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Ranked #1 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Completed in 2006, the attractive Beach Promenade has the feeling of a real resort and makes the Summer Capital's beaches... more » Owner description: Completed in 2006, the attractive Beach Promenade has the feeling of a real resort and makes the Summer Capital's beaches inviting even in bad weather! Romantically winding down the beach, the promenade surprises you with is well-thought functionality, and playfulness that comes from the use of different materials and fountains.Thought-out lighting keeps the beach active even when the sun goes down, and the playing colours of the fountains are a sight in themselves in the darkness of the night.Come and enjoy real beach feeling! « less
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Ranked #2 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Pärnu Visitor Centre in Uus Street, the central artery of the town, is there to help with tips and advice. We have a huge... more » Owner description: Pärnu Visitor Centre in Uus Street, the central artery of the town, is there to help with tips and advice. We have a huge selection of maps and publications for getting around in the area, we can advise on finding a place to eat or stay, arranging your travel and suggest top ideas for great days out! « less
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Ranked #3 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Playgrounds
Owner description: This playground was constructed in summer 2010. Modern and boasting all of the latest technical solutions, it is a great... more » Owner description: This playground was constructed in summer 2010. Modern and boasting all of the latest technical solutions, it is a great place for the whole family to relax and have fun. Its attractions develop children's muscles, spatial awareness and balance. The playground has a range of attractions: a slide, climbing frames, sandpits and swings. The play area also has a safety cover. The proximity of the water and the beachside park create an enjoyable atmosphere. « less
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Ranked #4 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Water Parks
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Ranked #5 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Owner description: Parnu has always been an important harbour. To stop sand build-up in the river mouth, jetties made from logs were built in... more » Owner description: Parnu has always been an important harbour. To stop sand build-up in the river mouth, jetties made from logs were built in 1769, as ordered by the empress Catherine II. In 1863-64, new jetties were built of rocks that were transported there from the beaches of Haademeeste and Kihnu. The length of both jetties was a bit over two kilometres.The jetty on the left bank of the river has become a symbol of Parnu.The jetty has gained a romantic aura as a place for lovers to take walks on; however, before taking a walk there, be sure to check the water level! At times, the jetty can be left completely under water, but when the water level is low, you can even see the ends of the wooden poles of the previous jetty. « less
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Tallinn Gate (Parnu)
Ranked #6 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The so called Tallinn Gate used to mark the beginning of the postal road from Parnu to Tallinn and was built during the... more » Owner description: The so called Tallinn Gate used to mark the beginning of the postal road from Parnu to Tallinn and was built during the Swedish period in the 17th century. The medieval fortification system of Parnu was almost fully destroyed in the preceding Livonian War. The town was surrounded by an entrenchment and one could leave the town through the Vee varav (Water gate) which led to the riverside and into the direction of Riga.During the teardown of the fortification in the 19th century only the Tallinn Gate was preserved, as well as the embankments and the trench that leads to the Venuse Bastion at the riverside - the so called Vallikaar.Now visitors are welcome to walk through the monumental Baroque gate and marvel at the beautiful beach district of Parnu! « less
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Ranked #7 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Completed in 1768, the Church of Jekaterina is the most style pure and ample baroque church in Estonia. The design of facades... more » Owner description: Completed in 1768, the Church of Jekaterina is the most style pure and ample baroque church in Estonia. The design of facades characteristically for baroque disjunct and relief, the six broaches are finished with slender needle-shaped tips that add lightness and festiveness to the building. Since church is built a century before the majority of orthodox churches, it differs from them from architectural point of view but at the same time it has influenced the development of orthodox church architecture in whole Balticum.Interesting to know!Parnu church of Jekaterina was built by order and with financing of Russian queen Catherine the II.To this day Parnu Russian congregation operates in the church. « less
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Ranked #8 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Playgrounds
