Attractions

Castle in Rakvere

Rakvere Castle

Rakvere’s star attraction differentiates itself from other such mouldering ruins by offering hands-on, medieval-style amusements. While much is aimed towards children (dress-up costumes, a petting zoo), adults will …
Church in Rakvere

Holy Trinity Church

Dating from the beginning of the 15th century, although it’s been damaged and repaired several times since, this rather lovely Lutheran church has a 62m steeple, a carved pulpit with painted panels (1690) and some i…
Church in Rakvere

Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

When we visited a new layer of bling was being added to this cute 19th-century Orthodox church, with its elegant onion domes in the process of being gilded. It contains the relics of Sergius Florinsky, a local pries…
Museum in Rakvere

Citizen’s House Museum

There are many historic wooden and stone buildings on Pikk street, including this 18th-century home, kitted out mainly in early-20th-century garb. Displays include a cobbler’s workshop, a collection of children’s to…
Forest in Rakvere

Rakvere Oak Grove

Covering the next hill along from the castle, this 23-hectare expanse of mature oak and lime forest is a wonderful place for a leafy stroll. Although there probably was a sacred oak grove here in ancient times, the …
Monument in Rakvere

Tarvas Statue

Looming large near the castle, this massive 7-tonne, 3.5m-high, 7.1m-long statue was completed by local artist Tauno Kangro to commemorate the town’s 700th anniversary in 2002. You might be forgiven for thinking tha…
Square in Rakvere

Market Square

For a Soviet-era plaza, Tartu's expansive main square is actually pretty cool. Big yellow steel lamps arch over pebble circles and fountains, and there's a whimsical statue of composer Arvo Pärt pictured as a young …