Top 10 must-see in south Estonia

2014-07-10T00:00:00+02:00July 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Next week is all about round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship. But, with thanks to, here are 10 must-see attractions in the south of the country where auto24 Rally Estonia takes place from 17-19 July.

1: Tartu – the oldest city in the Baltic States says: “The intellectual capital of Estonia is the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and home to one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. Don’t miss the university’s UNESCO-listed observatory, Ahhaa Science Centre and A. Le Coq Beer Museum.”

2: Lake Viljandi & the ruins of Viljandi Order Castle says: “This stone castle was erected on the site of a former Estonian stronghold in 1224. It assumed its final shape and size in the early 16th century and was one of the most distinguished fortresses in Estonia. Beautiful views over Lake Viljandi open up from the ruins.”

3: Taevaskoja says: “Taevaskoja is one of the most popular sites in southern Estonia. Its sandstone outcrops and ancient valley form the most beautiful part of the Ahja River Landscape Reserve. Legends talk of caves and demons and mermaids and more. Take a walk from Little Taevaskoja to Big Taevaskoja.”

4: Piusa Caves Nature Reserve says: “Piusa Caves were created in 1922 as a quarry of quartz sand that was used to make glass. Besides the old mining caves there are also three man-made caves. The caves have evolved into a popular site for hibernating bats: the largest hibernation colony in Eastern Europe. It is possible to visit the caves via the visitor centre.”

5: Nightingale Valley and the lakes of Rõuge says: “Rõuge’s primeval valley, which is 10 km long and more than 50 metres deep, has seven lakes connected by the Rõuge and Ajo rivers. Nightingale Valley (Ööbikuorg), which is overlooked by an ancient fort, is the best known valley in the area – 300 metres long and 12-15 metres deep.”

6: Alatskivi Castle (pictured) & The Onion Route says: “The Onion Route that covers the shores of Peipsi Lake snaking from the banks of Emajõgi on the right side up to Kallaste. The former Baltic German culture is represented by the stately Alatskivi manor, but you’ll also get an overview of the culture of Russian Old Believers and Estonian peasant culture.”

7: Sangaste Castle says: “Sangaste Castle is one of the 21 places in southern Estonian marked with a yellow National Geographic window as worth visiting. If you’re interested in culture and history, it’s definitely worth the trip. The castle and park were fashioned after the famous Windsor Castle in England.”

8: Suur Munamägi says: “Suur Munamägi is the highest point in the Baltic States, rising 318 metres above sea level. Its observation tower provides splendid views of the surrounding environment, stretching 50 km in all directions. The existing was built in 1939 and reconstructed in 1969. Its present height is 29.1 metres.”

9: Estonian Aviation Museum says: “The Estonian Aviation Museum started out as a private collection before opening its doors as a museum in 2002. Inside, visitors will find an exhibition of high-quality models of almost 400 aircraft that have played an important role in aviation history. You can see anything from passenger aircrafts to jet bombers.”

10: Mooste Manor says: “Mooste Manor on the shores of the beautiful Lake Mooste has one of the most impressive ensembles of auxiliary buildings in historicist style. And there’s more to see: a restoration workshop, an arts centre, a 500-seat concert hall and the Distillery Guesthouse – one of the most romantic places to stay in Southern Estonia.”