Owner description: This playground is just ten minutes from the city centre. It has everything kids want in a playground, including swings, a... more » Owner description: This playground is just ten minutes from the city centre. It has everything kids want in a playground, including swings, a sandpit and attractions designed to develop their imaginations. There is also some unusually designed and very comfortable seating for everyone. Fully renovated, the playground is close to the city's biggest fountain and shady limetree alleys. « less
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Ranked #9 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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Ranked #10 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Due to the massive religious conversion at the end of the 19th century, the 18th-century Ekateriina's Church became too small... more » Owner description: Due to the massive religious conversion at the end of the 19th century, the 18th-century Ekateriina's Church became too small for the Parnu orthodox congregation. So, in 1904, the historic Old Russian-style Parnu Transformation of Our Lord Apostolic Orthodox Church was built and its congregation (Estonian) was separated from the former congregation of Ekateriina's congregation (Russian). The church had a typical to that time brick facade and a base of granite ashlar work. The campanile is 38 m high and the cupola 34 m high. The altar wall holds 11 icons and 11 major wall paintings with figurative composition. « less
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Ranked #11 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Eliisabet's Church, inaugurated in 1750, is the most outstanding sacral building of the Baroque period in Estonia. The... more » Owner description: Eliisabet's Church, inaugurated in 1750, is the most outstanding sacral building of the Baroque period in Estonia. The beautiful church in the centre of Parnu invites you to step in and look around to see a pulpit in the Neo-Gothic style from the middle of the 19th century, the altar and the altarpiece “Resurrection”. One of the best organs in Estonia is in Eliisabet's Church and the place is popular as a concert hall among music lovers.Interesting to know!The church got its name from Russian Empress Jelizaveta thanks to whom the congregation got a Lutheran church. « less
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Kihnu Museum (Kihnu)
Ranked #12 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Museums
Owner description: You must go to the exciting Kihnu Museum when you visit the island. It like an anchor in preserving and introducing the... more » Owner description: You must go to the exciting Kihnu Museum when you visit the island. It like an anchor in preserving and introducing the cultural space of Kihnu, which has been entered in the UNESCO heritage list.The museum was founded in the former schoolhouse of Saarekula Village in 1974 and thoroughly renovated in 2009. You will find everything that concerns the everyday lives of people in the museum – tools, clothes, handicrafts, furniture. You will also find exhibitions that introduce famous Kihnu men, such as historian Theodor Saar, Captain Enn Uuetoa and silversmith Peeter Rooslaid, and the works of Kihnu nativists. « less
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Ranked #13 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Trails
Owner description: The dunes in Rannametsa have always been a popular place among hikers. Trails and information boards have been built here to... more » Owner description: The dunes in Rannametsa have always been a popular place among hikers. Trails and information boards have been built here to protect the delicate nature and still introduce the nature of Luitemaa to visitors.The 2.2 km circular trail, parts of which are a boardwalk, passes through the pine forest on the dunes and Tolkuse Fen, leading to the largest swamp pool of the fen (approx. 96 x 210 m). An 18 metre viewing tower has been established on the top of Tornimagi, the highest dune in Estonia, which takes you more than 50 metres above sea level so you can see as far as 50 km away and even spot Kihnu Island. « less
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Parnu Museum (Parnu)
Ranked #14 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
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Ranked #15 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The musician Raimond Valgre who played in Parnu in 1930s and brought the town a lot of fame, can today be found sitting in... more » Owner description: The musician Raimond Valgre who played in Parnu in 1930s and brought the town a lot of fame, can today be found sitting in the park near Kuursaal, as a bronze statue. The author of the statue is Rait Parg.You too can sit down next to the beloved Estonian composer and enjoy his beautiful compositions. Also be sure to go to the traditional Homage to Valgre musical night that takes place every summer, when Estonian star singers perform Valgre's immortal songs at the outdoor stage. « less
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Ranked #16 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Art Museums
