Vastseliina, a town in South Estonia, means "new city" and was home to an Episcopal castle erected in 1342. Now, just as the Pirita convent, only ruins remain of the original fortification and a modern museum has been constructed nearby. Vastseliina castle became famous in the 14th century for the white cross in its chapel which magically suspended itself, drawing pilgrims from across Old Livonia and Northern Europe. Today visitors come from across Estonia and from as far as South America. In 2012, the Pirita convent opened a pilgrimage route to Vastseliina cutting across Estonia from North to South with many sights and serene countryside along the way.
Jacob's route, or Jaakobitee, is part of the network of Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail towards Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage dates back to the early 9th century. Jacob's route starts in Tallinn, running south through Estonia towards Riga, Lativa. You don't have to be deeply religious to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside in summer. Walking along Jacob's route or the Pirita - Vastseliina route provides a time-out from the busy world.