It’s officially a cucumber time in South Estonia! This means all the noise and action has finally sedimented to the bottom of the jar.
All autumn work has been done, kids have been sent to school and tourists are back home. Sure, it would be great to take some time off and get ready for spring, but the truth is, the empty schedule makes us a bit sad. After all, the exhibitions are up and good thoughts jarred…
We have open spaces where you can crunch juicy culture with two mouthfuls. We invite you to the museums of South Estonia! Whether you’re tired or sleepy, don’t worry – we’ll find just the right place for you. The sloth-friendly Ice Age Centre is definitely one of them.
It was already the wise men in Võru County, who said an empty sack cannot stand upright. We in South Estonia know this well. From 3–19 November, 58 different South-Estonian food places will offer many special dishes. As part of the campaign “From Forest to Plate”, forest products and local raw produce are served directly to visitors.
Eat first and then go enjoy some culture! Or the other way around?
Come alone, with a companion or your whole team! We have plenty of room!
Räpina Mäemõisa Manor House, also known as Sillapää Castle representing the Late Classical style was built in the middle of the 19th century. The centre and annexes of the original building had two storeys which were connected with one-storey galleries. The rear of the building is decorated by four Ionic columns with triangular pediment portico. In 1924 the predecessor of the gardening school started its activities in the building. During 1937-1938 the castle was reconstructed as a fully two-storey building.
Today the Manor House accommodates the Räpina Local Lore and Gardening Museum, the Räpina Music School and the Räpina Folk School.
The Karilatsi Open Air Museum is the largest open-air museum in South Estonia. It is situated near the historic postal road in Karilatsi village and can be easily located by an old windmill that is one of a kind on that road. The territory of the museum covers over 5 hectares. It includes carefully reconstructed historic buildings that create the atmosphere of the parish centre about 100 years ago and allow visitors to experience life in Karilatsi back then. The heart of the museum is the old village school with an exposition that covers the history of local schooling and educational system. The exposition also includes numerous agricultural old-timers, such as steam engines and threshing machines.
The carfts and souvenir counter of Räpina Creative Centre sells the creation of local masters: a wide selection of ceramics, stained glass, greeting cards, albums and notebooks, candles, textile items, jewellery and many other interesting items. We also accept custom orders.
If you would like to craft something yourself, then groups can participate in various workshops that need to be booked in advance.
The museums in Setomaa were merged into one institution at the beginning of 2019. There are 4 different expositions: Värska visitor center – Reeg’s house, Värska farm museum, Saatse and Obinitsa museum.
Mõniste Rural Life Museum is the oldest open-air museum in Estonia. The exposition offers an excellent overview of the local rural life from the Stone Age till the first half of the 20th century, providing a rare opportunity to visit a wooden lavvu, a threshing barn used as a dwelling, several other barns, a granary, etc. Furthermore, visitors can explore and shop at the store of Mõniste Tarwitajate Ühisus (Mõniste Consumers’ Association). It was closed before World War II, however, after its previous ambience and interior design were fully recreated, it continues to serve as a village shop.
Vastseliina Episcopal Castle is a fabulous place, full of myths and legends, located on a large outcrop in the middle of wild nature. In addition, the remains of the castle and a holy shrine have been here since the 14th century, and recently opened its doors Medieval Theme Park and Pilgrim House. Visitors can also see the manor park and stroll along the nature trails, or enter a lovely little chapel that is there for passerby.
Have you ever been in the midst of thousands of angels? We offer this powerful and unforgettable experience in the recently opened museum / thematic house Inglite Kodu.
Our family has a collection of over 3,000 angels and elves. The farthest we have brought them here is from New Zealand. We have porcelain, glass, metal, wood, and also textile angels.
Here, you can escape the rest of the world and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the middle of angels. You can also buy lovely gifts and souvenirs here.
The most exciting military theme park in the Baltic region is located in Valga. The motto of our location is “100 years related to military affairs”. It is a safe place for organising camps for children and youth with activities on the spot and outings to WWII battle grounds near the Väike-Emajõgi River.
Through the Museum’s exhibitions and events, one can take a look at Estonians’ everyday lives in different periods. Interactive displays offer hands-on experience; it is possible to observe what an Estonian home looks like, explore Estonian cuisine and make oneself familiar with local dress, language and customs.
Did you know that the biggest (and probably the best) sports museum in Baltics is located in Tartu, Estonia? We introduce you to the history of Estonian sports and make sure you have fun while learning about it! We are not “just another museum” – our exclusive historical materials together with exciting and fun hands-on attractions mean visiting us just one time is clearly not enough.
