We know Estonia

26.6.2015 | Estonia

Southern Estonia

Southern Estonia

It is often said that the nicest people in Estonia come from the south. To find out if this is true, set co-ordinates due south and head for the true soul of the country. From small, friendly and independent-minded towns through to the hilliest part of a flat country, there is everything you could need to loosen up.

Valgamaa, Põlvamaa, and Võrumaa are three counties in Southern Estonia, where Estonia borders Russia and Latvia. The population of these three counties is a little under 100,000. Distances are short and there is a great deal to see!

The country’s largest trees, tallest ‘mountains’ and deepest lakes, are just some of the reasons to visit this area and its people. Here you will also hear different dialects of the Estonian language, including that of the Seto people.

The Seto people celebrate their king on the first Saturday in August, along with some of the best folk music and beer. This year, Kingdom Day will be celebrated at Obinitsa. In Võru, the folklore festival will take place from 8-12 July, which will include dancers, singers, and musicians from all over Estonia.Many rivers flow through this area, and in some places, around high sand cliffs that the rivers have dug out naturally over time. One of the most impressive is Taevaskoja on Ahja River, where at its peak, the sandy cliff reaches 20 metres. Even taller is the Härma wall beside the Piusa River in Meremäe County.

How to get there?

The train from Tartu to Põlva and Taevaskoja leaves twice daily and takes about an hour to get to Valga. Take the bus from Tallinn to Võru in about four hours. The trip from Tallinn to Valga takes about the same amount of time. There are dozens of connections. For a full train schedule visit: www.elron.ee. For a full bus schedule visit: www.tpilet.ee

Travel Distances:

Tallinn- Viljandi 159 km

Tallinn- Võru 253 km

Tallinn- Valga 267 km

Viljandi- Valga 88 km

Viljandi- Võru 124 km

Tallinn- Põlva 231 km

Võru- Põlva 25 km


For more information visit:




TOP 5 Southern Estonia


Go to Viljandi Folk Festival (23-26 July), a weekend event that attracts traditional musicians from all over the world to a little town in south Estonia.


Go hillwalking up Suur Münamägi and Vaike Münamägi, Estonia’s highest hills, offering Instagram-worthy views of the countryside for miles around.


Go forest-trekking in Taevaskoja, a tiny and unspoilt village surrounded by a 150 year-old coniferous forest.


Visit the Estonian Traditional Music Centre for a look at Estonia's greatest emerging musical talents, and to better understand the history of this musical form of which Estonians are so proud.


Zip-lining, climbing, and catapulting are all thrills to be experienced at some of Southern Estonia’s adventure parks, like the Otepää Adventure Park, the Tartu Adventure Park, or the Valma Adeventure Park on the shore of Lake Võrtsjärv.


25.5.2017 | Estonia

Another world

Another world

Western Estonia's islands have a long history.   The history of Estonia’s islands goes back about 8000 years. You will … Read more

23.5.2017 | Estonia

A summer destination for the whole family

A summer destination for the whole family

Pärnu offers activities for everyone.   Within a few kilometres of Pärnu you will find the biggest racetrack in the … Read more

20.5.2017 | Estonia

Far from Tallinn

Far from Tallinn

The farthest distance from Tallinn is about 250 km and that’s about as far as you can drive in Estonia. … Read more

16.5.2017 | Estonia

Alternating beach views

Alternating beach views

Northern Estonia invites visitors to explore the many different beaches of the region. Northern Estonia’s tallest limestone cliff is located … Read more

29.4.2017 | Estonia

Recharge Outdoors

Recharge Outdoors

Escape the city with a hike in the woods on one of RMK’s many trails.   Hiking in Estonia is … Read more

25.4.2017 | Estonia

New plants for the garden

New plants for the garden

There are many garden centres in and around Tallinn, where you will find great prices on trees, bushes, and other … Read more

13.4.2017 | Estonia

Easter at the Open Air Museum

Easter at the Open Air Museum

Easter has many names in Estonian - Egg Holiday, Spring Holiday, Swing Holiday. You can learn about Estonian Easter traditions … Read more

8.4.2017 | Estonia

April events

April events

01 The unbelievable 5th season Experience an unforgettable sight at Soomaa National Park, where flooding rivers cover a space of … Read more