Top Choice Beach in Pärnu

Pärnu Beach

Pärnu’s long, wide, sandy beach – sprinkled with volleyball courts, cafes and changing cubicles – is easily the city’s main drawcard. A curving path stretches along the sand, lined with fountains, park benches and a…
Top Choice Gallery in Pärnu

Museum of New Art

Pärnu's former Communist Party headquarters now houses one of Estonia's edgiest galleries. As part of its commitment to pushing the cultural envelope, it stages an international nude art exhibition every summer. Fou…
Gate in Pärnu

Tallinn Gate

The typical star shape of the 17th-century Swedish ramparts that once surrounded the Old Town can easily be spotted on a colour map as most of the pointy bits are now parks. The only intact section, complete with it…
Museum in Pärnu

Koidula Museum

The memory of one of Estonia’s poetic greats, Lydia Koidula (1843–86), is kept alive in this modest six-room museum in her former home/schoolhouse. The old classroom and the antique-strewn living room and bedrooms a…
Church in Pärnu

St Elizabeth’s Lutheran Church

Named after John the Baptist's mum but also the Russian empress at the time it was built (1747), this baroque church has low dangling chandeliers, a Gothic-style carved wooden pulpit and a wonderful altarpiece of th…
Museum in Pärnu

Pärnu Museum

This museum covers 11,000 years of regional history, from prehistoric archaeological relics, right up to a reconstruction of a Soviet-era apartment. Pride of place goes to the star exhibit, an 8000-year-old 'Stone-A…
Historic Building in Pärnu

Town Hall

This 1797 neoclassical building now houses the tourist office and a small gallery space. Also note the half-timbered house, dating from 1740, diagonally opposite across Nikolai.
Church in Pärnu

St Catherine’s Orthodox Church

Built in 1768, this superb baroque church is named after Russian empress Catherine the Great, while also name-checking the early Christian martyr.