City Walk in Pärnu – The sunny side of Estonia

Besides the beautiful beach and sea, Pärnu is – from a tourist point of view – famous for its Old Town and the spa district. The simple street architecture in the historic city centre makes it very easy for tourists to find their way.


The Rüütli Street. Centre of the Old Town in Pärnu.

In addition, large parts of the centre are pedestrian areas so that there’s enough space to walk around and enjoy the calm atmosphere while discovering the city. Numerous beautiful cafés and restaurants complete the lovely image of the city.


Coming from Tallinn, you’ll cross the bridge and are almost in the center. There you can find the theatre, the Town Hall (Raekoda), in which classicist and art nouveau elements are combined and the baroque St. Catherine’s Church (Katariina kirik) which was completed in 1768.


The Hanseatic Days in Pärnu. Tallinn Gate in background.

Rüütli Street with several nicely restored buildings is the heart of the Old Town. Tallinn Gate (Tallinna värav), the only part, which has remained of the ancient town wall, is not far from the centre.


Within a short walking distance from Rüütli Street, there is the baroque Elisabeth Church (Eliisabeti kirik) which originates from the 18th century and Koidula Park, where you can admire a statue of the first Estonian poetess Lydia Koidula (1843 – 1886).


Through the park to the beach.

In the south stretches the long sandy beach – the pride of Pärnu. In this area, you can find mud treatment facilities, spas and hotels.


The beach and the spas are popular places to visit. Also, the beach park and luxurious art nouveau mansions are worth seeing.



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