Pärnu – beach life and spas

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Pärnu is a well-known spa and health resort, with its famous summer attraction, the long and sandy beach. Mud treatment baths have attracted people to the city for centuries. The city's first spa opened in 1838. Pärnu is also the summer capital of Estonia.

Pärnu is located 130 km from Tallinn and by car it takes just under two hours. The charming city with a population of 40 000, has something to offer the whole family, from children to grandparents, just as well as for friend groups or someone travelling alone.

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Maarja-Magdaleena Guild

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The Mary Magdalene Guild gathers artisans and artists of arts and crafts. At workshops you can, with help of an artisan instructor, make by hand all kinds of fun. For example a self-made bracelet, a unique souvenir. The whole family will thrive here. 

Maarja-Magdaleena Guild

Pärnu museum

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At the Pärnu museum you can travel thousands of years back in city history. The time travel starts at stone ages and ends during the Soviet era. Pärnu museum has a permanent exhibition “11 000 years of history – experiences from the past”. The museum is one of the most modern history museums in the Baltics.  

Pärnu museum

Mini Zoo

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At the Mini Zoo you can get to know all kinds of reptiles and spiders. More than 50 species, like the Texas rattlesnake or the Tokay Gecko, live in the terrariums. The staff will tell you about the different species and the bravest visitors can even hold some of the animals, the harmless ones. Guiding also in Finnish.

Mini Zoo

Everything at the walking distance

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When roaming around town on foot, you can learn about the different worlds present in Pärnu, such as the historical centre and the romantic beach area with its elegant 1920-30's spa building architecture.

On a beautiful summer's day, you can truly enjoy yourself on the long, long beach of Pärnu. Shallow, it is safe for children. There are many activities available at the beach.

Museum of New Art

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The Museum of New Art is the city's cultural centre. The exhibitions are surprising and the collection holds about 400 works and more than 1200 documentary films. The museum is well-known for its traditional summer exhibition of nudes and for the Pärnu Film Festival. 

Museum of New Art

Swimming at Valgerand

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At a distance of 8 km from the town centre, there is the most beautiful beach on the Pärnu Bay - the Valgerand. The beach, opening to the South, receives sun all day along, and a pine forest protects it from northern winds. There is a playground on the beach for children as well as a fun adventure park and boat rentals.


Day at the waterpark

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Jump into a water slide at a height of 11 metres! The largest waterpark in Estonia, the Tervise Paradiisi, features four different slide tubes, the longest of which is 100 metres. In addition, there are platforms for jumping, mountain streams with rapids, a warm outdoors pool, whirlpools, different types of saunas and a summer terrace.

Tervise Paradiis

Climb the bird watching tower

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The Pärnu Coastal Meadow Protection Area was established in 1958 to protect the endangered and rare species of plants and the moving dynes there. Go bird-watching and enjoy the bird-watching towers of the area.

Tips of Visit Pärnu

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Pärnu is a versatile travel resort. The link below has more information about what is happening in Pärnu and the neighbouring area as well as tips for activities. Have a peek at the Pärnu hints. 

Tips to Pärnu

Pärnu hotel packages

Check out the hotels in Pärnu and book your trip from here. 

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