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Kirikumäe Landscape Protection Area

Address: Kirikumäe küla, Vastseliina vald, Võru maakond | Show on map
Telephone: (+372) 782 1881
E-mail: voru@visitestonia.com

Lake Kirikumäe is quite unique among Estonian Lakes, because it is not stratified and is semi-dystrophic. It covers 61.4 ha and is 3.5 metres deep. Its water is acidic and contains very little mineral and organic compounds. Lake Kirikumäe is from three sides surrounded by Järvesuu bog with high wooded mineral islands. There are two hiking trails in the nature protection area, a swimming and a camping site.
Interesting to know: Lake Kirikumäe and the nearby village have been named after an Orthodox church that was situated on the northern shores of the lake during the Livonian War. The studies of the lake have helped prove that lakes start to close up on the side that is leeward of dominant winds.

Times and prices

Is open 24 hours

Free of charge.


  • Information boards
  • Recreation area/picnic ground
  • Hiking trails
  • Camping area
  • Free parking


Seminar and conference rooms

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