The aim of Science Centre AHHAA is to introduce science to everyone and encourage studying through the joy of discovery. More than 3 million people of different ages have visited our exhibitions and other science events. In addition to trying out numerous ´hands-on´ exhibits on our various exhibitions, visitors of AHHAA can also take part in workshops, enjoy planetarium and science theatre shows.
Ice Age Centre is an exciting theme park meant for the whole family! We offer the joy of discovery for visitors of all ages! We are a unique visiting centre in the Baltic States – you will see life-sized prehistoric animals and experience how the world and Estonian nature has developed through the ages.
This is the oldest theatre in Estonia, founded in Tartu in 1870 and is the only three-genre theatre in the region, staging music theatre (operas, operettas and musicals), dance theatre (classical ballet and modern dance) and drama.
The story of beer culture, which spans thousands of years, is told in the Beer World, one of the newest and most contemporary experience centres in Tartu. The fully preserved historical malt tower, which is known as a symbol of the city and one of the rarest industrial buildings in Europe, is the heart of the museum. In addition to its unique architecture, you’ll find exciting installations and interactive exhibits as well as fascinating stories and legends in the Beer World.
The Kalevipoeg Museum is a unique place to discover the legend of the Estonian national epic. The museum, which reopened in 2020 completely renovated, approaches the stories of the giant hero in a new way – visitors can experience them first-hand through interactive technical solutions.
Welcome to the 19th century! In the schoolhouse, you can try out old school desks, write with a slate pencil, pen and ink and pretend to be a pupil of that time. Some schoolboys from more distant villages slept in this authentic and historic schoolhouse.
The Onion Route is located at a perfect distance from the university town of Tartu – the heart of the Onion Route, Alatskivi, is just 40 km away. It is perfect for a day trip from Tartu, or one could include visiting the Onion Route to the trip back to the Northern Estonia, or choose it as a separate destination for a prolonged adventure.
Kuremaa Classicist manor house was built in 1837-1843 by the von Oettingen family. The manor house was designed by the architect E. J. T. Strauss from Tartu. There is also a room for a museum in the castle which gives an overview of the region and of the history of Kuremaa Agricultural School. At present the rooms of the castle are used for organising conferences. The park rich in species descends towards lake Kuremaa which attracts visitors with its well-kept beach and possibilities for taking a rest.
Hotel Pesa is a Green Key hotel. It offers accommodation in a quiet South-Estonian town called Põlva.
The hotel is located close to the city centre of Põlva, straight across the road of the local hospital. Road signs with driving instructions will lead you right to us. Our reception desk will welcome you, no matter what time you will arrive. If you come by car, you can leave it in the parking lot across the road from the hotel, which is under close neighbourhood watch.
We are surrounded by spectacular scenery and acres of space, we offer quality catering and fun adventure activities, our staff is friendly and always ready to help. The Taevaskoja holiday centre holds its head up high.
Accommodation in Värska sanatorium hotel gives you the opportunity for a relaxing and restorative holiday in private, with family or friends. Nestled in the heart of nature, far from industry and the noise of the city, Värska Sanatorium stands like a bright cruise ship at the head of Värska Bay.
In the middle of South Estonian pine forests and lakes you can find a cosy and comfortable hotel Kubija Hotel & Nature Spa. In our hotel you can enjoy a pampering body treatments, visit the spa and sauna center or find harmony with the nature and with ourselves.
The mild wind from the lake whispers softly in the ancient trees in the park. A pair of swans glides over the mirror-smooth water in the morning silence. The falling dusk is coloured by the purple glow of the sunset sky. Welcome to Pühajärve!
There are 41 standard rooms (single, twin, double, triple) in the certified 3*** hotel of Tehvandi. The hotel can accommodate 100 people in total, incl. additional bed spaces. The rooms have WiFi and drying cabinets. Free parking, playroom for children, washing room, lobby bar.
Hotel Metsis is a stylish and comfortable hotel with pleasant service and an excellent location in the town of Valga.
The hotel building is made unique by its historical background – it was built in 1912 as a school. In 2005, it was renovated and turned into a hotel, and it is furnished with romantic antique furniture that has been complemented with impressive details. The hotel’s interior design has been created by designer Merle Eek.
18 comfortable rooms are waiting for you in the hotel. 40 guests can be accommodated in total.
