to get a random show of different things of Narva, maybe you like this place.
If you want a historical experience, don't come here - you just get annoyed.
Written 29 July 2020
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Karin
Tartu, Estonia25 contributions
Jul 2020
Narva fortress was thoroughly renovated and has a new permanent exhibition. I hadn't been there before, but in this form it was lovely. You can climb the towers and see amazing views (360 degrees), interactive games, thrilling scares... It was time well spent. Also loved the museum restaurant, which btw has white guide recommendation.
Written 13 July 2020
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Greg F
Auckland Central, New Zealand965 contributions
Sep 2019
Standing on the the edge of Estonia and looking over the river into Russia. Throw in a spectacular sunrise and the fact that your standing on the edge of the European Union and you will be captivated by this fascinating spot. The castle on the Estonian side and the Ivangorod Fortress on the Russian side add to the allure of this stunning location.
I would say it's a must see in Narva, whether you are just passing through or spending the night.
Written 13 December 2019
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