Now you’re going to laugh about me 🙂 But yes.
The highest peak in Estonia (and the Baltic states), reaching 318 metres (1,043 ft) above sea level. Suur Munamägi (translation is ” Big Egg Mountain” ) is located near the village of Haanja, in Võru County in the south-eastern corner of Estonia, close to the borders of both Latvia and Russia.
View and the landscape around the Suur Munamägi is impressive . Forest. Forests cover about 50% of the territory of Estonia.
Estonia is the Paradise of Introverts 🙂
Estonians saying : A good neighbour is one where you can just barely see the smoke of their chimney from your window.’
In Estonia you can feel, how is to be last soul in the Earth 🙂 You can drive through the Estonian countryside and not see another living soul for miles.
Close to Suur Munamägi
- Start your tour from Võru. Võru is a city in South Estonia, near the Tartu Marathon skiing tracks, popular winter sports centres & near the most popular sightseeing places in Estonia.
- the deepest lake in Estonia – Rõuge Suurjärv, where it is possible to take swim, catch fish and ride a boat.
- Vastseliina Episcopal Castle was built-in 1342 on the lands of the Bishop of Tartu and it became one of the most powerful fortifications in old Livonia
- Sangaste Castle. The castle was built earl Bergs, rye breeder – “Estonian rye King” Castle in the Vinzor style,
- Practically all Estonians speak or at least understand English. Generation +40 speak and understand Russian. Because of the similarity of languages Estonians are able to understand Finnish. Children learn German, French and some Swedish or Chinese at school
- almost everywhere you can pay with a card. ATM -s are in bigger places and petrol stations.
- and yes, this is not fairy tale. almost everywhere in Estonia is Wifi
In South Estonia:
- swim in a forest lake after smoke sauna
- Berries and mushrooms can be picked from July until the first snow falls.and yes, this is very ok, eat wild berries picked from the forest.
Best Souvenirs to buy from Estonia
- Kalev chocolate, liqueur Old Tallinn/Vana Tallinn, Balbiino ice cream and Tallinna spiced sprats (Tallinna vürtsikilu)
- Handicrafts made of linen, wool, wood, juniper or limestone. Haapsalu scarf.
(NB! In Tallinn Viru Street you can find a lot of amber and Matrjoschka. Amber is from Lithuania and Matrjoschka from Russia. Both countries are beautiful and with rich culture and interesting history. I suggest to visit Lithuania and Russia :))
- for children, everything about and with Lotte.
Estonian Food you Must to Try
- visit Estonian supermarkets and buy some Estonian dairy products: kohuke, kodujuust (cottage cheese), hapukoor (sour cream). Buy Kama and rye bread, handicraft beer
- In restaurants ask for quark cake, soups with dumplings, meat balls or cabbage. Semolina cream, quark cream or bread cream. Local lake fish. Drink kefir, kvass or local beer. Värska mineral water. And Estonian tap water and forest spring water are clean, pure and drinkable.
- check and google timetable for Viljandi Folk, Pärnu Weekend, Jazzkaar, PÖFF or Laulupidu.
- buy movie about Estonian history: ” Nimed marmortahvlil”, ” Tants aurukatla ümber”, ” “Tuulepealne maa”. Or ” Malev”, this is comedy and pseudo history, but very good summary about Estonians.
- Music: Pärt ja Tüür. Tõnis Mägi, The Sun; Metsatöll and TradAttack. And read my blog posts. I gave a lot of links for good Estonian music.