Rakvere Travel Guide

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  • Rakvere
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Rakvere Things to Do

  • Town Square

    The wide, expansive town square has been renovated beyond recognition. Once a place to tie up your cows ready for market, it's now a pleasantly designed, well laid out and relaxing park. It has fountains, and marbled patterned surface, with big, clean benches sitting under the square's most distinctive feature: giant pixie hats hanging from white...

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  • Tarvas Statue

    Near the castle, on Vallimägi hill, overlooking one of the main roads into the town, is the giant seven ton bronze bull statue. Now as I said in the intro, the town used to be called Tarvaspää, or Bull's Head, so it's no surprise that they mark the town's 700th birthday by building a statue of a huge, imposing bull. I would liked to have got more,...

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  • Rakvere Castle

    This particular castle has been around since the 14th century, but there's evidence that it dates back much further than that. Before the stone castle, there was very likely a wooden fortification on the same spot.There's not much left, due to it seeing a lot of combat. This was long a troubled region. The castle has been occupied by Germans,...

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  • Inside Rakvere Castle

    Rakvere castle is usually closed during the winter, but we got lucky because they had opened it for three tour groups from Latvia and they let us in to see it. There is a small torture chamber and horror house, a sword museum, and restaurant inside of the castle. There are also exhibits of life in the castle.It cost about $3.50(40EEK) per person...

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  • Other things to do in Rakvere.

    In Rakvere there is also "Old Town" along Pikk street."Trinity church" which was built during the 14th and 15th centuries."Okaskroon", a memorial to Estonians deported to Siberia, and next to it is a german military cemetery.

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  • Manor houses

    There are many manor houses located around Rakvere, including Arkna, Karitsa, Kloodi, Kullaaru, Lasila, Madipea, and Veltsi. Farther out there are also probably the most famous of Estonian manors, Saagadi and Palmse: both of which are now very nice hotels.(see my Sagadi travelpage)

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  • Rakvere castle

    The Danes built the first stone stronghold on Vallimae Hill around 1302 but it has had may different owners throughout its lifetime. In 1605 it was permanantly abandoned and allowed to fall into ruin. But recently part of it has been renovated and it now houses a museum. During the summer open air concerts and festivals are held there. The large...

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  • Castle

    The castle was first mentioned in old records in 1226 at which time the town, ruled by Danes, was called Wesenberg. The town was freed by the Danish king in 1302.After Virumaa and Harjumaa passed into the possession of the Livonian Order in 1347, a major reconstruction of the castle was carried out in several stages. The castle was under Danish,...

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  • Bull

    Well, if you go to the castle you can't miss the big sculpture of a bull in front of it -- it's become a sort of landmark and people have their photos taken in front of it -- I stayed behind the camera ....

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  • A great manor house nearby

    If you are in the Laane-Virumaa county or just in Rakvere, you should definitely plan a half-a-day-trip to Palmse, to see one of the most magnificent, famous and best restored manor houses in Estonia. The manor house itself is quite spectacular both inside and out - the nice interior design, royal look etc. make it a popular place for fancy events...

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  • A cool monument

    This huge (7 tons) ox was sculpted by one of the most popular contemporary estonian artsist - Tauno Kangro, and it is supposed to commemorate the time when Rakvere was first given the Lybeck city rights back in the beginning of the 13th century. Well, anyways, it's a really nice sculpture right next to the stronghold ruins.

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  • The ruins of the stronghold

    The ruins, which are actually not that ruined at all ;), as you can see from the picture, are usually the main reason for visitors coming to Rakvere. You can have a great view from the top of the mountain where the stronghold stood, look around between the ancient walls, visit the museum, see a performance and so on...

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  • The Statue of an Aurochs

    Not far from the castle you can find the Statue of an Aurochs after which the ancient name of Rakvere came into being. The statue was opened on June 15th, 2002 to celebrate the passing of 700 years since Rakvere got the town rights.The statue was made by very famous Estonian sculptor Tauno Kangro.The height of the statue is 3,5 m, length 7,1 m,...

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  • Rakvere Stonecastle

    You are able to climb the stairs and have a beautiful view from the ruins to the surrounding areas. There are also some exhibitions now and then that are good to visit.

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  • Rakvere Stonecastle

    During the summertime, the Rakvere Stonecastle ruins are used for open-air theater. If you happen to be in Estonia during the summer and care for theater, you can have a fantastic experience over there!

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Rakvere Hotels

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  • Aqva Hotel & Spa

    Parkali 4, Rakvere, 44308, Estonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Wesenbergh

    Tallinna 25, Rakvere, 44311, Estonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Guesthouse Katariina

    Pikk 3, Rakvere, 44307, Estonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Rakvere Restaurants

  • Nice Traditional restaurant

    I was told that during soviet times this restaurant was a very popular place but now it is a traditional Estonian restaurant and I don't know if it's the same or not.The place has two sides, the right side is a restaurant/bar and the left side is a cafe that is cheaper and not quite as nice, but I'm sure the food comes from the same kitchen.The...

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  • Asian Restaurant and Bar

    Virma pub and Dragon house restaurant are the same place, but when looking for it it only says "Virma pubi" on the outside. They serve Chinese, Thai, Indian, and local cuisine. The first night we ate there we had Chinese, which was good but average. I asked the waitress where the cook was from and she said he was Indian. So when we ate there again...

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Rakvere Transportation

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    by antistar Written Aug 12, 2010

    Rakvere is the main transport hub of this part of Estonia, and lies on the main route from Tallinn to Narva on the Russian border. So for a small town it's transport links are pretty good. The best bet is to take a bus - it's about a two hour journey from Tallinn. Buses run regularly throughout the day, especially on the Tallinn-Narva route. There is also a train running this route, although you won't see many during the day. The locals all prefer the bus.

    The bus station is very central, just south of the main square.

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Rakvere Favorites

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    by Travelchili Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: You can find the tourist office in Laada Street 14 and the opening times are as follows:

    May 15 - Sept 15:
    Mon-Fri 10 a.m - 6 p.m;
    Sat & Sun: 10 a.m - 3 p.m

    Sept 16 - May 14:
    Mon - Fri 10 a.m - 5 p.m

    If you have any questions and you want to call them, the phone number is +372 32 42 734

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