Folk tales

  • It has been told that the name Viitna originates from the beginning of the 18th century. At that time Peter the Great defeated the Swedes here in Virumaa region. Peter the Great had rested from fighting under a tall thick pine. He had commanded his watch to climb up the pine and look over whether the Swedish troops could be seen. The look-out had shouted out to the Peter of Great from the top of the tree: "Vidno!". That means in Russian "they're seen". In Estonian the place was named Viitna and the tavern got the same name.

  • Once driving past Catherine the Great, empress of Russia, made a stop at the tavern. She had asked for the mirror but there had been no mirror. A bucket had been brought to Her Highness. She could look at her image on the reflecting surface of the water. After the visit Catherine the Great had presented with a big pier glass . They say that it had been on the wall of the tavern at the beginning of the 19th century.
  • In the Middle Ages there has been a chapel of St. Vitus between the lakes of Viitna. St. Vitus is regarded to be as the patron of vagrant musicians, drunkards, wild-goose chasers, those suffering from chorea and the similar folk. The chapel had been accursed. It was told that if a mother with her seven sons would go there, the chapel would sink into the earth. There was such a family at Viitna too, but one boy was always left to wait outside.

It happened early in the morning on Saturday. The door was left open and an innkeeper's hen with its seven chicken went into the chapel and it did sink under the ground. They say that even nowadays one can listen to the singing and ringing of tolls on the place of the former chapel. It could be heard early on Sunday morning before the sunrise and one has to have really clear conscience.

The Viitna village has held a kind of record in Estonia as to the number of seats in the tavern per one local inhabitant.