Suur Munamägi (Big Egg Hill) is not only Estonia's highest hill, but also that of the Baltics in general. Don't expect too much of it: It's only 318m high! In fact, you don't even recognize it as extraordinarily high as all hills around it are only some meters smaller. But nevertheless this place is a must when in the area. After climbing some...more
It surely is a must if You are already nearby !Castle was started to built om 25.march 1342. At first it was called after Virgin Marian and when it was winished it was called new castle ( Castrum Novum, Neuhausen, Nyhusen, Nowogrodek ). It was located in a really important place as old Livlands border was nearby and main road to between Livland,...more
Right now stands this orthodox church empty, only storknest in the top of roof shows that somebody lives there :) It is beautiful building. Estonian Orthodox Church plans to renovate this church within next year and wants to build new monastery for 15 munks and guesthouse nearby. at least preast Rafale Hinrikus hopes so.Plaani church is built in...more
Piiri Kõrts is located near the Vastseliina Castle and is on the previos important road from Riga to Pskov. Tavern with horse-post station is mentioned already in 1695 year road atlas.
Tavern sold local Manor productions and was used as guesthouse and entertainment place.
Favorite Dish: We stopped only shortly in there so I had time to grab a beer. Estonian Saku beer is very good !
Well, we had Tartu Sensatsiooniline Kevad Band with us in this hiking trip and enjoyed their perfomance in Rogosi Manors culture house.
Dress Code: Free. Be aware that You have to jump as high as You can and You have to dance as long as concert lasts :D
In old days Haanja's man used to ski with only one cane, with other hand they hold cord what was tied with skinose ! Drawing the cord helped them stop easely. Climbing to hill one cane helped a lot and skis draged behind tied with cord :D
...can take all Your atention so You forget about time or surroundings ;)
Unique Suggestions: Ask fellow traveller to pinch Yoy : D
Fun Alternatives: heheee
Take time to climb in higher points and You will be awarded with views like this ! This is Kõomäe hill.
The Haanja Marathon takes place annually and is one of Estonia's biggest cross-country skiing events. Hundreds of daring skiers enter the marathon and choose a distance of either 20 or 40km. Then they disappear somewhere in the woods near Haanja and come back exhausted hours later... It's a great event in the area and often, even some foreigners participate.
Equipment: skis are recommended... and of course a lot of power because cross-country skiing indeed is a little exhausting
Ööbikuorg gotr it's name by the local Rouges school director Adolf Assor who named this valley because of nightingales. Ööbik = Nightingale ( the bird ). There are lots of nightingales singing in this valley in the spring. Can You imagine that ? I stood there in the edge of Ööbiku valleyapprox. 10 min. and just enjoyed the silence and the view and...more