Towards the south of Võrumaa the highest peak in the Baltic region, Suur Munamägi (Big Egg Hill) offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding hilly landscape. The Haanja Nature Park protects a unique landscape with many lakes and rapid river Piusa winds its way through gentle valleys and steep sandstone banks.
The Võro language ("võro kiil") is actually dialect of South Estonian or Estonian but it has its own literary language and hopes, one day, for official recognition as a regional language of Estonia.
It is the least influenced by common Estonian language as it was once spoken further south and east of historical Võromaa in areas that now belong to Latvia and Russia.
One of the earliest written examples of the Võro language is a translation of the New Testament (Wastne Testament) published in 1686. Although the status of South Estonian began to diminish after the 1880s, the language has undergone a revival since the late 1980s.
The Võro Institute was founded by the Estonian government in 1995 with the aim of encouraging the Võro people to speak their own language and to preserve their characteristic lifestyle.
Nowadays Võro has about 70,000 speakers mostly in South East Estonia in the eight parishes of historical Võru County: Karula, Harglõ, Urvastõ, Rõugõ, Kanepi, Põlva, Räpinä, and Vahtsõliina. Speakers can also be found in the towns of Tallinn, Tartu and the rest of Estonia.
Võro is used in the works of some of Estonia's most well known playwrights, poets, and authors and is taught once a week in 26 schools. The only Võro newspaper, "Uma Leht", comes out twice a month.
Estonia's contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the song "Tii", which was performed by Neiokõsõ in Võro. 2,000 singers took part in the first ever Võru-language song festival was held in Kubija, in Võru County.