During this section, the Forest Trail passes through the northern part of the Haanja Upland and descends to Vana-Vastseliina, an ancient pilgrimage destination in the Piusa River valley. On its high bank the ruins of the bishop’s castle are quite a sight.

Practical information

Length: 19 km

Duration: 6-8 h

Starting point: Tsiistre village house

End point: Vana-Vastseliina Episcopal Castle

The course of the route: Tsiistre‒Möldre‒Vana-Vastseliina

Road surface: Rural gravel roads, paved road for the last 4 km

Difficulty: Easy

Danger points: Be careful when crossing the Võru‒Tartu motorway (No. 2)!

Keep in mind! The closest shops and places to eat are located in the village of Vastseliina (not to be confused with Vana-Vastseliina. The distance between the two villages is 5 km). You can spend the night at the pilgrimage site next to the ruins of the Vana-Vastseliina Episcopal Castle.

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