An unique hotel experience. Art Hotel Pallas is not your regular hotel. It is vibrant and edgy lifestyle hotel at the heart of Tartu full of fantastic art, respecting good people and a good sleep.
Estonia’s one and only art hotel, a hub of creativity and comfort, was opened in 1999 and thoroughly renovated in the spring of 2020 under the guidance of architect Ville Lausmäe. The interior inspired by the artists of the Pallas art school takes you on an artistic journey, leaving your body and soul invigorated and well-rested at the same time. Paintings in abundant colour palettes cover all the hotel walls and even the ceilings of some selected hotel rooms. We make your stay a work of art.
In 1999, the hotel received the Annual Award of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects;
In 2014, the hotel was selected as one of the top 10 Baltic hotels by The Guardian newspaper. The Guardian brings out the interior of the hotel, highlighting the reviving of its historical background in the design.
A hotel for smart people. Hotel Sophia was created with the wish to offer an excellent hotel experience with a reasonable price. Our aim is to offer our guests more than simply accommodation, be it a holiday, business or conference trip. Therefore, we have combined innovative ideas and thoughts inspired by a smart and active lifestyle.
Coop Hotel is located on the main street of Jõgeva city center. The hotel building is with a very dignified history. It all started almost 100 years ago in 1919, when the Economic Union of Jõgeva was formed – the goal was to open a shop in the town. Learn more about our history.
Coop Hotel opened the doors in September 2021 and a new long and wide chapter of history can continue.
If you are looking for a pleasant and beautiful place to relax, our sauna house is perfect for you. A large house with three bedrooms (2 rooms are walk-through) and versatile amenities awaits you, which comfortably accommodates up to 10 people. Bed linen and towels are provided according to the number of people booked. The house has its own kitchen and terrace with shelter and grill. Indoor Finnish sauna and outdoor hot tub. In hot weather, you can turn on the air conditioner or go swimming in Lake Kaiavere.
Wild taste experiences will surprise you all over South Estonia
South Estonia is an interesting and versatile region, constantly offering new flavors inspired by the surroundings, both traditional and modern.
As part of the “From Forest to Plate” campaign, you can enjoy exciting dishes from the special menu of South-Estonian food places, in which Estonian forest products are used as at least one component and which mostly consist local raw produce. The special menu costs 25–30 euros.
The South-Estonian taste campaign is organized by the South-Estonian Tourism Cluster, Tartu City, Jõgeva County Cooperation Chamber and Viljandi County Development Center.
Kupland – a land specially designed for remote work
Find a remote job in the beautiful South-East of Estonia! Whether it’s a shared office, a cozy cafe or a rustic farm – Kupland helps you find the right place where you can focus on what’s most important.
We mostly help people who work with computers, who have done it in the same environment, but need a slight change. Kupland’s umbrella brand unites people who work remotely in South-East Estonia (in Võru County, Põlva County and Valga County). Here you can find a suitable workplace for you or your team!
Between all the skillful people, we will raffle off many great prizes:
· Museum Card
Museum Card is a joint ticket for Estonian museums that allows you to visit more than 100 museums and 500 exhibitions within a year.
· Helicopter simulation (for up to six people) and museum tickets to the Valga Military Theme Park
Experience flying in a helicopter, while staying safely on the ground! Our pilot will gladly escort you to the chopper, offer a cool drink and snacks. You can see the flight path over Valga; down the Kuperjanov Street to St. John’s Church and back along the Pedel’s river bank.
· Ice Age Centre’s family ticket
In the Ice Age Centre, you will meet a mammoth and a polar bear and get to know a lot about the nature of Estonia and the world.
· Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum’s family ticket
The Sports Museum is an attractive experience museum where all sports fans get a chance to participate as well and feel like a winner.
· Estonian National Museum’s annual family pass
The annual family pass gives you the right to visit exhibitions an unlimited number of times during the year. The family ticket is valid for up to two adults with minor children. In addition, you get a 10% discount in the museum shop with the card.
· Estonian Road Museum’s family ticket
The collections of the Road Museum – which is located on almost ten hectares – include more than 43,000 items, including the largest collection of road graders in Eastern Europe.
All you need to do to participate in the raffle is to join our newsletter. We promise not to clog your inbox and only send valuable information about what is happening in South Estonia. The raffle takes place on 24.11.2023. Winners will be notified via e-mail.
PS! The Valga Military Theme Park, Kalevipoja Koda and the Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum have presented a gift to all participants in the draw. Enter your e-mail address and find out what your surprise is!