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

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

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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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

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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