Owner description: When visiting the art galleries of Parnu, you can always rely on the Museum of New Art to surprise you with its exhibitions... more » Owner description: When visiting the art galleries of Parnu, you can always rely on the Museum of New Art to surprise you with its exhibitions of modern art. The museum’s collection contains more than 400 works, and more than 1200 documentaries are kept in its videotheque. Established by Mark Soosaar, the art centre is extremely important in the cultural life of Parnu.Did you know...?*The international exhibition of nudes known as 'Man and Woman' has become a tradition at the museum*The Parnu Film Festival, at which international documentaries compete with each other and new Estonian documentaries are premiered, has been held more than twenty times « less
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Ranked #17 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Parnu Concert Hall was built in 2002 and it plays an important role in the city’s cultural life. Its gallery, café, music... more » Owner description: Parnu Concert Hall was built in 2002 and it plays an important role in the city’s cultural life. Its gallery, café, music school and shop bring life to building all day long, but the glass façade of the building makes it particularly impressive at night when the lights are on. The building has two halls with excellent acoustics that can be used for almost anything from chamber concerts to performances requiring large orchestras and from scientific conferences to banquets. Useful information:- The architects who designed the building are K Koov, K Nomm and H Grossschmidt.- The only organ with Spanish trumpets and 49 registers in Estonia is located here. « less
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Red Tower (Parnu)
Ranked #18 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Historic Sites

The Red Tower is former prison tower, the only preserved fortification tower of Uus-Pärnu, a Hanseatic town of the Middle Ages. The tower was named after the red bricks that used... more »

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Ranked #19 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Ranked #20 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The monument depicts the balcony of the historical Endla Theatre in the original size. The authors K. Eelma, M. Aas and M.... more » Owner description: The monument depicts the balcony of the historical Endla Theatre in the original size. The authors K. Eelma, M. Aas and M. Mutso have chosen the sturdy granite as the material. One of the most important aims of the monument was to make the message or the text of the manifest visible. The manifest of independence is written on the wall of the balcony in the old and modern language, and Braille. "Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia" was publicly read out for the first time on February 23, 1918 from the balcony of the Endla Theatre and Society House which stood where Parnu Hotel is today. « less
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Ranked #21 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Ferries/ Boats

Kihnu is a small island and a UNESCO heritage site off of the coast of Pärnumaa, Estonia. It has a unique culture due to the past isolation and many women still wear the folk... more »

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Ranked #22 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: The old Parnu smithy in the Vallikaar is one of the oldest 18th century buildings in the city. Fully renovated in 2010, it is... more » Owner description: The old Parnu smithy in the Vallikaar is one of the oldest 18th century buildings in the city. Fully renovated in 2010, it is the perfect place to find out more about what blacksmiths do, and you can even try it yourself. Blacksmith Gunnar Vares does commissioned work and also provides training. « less
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Kihnu Island (Kihnu)
Ranked #23 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Islands
Owner description: Kihnu island is a peculiar alloy of contemporary and the past. Proclaimed by UNESCO Kihnu culture space is living and... more » Owner description: Kihnu island is a peculiar alloy of contemporary and the past. Proclaimed by UNESCO Kihnu culture space is living and functioning till nowadays. Kihnu women wear every day self woven traditional skirts (kort), already small children know Kihnu dances and songs and Kihnu dialect is taught in the school.The sea surrounding Kihnu island is low and stony, around the island there are a lot of little islets. Kihnu strait is the high importance gathering place for birds and nesting area for birds endangered in Europe.7 km long and 3,3 km large Kihnu island has perfect size for exploring it by bicycle! « less
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Ranked #24 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: On Ruutli street situates the modern city sculpture perfect example - the life-size sculpture of Johann Voldemar Jannsen, the... more » Owner description: On Ruutli street situates the modern city sculpture perfect example - the life-size sculpture of Johann Voldemar Jannsen, the father of Estonian journalism. Hard hat in one hand and newspaper in the other he is like stopped for a moment to peek into today's Parnu Postimees office windows!Interesting to know!According to belief touching the page of Perno Postimees in Jannsen's hand will bring you good news this day!Monument created by professor Mati Karmin was ordered by Parnu Postimees for 150th birthday of newspaper Perno Postimees that first came out in 1857. « less
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Ranked #25 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Theaters
