Places in Southwestern Estonia
One of Estonia’s most charming towns, Viljandi overlooks a picturesque valley with tranquil Lake Viljandi at its centre. The Knights of the Sword founded a castle at Viljandi in the 13th century. The town around it later joined the Hanseatic League, but subsequently was subject to the comings and goings of Swedes, Poles and Russians.
Soomaa National Park
Embracing Estonia’s largest area of swamps, meadows and waterside forests, 390-sq-km Soomaa National Park (Soomaa literally means ‘land of wetlands’) is primarily made up of four bogs – Valgeraba, Öördi, Kikepera and Kuresoo – the peat layer of which measures 7m in places.
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