Lonely Planet review
According to legend, 3.5km-long Pühajärv was formed from the tears of the mothers who lost their sons in a battle of the Kalevipoeg epic. Its islands are said to be their burial mounds. Pagan associations linger, with major midsummer festivities held here every year. The lake was blessed by the Dalai Lama when he came to Tartu in 1991; a monument near the sandy beach on the northeastern shore commemorates his visit. The popular beach has waterslides, a swimming pontoon, a cafe and lifeguards in summer. A blissful 12km nature trail and bike path encircles the lake.