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

The locals are going to hate me for disclosing this location but it's one of the most peaceful places I have come across in the entire world. Vilsandi is known for its wide variety of birds and plants, including 30 different types of rare orchids, all of which you'll be able to access via the island's rustic dirt roads. This remote hidden treasure is just a brief boat ride from the island of Saaremaa, but be sure to book early, as seats are limited.

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Viru Bog

Harju maakond, Kolga alevik

One of the locations from my "Feral Hearts" music video, the Viru bog (one of many in Estonia) is one of the most magical places in the county. Nature lovers often arrange sunrise hikes to the bogs as the misty landscapes shimmering in every shade of gold are like something out of a fairytale.

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Ööbikuorg (Nightingale Valley) and Rõuge lakes

Võru maakond, Rõuge alevik

Situated in the Southern part of Estonia, the Valley of the Nightingale is a part of a family of valleys called the Rõuge valley. I remember visiting this place as a kid and feeling a distinct energy of something ancient and sacred there. In white summer nights you can hear a choir of nightingales serenading the hills speckled with hiking trails and seven different lakes. There's now a sauna facility in the region where visitors can rent an outdoor hot tub, look at the stars and soak in the beauty of it all.

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Suur and Väike Taevaskoda (Large and Small Heaven’s Hall)

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 ancient river form the most beautiful part of the Ahja River Landscape Reserve. Legends speak of caves and secret passageways and of demons and a mermaid with a golden comb. A walk from Saesaare dam to the outcrop at Small Heaven's Hall (Väike Taevaskoda), spring Emaläte, cave Neitsikoobas and the outcrop at Large Heaven's Hall (Suur Taevaskoda), which rises 22.5 metres above the river, is worth undertaking regardless of the 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 Suur Taevaskoda is closed at the moment!

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Kaali field of meteorite craters

Saare maakond, Kaali küla

With its eerie green water and bizarre rock formations, visiting this unique meteorite crater is like being transported to an alien planet. it is believed that stories about the death and rebirth of the Sun in the several nations' mythologies are based on the impact that formed the Kaali crater.

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Muhu and Saaremaa

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

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

This incredible trio of mammoth timber funnels was designed by Estonian art students in order to magnify the natural sounds of a forest in southern Estonia. More than just pieces of functional art, the megaphones double as a space for ramblers to contemplate and rest. As all Estonian nature sites are free of charge and open 24/7, explorers are encouraged to come over with a sleeping bag and spend the night in one of the installations, falling asleep to 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

This little town, which has been called "The Venice of Baltics”, dates back to 1279 and is known for its ancient architecture, relaxed vibe and healing sea mud. Whenever you're in town, make sure to get a fabulous spa treatment and visit the Haapsalu castle, which is the largest single-nave cathedral in the Baltic states. You might even catch a glimpse of the ghost of the "White Lady”, who is believed to show up in the cathedral windows during the full moon nights of August.

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Last updated : 04.03.2020

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