During more than its 700 years existence Narva Hermann Castle belonged to Danes, Germans, Swedes, Russians and finally Estonians. The castle’s appearance as we know it today originates from the 14th-16th c. from the period of domination by Livonian Order. Gravely damaged in the World War II the castle was mostly restored in 1970s-1980s, the restoration works are not finished.
Today Narva castle hosts a museum where one can see both permanent exhibition on Narva city history as well as about a dozen of temporary expositions. Each autumn Museum festival is organised in Narva. During the festival the best of the Estonian museums’ temporary exhibitions are on display here until the end of year.
The perfect places for concerts and conferences are a glorious refectory with a vaulted ceiling or a smaller hall of the northern wing. A beautiful view of Narva city and Ivangorod fortress on the Russian side can be admired from 51 metre high Tall Hermann tower.
Each summer the artisan history centre Northern Yard comes to life in the castle’s northern yard. Western yard is a suitable area for big open-air events and a popular place for spending free time and just chilling. Linnaeus garden is also situated here. The garden’s creation was inspired by the idea of Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus to enliven old walls by cultivating a decorative and kitchen garden.