Kerli's TOP 10 magical places

Source: Jarek Jõepera, Visit Estonia

Kerli's TOP 10 magical places

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Kerli Musician

Estonia has diverse landscapes filled with mysterious sights. Get inspired by these ten magical places.

Written by:

Kerli Musician

Vilsandi National Park

Saare maakond, Loona küla

Vilsandi is the oldest nature protection area in the Baltics, created in 1910 and reorganised as the Vilsandi National Park in 1993. At Vilsandi National Park there are over a hundred islands with lots of birds, seals' haul-out sites, fish spawn bays, and various coastal sceneries in the western part of Saaremaa. The biggest and most interesting one is Vilsandi Island. The park is located in an area which is geologically, zoologically, and botanically very interesting, and the sea-related cultural heritage there is well preserved .  Visitors are asked to begin their National Park tour at the RMK information point at Loona, where there are permanent exhibitions, explanations, and maps. Take a look at the opening times!

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Viru Bog

Harju maakond, Kolga alevik

Viru Bog, one of the most accessible bogs in Estonia, passes through the forest and bog landscapes characteristic of Lahemaa National Park. The trail is 3.5 km and the lap is 6 km long. The study trail introduces the bog's flora, former sand dunes, eskers, and heath forest. There is a boardwalk with an observation tower in the middle of it. The trail is marked and there are signposts. Good to know: the boardwalk leading to the observation tower (1,400 meters) is accessible to wheelchair users and families with strollers. The entrance to the first viewing platform was also designed with accessibility in mind. To preserve the flora and soil, only walk on the boardwalk. Not suitable for cyclists.  

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Ööbikuorg (Nightingale Valley) and Rõuge lakes

Võru maakond, Rõuge alevik

There are seven lakes at Rõuge primeval valley, which is 10 km long and 52 metres deep. The lakes include Kahrila, Tõugjärv, Ratasjärv, Kaussjärv, Rõuge Suurjärv, Liinjärv, and Valgjärv. The lakes are connected by the River Rõuge or River Ajo, which starts from the Tindiorg Valley. Tindiorg, Külmorg, Mõhkorg, Ööbikuorg, Tinopeetri, Hinni, Sikasoo, and Järveotsa are the tributary valleys of the Rõuge Primeval Valley. The most well-known is Ööbikuorg (Nightingale Valley), which borders the ancient hillfort from the North. The valley is 300 m long and 12–15 m deep. It got its name from the singing nightingales who stay there during the springtime when bird cherries bloom.  The Rõuge Nightingale Valley Centre is located at the edge of Ööbikuorg and provides visitors with information about nature, history, and changes in climate.

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Large and Small Taevaskoda sandstone outcrops

Põlva maakond, Taevaskoja küla

The two Taevaskoda outcrops on the banks of the ancient valley of the Ahja River are one of the most frequently visited sites in southern Estonia. The sandstone outcrops and the ancient river form the most beautiful part of the Ahja River Landscape Reserve. Legends speak of caves, secret passageways and of demons and a mermaid with a golden comb. A walk from the Saesaare dam to the Small Taevaskoda outcrop, the Emaläte spring, the Neitsikoobas cave and the Large Taevaskoda outcrop, which rises 22.5 metres above the river, is worth undertaking in every season. The beautiful and exciting natural setting attracts hikers – it is a place that every Estonian visits at least once in their life! NB! The bridge in Large Taevaskoda is closed at the moment!

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Kaali field of meteorite craters

Saare maakond, Kaali küla

The approximate time of the Kaali meteorite fall is 7500-7600 years ago. The meteorite fall caused big damages on already inhabited Saaremaa and has been compared to the explosion of the atomic bomb. At the height of 5-10 km from the ground, the meteorite fell apart and came down in pieces. The biggest piece created a big crater with a diameter of 110 m and a depth of 22 m, and 8 smaller craters. Around the beginning of the Common Era, a massive stone wall was built around Lake Kaali. The many findings of the bones of domestic animals give a reason to believe that it used to be a sacrificial site. Interesting to know: the Kaali crater is in 8th place among the world's youngest giant craters. The Kaali field of meteorite craters in Saaremaa is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia and of the most spectacular crater fields in Eurasia.

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Muhu and Saaremaa

Throughout Estonia

You are welcomed by the ancient and idyllic Estonian islands. Endless juniper fields, rustic windmills, old castles, stone fences, thatched roof houses and the largest meteorite crater in Europe provide an experience, which cannot be found elsewhere. You will taste the sweet-and-sour black bread, homemade beer, wander the corridors of Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, and marvel at the biggest meteorite crater in Europe. Tour includes guide service, transportation, ferry tickets, entrances to Angla Windmill Park, Kuressaare Castle and Pädaste Manor Park, Kaali meteorite crater visit, 2-course lunch.

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Forest megaphones in Võru County

Võru maakond, Pähni küla

Would you like to listen to the sounds of the forest or hear your own thoughts better in silence? Then come to Võru County to a fir forest by the RMK Pähni Nature Centre where you'll find forest megaphones – three gigantic wooden megaphones with a diameter of three metres, each named Ruup. Ruup invites you to read forest sounds and offers hikers a possibility to rest their feet and their minds. Here, you can sit, sleep, think and listen. You can select between a small and a large view, depending on which direction you look in the Ruup. Ruup is an open library with only one book – the nature.

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Panga Cliff

Saare maakond, Panga küla

An epic site for a sunset picnic, the Panga cliff rests on the northern coast of the island of Saaremaa and is the highest one on any of the islands. In the old days, it was thought to be a sacrificial site where people would give offerings to the spirits of the sea.

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Haapsalu Old Town

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu

Haapsalu, which is bordered by the sea on three sides, fits on a piece of land with a size of just 10.59 km2. The Old Town is located on a peninsula with two eskers, which continue to the north-west as a chain of islets (holms) connected to the mainland. There are low meanders between the holms – Suur and Väike Viik. The culturally and environmentally valuable Old Town of Haapsalu can be divided into its medieval section and the 20th-century health resort area. The medieval part is around the Episcopal castle with the medieval network of Kooli, Jaani, Vee, Linda, Rüütli and Väike-Mere Streets and buildings. It is surrounded by a belt of wooden houses and the Promenade, Aafrika beach, and parks.Take a look at the aerial panorama (picture by Joel Tammet).

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Last updated : 04.03.2020

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