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Top Choice Castle in Viljandi

Viljandi Teutonic Order Castle

Set within a lush park, the scant remains of Viljandi's hilltop castle form a picturesque set of ruins and offer sweeping views over the valley and the lake below. Built in 1224 by the German Knights of the Sword on…
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…
Top Choice International in Pärnu

Lime Lounge

Bright and zesty Lime Lounge feels more like a cocktail bar than a restaurant, although the food really is excellent. The well-travelled menu bounds from Russia (borscht) to France (duck breast), Italy (delicious pa…
Top Choice Cafe in Pärnu

Piccadilly

Piccadilly offers a down-tempo haven for wine-lovers and vegetarians and an extensive range of hot beverages. Savoury options include delicious salads, sandwiches and omelettes, but really it’s all about the sweetie…
Church in Viljandi

St John’s Lutheran Church

This medieval church looks like it’s been given a Cape Cod Better Homes makeover, with pale-grey walls and a stone altar – rescuing it from its Soviet incarnation as a furniture warehouse. It was originally part of …
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…
Gallery in Viljandi

Kondas Centre

Housing vibrantly colourful works by local painter Paul Kondas (1900–85) and other self-taught artists working outside the mainstream, this is Estonia’s only gallery dedicated to naïve and outsider art. It’s not har…
Pub Food in Viljandi

Suur Vend

Friendly service, big portions, a pool table and boppy music from the jukebox create a cheerful mood at this cosy pub, with an outdoor deck and lots of dark wood inside. The wide-ranging menu offers few surprises an…
Museum in Viljandi

Viljandi Museum

Facing the old market square, this modest two-storey museum has displays tracing Viljandi’s history from the Stone Age to the mid-20th century. There are folk costumes, stuffed animals, old photos of the city, Vikin…