Lake Võrtsjärv

Lake Võrtsjärv is the second largest Lake in Estonia, after Lake Peipus, and is situated quite in the centre of the country. The largest parts of the Lake are to be found in the districts of Tartumaa and Viljandimaa and only a few square kilometres in the district of Valgamaa.


The almost uninhabited area on the eastern side of the Lake has only some architectural sights to offer. Churches in the villages of Rõngu, Rannu and Puhja, which were all built in the 14th and 15th century could, for example, be of some interest.


Apart from that, damp lowlands and large bogs dominate the hinterland on the east side of Lake Võrtsjärv. There is even a short cliff line at the village of Tamme. In general, there are not many roads that take you from route 47 directly to Lake Võrtsjärv. Therefore, the shores are rather sparsely populated with sunbathers.


The north and west banks of the approximately 270-square-kilometre large Lake Võrtsjärv lie in the district of Viljandimaa. But these banks are not ideal for bathing either – they are hardly accessible and full of reed. It’s a pity. Lake Võrtsjärv could be ideal for swimming as it is not very deep and the water can get quite warm in summer.


A welcome exception is a beach on the north banks near Vaibla. A fine sandy beach and excellent water create an enjoyable holiday atmosphere. One should keep in mind that despite its location in northeast Europe it can get as hot as 30°C in Estonia in the middle of the summer. Then, it is good to know where to spend a refreshing day near the water or at a huge lake.



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