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Architecture and resort culture

The sights and museums in the heart of Pärnu are open for visitors year-round. Several monuments, churches and galleries that exhibit fine Estonian art make up a significant portion of the center of Pärnu. However, new and modern buildings – a concert hall, cinema, shopping centers, library and much more – border the old town.

If you take the alleys from the center toward the seaside you will find yourself in the largest wooden villa district in Estonia. The prettiest exemplars are on Mere boulevard as well as on Kuuse and Papli streets. Most of the wooden villas with their terraces and lacy cornices have been renovated and offer passers-by plenty of aesthetic beauty.

In the beach area, Estonian high-quality architecture is represented by the functionalist Pärnu Beach House and Rannahotell Hotel designed by Olev Siinmaa. The former bathhouse, still called the Mud Baths by the locals, is now open as a spa hotel. One of the symbols and the pride of our town is Vallikääru Park, with its small bridges, fountain and historic Tallinn Gate.

Concerts and festivals

Pärnu’s cultural life centers around one of Estonia’s best theaters, Endla, and the Pärnu Concert Hall. Eliisabet’s Church also hosts many excellent concerts. Traditionally, in the summer, many open air concerts are held at Vallikääru’s stage, in the garden of Villa Ammende, on the outdoor stage and on the many grass fields of Pärnu’s parks. 

Concert in the garden of Villa Ammende

Pärnu is well-known for the events that take place every summer – the annual Hanseatic Days and Guild Days festivals bring together craftsmen from near and far and fill the streets and parks with sights, sounds, and carefully designed handicrafts.

Several famous festivals, such as the Pärnu Music Festival led by Paavo Järvi, and the International Organ Festival, take place in Pärnu. The annual month-long Kabli Sunset Festival brings thousands of music and culture lovers. Lasting several days, Kihnu Island’s Kihnu Sea Festival has gained such popularity that the ferry is too small to carry everyone interested in attending from the mainland to the island. Booking a ticket in advance prevents getting into this trouble.

History and art

Pärnu Museum, situated in a former salt storage building, feature items from prehistoric times to modern day and is definitely worth a visit. In the same building, you will also find showrooms with fascinating displays and exhibits. The legendary Museum of New Art and Pärnu City Gallery feature showrooms as well.

Cultural history of Pärnu County

Get acquainted with the daily lives, jobs, and customs of Estonia’s forefathers at the culturally significant  Farm Museum of Carl Robert Jakobson in Kurgja. History is also recreated at the Estonian Museum Railway in Lavassaare and the Halinga Car Museum.

Car museum in Halinga (Photo: Andres Arro )

Kihnu Island, where long-lasting traditions are honored to this day, is always full of cultural events. Read more about Kihnu Island HERE.

Driving around Pärnu County, you will find charming churches that host lovely concerts throughout the summer. If you go along the coast and participate in local fairs, you can get a feel for the culture of its fishing villages.

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Manija Island Museum

Manija küla, Pärnu, MANIJA KÜLAKESKUS

Valley handmade carpet factory and shop

Vändra alev, Vändra vald (alev), Vihtra tee 1a

Vaas&Vaas Workshop for Designing Wooden Home Accessories

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Suur-Jõe tänav 63

Cider workshop ‘Dégorgement’ in Tori Cider Farm

Jõesuu küla, Tori vald, LAUDA

Kihnu shop

Sääre küla, Kihnu vald, KIHNU KAUPLUS

Exhibition Gallery of Kihnu Community Centre

Linaküla, Kihnu vald, RAHVAMAJA

Tõstamaa Handicraft Shop

Tõstamaa alevik, Pärnu, Sadama tee 1

Rooslaiu farm shop/cafe in Kihnu

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, ROOSLAIU

Kolme Karu Kaubamaja design and gift shop

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Suur-Jõe tänav 63

Monument to the former community centre of Kihnu

Linaküla, Kihnu vald, TÄLLEMÄE

Piesta Kuusikaru Farm Shop

Kullimaa küla, Põhja-Pärnumaa vald, PIESTA-KUUSIKARU

Kihnu handicraft shop ‘Njaputüe pued’

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, Jõujaama

Kihnu harbour market: local food and crafts

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, SADAMAKÕRTSU

Estonian fashion store Siluett

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Rüütli tänav 28

Handicraft workshop Ene 7 Asja (Ene’s 7 Things)

Pärnu, Uus tänav 5

Herb garden shop at Tamme Farm

Malda küla, Pärnu, TAMME

EtnoArt Handicraft Shop

Reiu küla, Häädemeeste vald, Tedre

Kihnu’s own handicraft shop

Sääre küla, Kihnu vald Kurase

Ehtne ja Ehe Handicraft Shop in Pärnu

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Rüütli tänav 29

Kalev Chocolate Shop in Pärnu

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Lai tänav, 11
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