Sulkava Hill Fort

Sulkava, Finland

The hill fort is located to the rock hill with high cliffs in Pisamalahti. The hill fort rises about 55 meters above Enovesi lake.

First record of the fort dates back to the year 1561, but it was probably built in the Iron or Middle Ages. According one hypothesis it was built by Carelian people against conquerors from Tavastia (Häme) historical province. There is a 120 meters long and 2-3 meters high stone wall on the top of the hill.

Pisamalahti hill fort is one of the most valuable ancient fortresses in Finland. The hill and the surrounding lake landscape are popular tourist attraction in the Sulkava area.


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Founded: 1100-1300
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Finland
Historical period: Iron Age (Finland)


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Tomasz Oryński (7 months ago)
A beautiful place, well worth the detour.
Vincent Mensink (12 months ago)
One of the most beautiful views I have ever seen, and the best view I had during my holiday in Finland. Visited mid/begin April, when the lake was still frozen. Because of the snow and ice, you need good tires for the last 3 km to the parking and good shoes for the (relatively short) hike Because of the snow/ice in begin/mid April, you need good tires to make it to the parking comfortable.
Remco Broere (3 years ago)
Wow, wow, wow ? What a amazing view and place to be. Just climb the stairs and enjoy what you find. Me and my girlfriend stayed for an hour. Just sitting on the edge and looking at the trees and the water. It was amazing, hope to come back here soon. ??
Iisa Järvinen (3 years ago)
Breathtaking view!
Valeria e.g.Smith (4 years ago)
For those who like simple pleasures: a short hike, a bit of exercise (if you decided to climb narrow stairs) and great views from the top. Leftovers of the fort are difficult to identify, but for a nature experience - everything is here. Also, a simple harbor for those arriving by boat is available.
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