The coronavirus, which is spreading all over the world these days, has completely turned our daily lives upside down. We must stay at home and postpone our travel plans for an unknown period. However, restricting physical freedom of movement does not mean that we cannot take virtual journeys and discover the world without leaving our homes.
Thereby we invite you to a virtual tour in Pärnu! Come and see what the summer capital of Estonia has to offer you. Take a walk on the lovely beaches of Pärnu, visit wonderful festivals and concerts, enjoy the highly valued food culture of the resort town, and relax on a cozy family vacation.
Let this virtual tour give you a taste of Pärnu and help you make your vacation plans. After everything is back to normal, make sure to visit Pärnu for real.
Pärnu is a resort city of age-old traditions and a wealth of experience – the first bathing house in Pärnu was opened in 1838, allowing people to enjoy warm sea baths in the summer and the joys of sauna in the winter. The resort owes its popularity to the great location, gentle beach, fresh air, and green parks, but also the hustle and bustle of the city, as well as the high-quality treatment and relaxation services.
What is the best for families? Pärnu, of course! Pärnu is a fantastic place for a family vacation. Several water parks, children’s playrooms, playgrounds, adventure parks, a mini zoo, go-kart center and plenty more await you there. In the winter, Santa Claus and sled dogs make wonderful entertainers for kids.
The winding track along the left bank of the River Pärnu forms a full circle with a track on the opposite bank. Both are 4 km long, but leave very different impressions. On the right bank of the river, you are surrounded by lots of trees and greenery, whereas the left bank runs along the river and the historical houses of the town, being more like a beautiful city street. The track is unique due to the street lights shaped like oars, designed specifically for the River Pärnu.
The famous sandy Pärnu beach, which feels like a town within a town in the summer, is just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Tens of thousands of sun-worshippers and swimmers visit the beach every day in the summer.
Pärnu is a very green town. There are tens of parks, and recreational trails for hiking, biking, and other activities. The best way to get around Pärnu is by bike, taking advantage of the bike paths covering Pärnu. Every summer, city cows’ dwell on Pärnu’s coastal grasslands and they have become a popular sight among the visitors to our town.
Did you know that Pärnu Bay is one of the best places to surf in the Nordic countries? The shallow water that deepens very gradually, sandy bottom, favorable winds and warm water create good conditions for surfing. Of course, you can swim in the sea and the river throughout the year!
Auto24ring is the only closed circuit in Estonia meant for racing cars and motorcycles. It is possible to race on four tracks with different lengths and shapes. The longest of them is 3.2 kilometers. Additionally, the complex includes a rally cross track and an off-road track. Today, auto24ring is the most modern racing complex in North-Europe and it has been issued a FIA Grade 4 license.
Water sports have always been honored in Pärnu. Being both a river and a sea town, Pärnu offers various water activities. Sailing on Pärnu Bay, where you can see Pärnu from a completely different angle, is a unique activity.
Golf lovers will find excellent golf courses right outside of Pärnu.
Pärnu Bay Golf Links is a versatile golf complex that has five par-3 tracks in addition to an 18-hole course and a driving range for longer or shorter strokes. An impressive club house stands by the sea; it has saunas for golfers, a shop offering golf equipment, a lounge café, and Golf Restaurant Eagle. The restaurant serves Nordic interpretation of modern European flavours.
White Beach Golf, an 18-hole golf course, is located near Valgerand (White Beach), the most beautiful beach by Pärnu Bay. The 84-hectare area includes greens, wide fairways and a total of about 19 hectares of water obstacles. The links-type course is perfect for any golfer. The new modern club house offers the services of dressing rooms, saunas, a Pro Shop, a bar, and a restaurant for all visitors. During the season, the restaurant is open every day.
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.
Pärnu Museum is one of the most contemporary museums in the Baltic region, offering excitement for the entire family.
The permanent exhibition ‘11,000 Years of History – Experiences from Times Long Ago’ takes you on a fascinating journey through time, starting from the Stone Age, continuing through the medieval trade routes and the Baroque fortified city to the nostalgic Soviet era.
You can also learn about the evolution of the resort town that is very characteristic of Pärnu.
Lydia Koidula (1843–1886) was a famous poetess and publicist during the national awakening of Estonia who spent her youth in Pärnu. The memorial museum works in the house that was her home from 1850 to 1863.
It is known as Pärnu Ülejõe Schoolhouse where her father JV Jannsen, who is also the father of journalism in the Estonian language, worked at the time as the schoolmaster.
First and foremost, Pärnu’s restaurants and cafes stand out for their talented chefs. The best restaurants in Pärnu are featured in the Estonian Restaurant Guide and are therefore definitely worth visiting. Besides the fancy a la carte restaurants, you will find many lovely cafes and good pubs in Pärnu.
Thousands of different events take place in Pärnu every year. Most popular festivals and events usually take place in the summer, but many great events also take place outside the summer season.
Medieval customs, ethnic crafts, ancient skills and spiritual wealth! Come to buy and sell, to learn and to teach. Listen to enchanting musical rhythms, dance crazy dances during a medieval celebration.
The Pärnu Music Festival and Järvi Academy will continue the fine tradition of musical festivals in Pärnu that has been established over the decades. Pärnu music festival is primarily focused on orchestral music and the main carrier of this concept is the special world-class Pärnu Festival orchestra. The musicians of the orchestra are high-level professionals from all over the world. Furthermore, the festival presents brilliant soloists, who will perform with orchestra and also as chamber musicians.