Hanseatic town of Pärnu
Pärnu is an attractive resort town with a rich history. The town’s great location in close vicinity of the sea and the river, south facing shallow beach, hospitality of the local people and enjoyable environment have all contributed to the development and reputation of Pärnu and shaped it into the Hanseatic, port and resort town that is also known as the summer capital.
People have lived at the Pärnu river mouth for 11,000 years. The history of Pärnu began in 1251 when the town was first mentioned. 14th-15th century Pärnu was an important Hanseatic town, during the 17th century it was ruled by Sweden and in the 19th century Pärnu began developing into a resort town. In 1996 Pärnu became Estonia’s summer capital and in 2005 the British newspaper The Independent chose Pärnu beach as one Europe’s most attractive beaches. Pärnu Museum gives a great overview of the town’s colourful history, but the past can also be felt in every step when walking around the town and exploring the town’s interesting architecture and various tourist attractions.
The creation of this website was funded by the “Hanseatic Approach to New Sustainable Alliances” (HANSA) project. The project is implemented with the support of European Regional Development Fund Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020. The aim of this project is to enhance the value of the historical Hanseatic League.