Owner description: The first building of Endla Theatre was destroyed in a fire in 1944. The decision made in the Soviet times was not to restore... more » Owner description: The first building of Endla Theatre was destroyed in a fire in 1944. The decision made in the Soviet times was not to restore it in its original location as the theatre was a national symbol too important for the Estonian people. The new building was established in a 1967 in the Stalinist central square, an empty space that had been reserved for the Executive Committee of Parnu Oblast in 1952. The size of the square made the theatre, which was built according to the Soviet standard design, look like a little pavilion. Extensive reconstruction of the theatre was completed in 2001, by the 90th season of the professional Endla Theatre and it included a new smaller hall, which was called Kuun (Barn) in homage to the first theatre building of Parnu from the 19th century. « less
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Ranked #26 of 70 attractions in Parnu County
Category: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Seegi Maja (the Almshouse) is known to be the oldest building in Parnu. It was built in 1658 on the remains of the old... more » Owner description: Seegi Maja (the Almshouse) is known to be the oldest building in Parnu. It was built in 1658 on the remains of the old almshouse of the Holy Spirit’s Church as a shelter to the sick and the cripples. According to a research on the wooden raft under the basement of the building, the old almshouse dates back to 1250-1350. The building was restored to look the way it did in the 17th century. It houses the St. Peterburg Hotel and the restaurant Seegi Maja. « less
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Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Soontagana Stronghold, which is located on an island in Avaste swamp and was established in the 7th to 8th centuries, is one... more » Owner description: Soontagana Stronghold, which is located on an island in Avaste swamp and was established in the 7th to 8th centuries, is one of the best known strongholds of the ancient people living in this region. It is a stronghold with a circular earthwork 50 x 100 m in size, which was 6-7 metres higher than the rest of the island. A very secret underwater path through the swamp led to the stronghold and only those in the know were able to get there. The place succumbed to the crusading knights with the last christenings in 1226. Today, the stronghold is surrounded by beautiful landscapes – meadows, old farms and stone fences. You can go for a nice walk and enjoy the views, make a fire and stay in the hiking hut. « less
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Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Nederma Woodland is one of the largest of its kind in Estonia and Europe. The area of the woodland has grown to 100 hectares... more » Owner description: Nederma Woodland is one of the largest of its kind in Estonia and Europe. The area of the woodland has grown to 100 hectares as the result of the restoration work that started in 1998.When visiting Nederma Woodland, you can take a walk on the study trail, enjoy the beauty of nature and the variety of species and see many protected plants.Useful information!Woodlands appear as a result of the activities of people. They are usually rich in species and take hundreds of years to emerge. People used them for making hay and as pastures and they are also good sources of herbs, berries and mushrooms. Intensive agricultural activities in the 20th century are the main reason why woodlands that were one widely spread in Northern Europe have perished. « less
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Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: At Mihkli, you will find an imposing oak forest that is almost 250 years old and spread over 90 hectares. It is considered... more » Owner description: At Mihkli, you will find an imposing oak forest that is almost 250 years old and spread over 90 hectares. It is considered once of the most beautiful natural oak forests where nearly a half of the trees are straight-stemmed oaks. Useful information!There are two stories about the history of Mihkli Oak Forest. The first of them says that the squire living next to Mihkli rectory became jealous of his neighbour’s park and decided to get one up on the rectory by planning the oak forest. There is more truth to the story that the oak forest appeared due to the small bird known as the Eurasian jay, who buries acorns for the winter and the ones left uneaten grow into new oak trees. « less
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Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Coastal meadows and reed thickets line the sandy Parnu Beach almost to the extent of the entire city. The Parnu Coastal... more » Owner description: Coastal meadows and reed thickets line the sandy Parnu Beach almost to the extent of the entire city. The Parnu Coastal Meadow Protection area was created in 1958 to protect endangered and rare plant species and communities, coastal meadows, creeks and moving dunes as valuable habitats.The coastal meadows in Vana-Parnu and Raekula districts are the most interesting. The dryer Vana-Parnu Meadow has been maintained and cut for decades. A bird-watching tower and a small hiking trail were built here in 2008.Come and enjoy pure nature in the midst of the city! « less
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